You probably won't be shocked to learn that the showrunners of Game of Thrones are big Monty Python geeks, but the Holy Grail easter egg they slipped into a scene earlier this season might surprise you. Unless you speak Low Valyrian, anyway.
Nerve and IFC collected history's top 50 comedy sketches in one mega-article full of YouTube and Quicktime clips. This is the ultimate Internet list, ever. (That sentence doesn't even make sense but it is true.) Below are my ten favorites from the list, if you only want to waste an hour and not your entire day.
Well, you have to hand it to the Crystal Leth, at least he's bringing something better than plot summary to the increasingly torpid Times Book Review. Lethem has the cover review, of Ian McEwan's novel(la) On Chesil Beach, in this week's Summer Reading issue, and he dives into close reading—yes, close reading—with what's, depending on one's view, either a cute bit of aw-shucks mixed metaphor or an atrocious bit of aw-shucks mixed metaphor that portends the wholesale dissolution of American letters:
PAUL BOUTIN — Hey, Mister Marketing Whiz: The office techies don't get your Seinfeld references. They didn't see that Bud Light ad with that one guy. If you seek the Holy Grail of nerdery, toss your copy of The Da Vinci Code and watch some Monty Python instead. No need to sit through all 46 episodes — after the jump, we've got instant instructions on how to make Python jokes at work. Our chief weapon is surprise!