The First Video That Meant Something To Me: Mötley Crüe's "Home Sweet Home"

I was probably 8 when I saw Mötley Crüe's video for "Home Sweet Home" for the first time—we got cable around 1986—but in the mid-80s MTV was playing it in heavy rotation, as they say, so I saw it a lot. And for an 8-year-old there was a lot to process, like that part in the beginning when Vince Neil kisses the crotch of a scantily clad lady on a poster. Also, the concept of the tour bus: It was clear that this was not just an ordinary bus, but rather some sort of magical, mystical lair where Adult Things went down. I did not yet know what I did not know, but I was starting to get an inkling. The video shows the band performing at an arena show in Houston, and those girls in the audience, gazing longingly up at Vince? That's who I wanted to be, feathered hair and all. I recently read the Crüe biography The Dirt (highly recommended) and now I know that at the time the band was completely fucked up on drugs and alcohol, hooking up with groupies constantly (well, except for poor, crippled Mick Mars) and fighting with each other, but the video just seemed to portray a band at the absolute pinnacle of stardom—if one that, at least according to that familiar, slightly ominous piano solo, knew there might be trouble ahead. READ MORE

Why R. Crumb Will Never Draw for the 'New Yorker' Again

For every freelancer who's ever had a story or a photo or an illustration killed by a capricious-seeming magazine editor, take heart! It happens even to the most famous of us. In the new issue of The Paris Review-edited by TPR managing editor and Awl pal Caitlin Roper!-R. Crumb explains why he'll never draw for David Remnick's New Yorker again. READ MORE

Last Night: PEN Gala, Hole

Last evening, Marisa Meltzer and Doree Shafrir went to the 2010 PEN Literary Gala at the American Museum of Natural History and then made their way to Terminal 5 to see a performance by the rock group Hole. READ MORE

Last Night: The London Review of Books Party

Last evening, Marisa Meltzer and Doree Shafrir went to the 30th anniversary celebration of the London Review of Books. READ MORE

Hendrik Hertzberg Getting All Up in Healthcare Legislation LIVE

If you've got a second, head over to The New Yorker's website, where Hendrik Hertzberg is LIVE CHATTING (once again!) about health care legislation. Ask him a question! (Someone just asked: "Who would you rather eat lunch with: Glenn Beck or Sean Hannity?")

Hey, Look, Bananas Are Exploding on This Guy's Face!

Oh of course, the old bananas exploding on face trick! Next time I'd like to see it without the mask, buddy. And with apples. [Via]

Smug Vegan Jonathan Safran Foer Has Lunch

Financial Times writer Emily Stokes recently had lunch with Jonathan Safran Foer at Gobo, a vegan restaurant on Sixth Ave. She seemed to find his personality as distasteful as their meal. His "Rejuvenate" juice, she writes, was "the color of manure." [FT]

Graydon Carter's Handwriting Analyzed

Graydon Carter had brunch at Little Owl in the West Village the other day, and he left a big doodle and a note with his check. I decided to ask my dog Lee what she thought. READ MORE

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Australians Weirdly Excited About Nudity

Photographer Spencer Tunick did another one of his large-group-of-naked-people photos over the weekend in Australia, and much to everyone's surprise, over 5,000 people showed up. "The organisers had only expected about half that number to take part," the BBC noted. Australians! Always up for a beer or a naked group photograph.