Lunch Break Reads: Bull Terrier Art, David Bowie Day, Ethan Hawke on Robin Williams, Ghostbusters-Themed Donuts, Bruce Wagner's L.A., and is the NFL Too Big to Fail? / by Lars Garvey Laing-Peterson

For a lot of people, a divorce that strips a house of all its furniture and a bull terrier probably wouldn't equal viral internet fame, but such is the case for artist Rafael Mantesso and his companion Jimmy Choo. What started as a few photographs of the last two residents of an empty house has now become a popular series on Instagram.

The photos are very much worth seeing, and it's nice to see a bull terrier being called "adorable" on the internet, especially in a world where a lot of people are still quite afraid of pit bulls and bull terriers.

More (including lots of amazing photos!) at PetaPixel.


Prepare yourselves! Next Tuesday is DAVID BOWIE DAY!

Full story at Consequence of Sound.


In an interview with Reuters about his documentary Seymour: An Introduction, which focuses on classical pianist Seymour Bernstein, Ethan Hawke opened up about his experiences with Robin Williams on the set of Dead Poets Society.

Something happened to me with Robin. It's the scene where he writes on the chalkboard, "I sound my barbaric yawp over the rooftops of the world," which is a Walt Whitman quote. And he wants me to sound my barbaric yawp. It's a very difficult scene to play and the director wanted to do it in one take. He wanted it to have an authenticity and it was one of the most wonderful experiences of my life. And when it was over, Robin just held my hand, and whispered, "Remember this." Very, very beautiful moment for me, you know? And I've hunted, sought that moment out again, all the time.

The entire (short) interview is worth a read, especially to hear Hawke's thoughts on classical music. It took him a little while (and required a fair amount of help from Richard Linklater), but Ethan Hawke is definitely growing on me.


Krispy Kreme is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters with donuts (or "doughnuts," as the British would have it, though that does seem to be an awful lot of unnecessary letters)!

According to The Guardian, these marshmallow-filled—really, what else could they be stuffed with?—treats will be available from September 29 until All Hallow's Eve, so you have will have some time to stuff your face full of Ghostbusters-y calories.

And if themed donuts weren't enough to get you all riled up, Yahoo! Films is reporting that Dan Akroyd wold like to see a Marvel-style universe grow up around the Ghostbusters franchise


While the David Cronenberg-directed film is getting mixed reviews, Map to the Stars' screenwriter Bruce Wagner has had one hell of an interesting life, which he shares some of with The Guardian. Growing up in the swirling nexus of Hollywood fame and celebrity, Wagner ended up dropping out of Beverly Hills High, working at book stores (where he pilfered numerous texts), driving both an ambulance and a limo, among other assorted odd jobs.

I used to give rich out-of-towners fake tours of stars’ homes in Holmby Hills. I’d point to this house or that and say, “Sinatra. Lucille Ball. Jimmy Stewart.” The addresses were available from curbside vendors but most of us were too bored or lazy to bother with veracity. One day, on a fake tour of Bel‑Air, I saw a dishevelled man in a bathrobe in the middle of the street. I slowed and took a closer look and couldn’t believe my eyes: Brian Wilson. He asked if we had a light for his cigarette. The Texans were so thrilled they tipped me $100. I finally understood the cryptic, dadaist bumper stickers popular at the time: I BRAKE FOR BRIAN WILSON.

If anyone's read any of his books—interestingly, also the source of a number of mixed reviews, ranging from comparisons to Nathaniel West's The Day of the Locust to people feeling "nauseous" and being unable to finish the text—let me know how they are, yeah?


And to close, more Pro Football talk: NPR asks the question, "Is the NFL too big to fail?", and Time analyzes Tom Brady's lack of comment on the NFL's recent scandals, looking at the New England Patriots' history of picking up problem players at big discounts.