James Lileks is a nationally syndicated writer, blogger, Star Tribune columnist, raconteur and pop culture archaeologist. We recently caught up with James to ask him a few questions about recent revelations on his blog, The Bleat.
LEARNEDFOOT: Thanks for taking the time to talk with us today, James.
JAMES LILEKS: Not a problem.
LF: I think it goes without saying that some of the things you revealed on The Bleat yesterday have caused quite a stir around town.
JL: An understatement. My inbox has swelled to O'Donnellian proportions.
LF: We'll get to that in a moment, but first I'd like to give our readers a little bit of background.
JL: Ah background. Background is the thing that gives the story a bony skeleton, so that it may stand erect and survey the savanna for the wildebeests of confusion.
LF: Er, yeah. Anyway, I am sure you are familiar with this photo:
JL: Why yes. That fetching visage is that of none other than the guy known as "me".
LF: Correct. Now do you recognize this man?
JL: That is the fabulous American star of stage and screen Bob Balaban. One of my favorites.
LF: You have to admit that the resemblance is uncanny.
JL: I have heard that. You know, some time ago there was this annoying anonoblogger who kept insisting that Balaban and I -
LF: I'd like to now ask you some questions about your post from yesterday, if I may.
JL: Er, OK. Shoot.
LF: In the fourth paragraph of yesterday's piece, you wrote the following:
All these worlds are mine, except Europa!
JL: I remember that. That's from the film 2010: The Year We Make Contact.
LF: Indeed. Later on in the post, there was this:
The music sums up exactly how I feel now, frankly. To quote Dave Bowman in “2010”: something is going to happen. Something wonderful.
JL: Yes. Another 2010 quote.
LF: You like that movie, do you?
JL: Of course, it didn't come close to measuring up to the original, but it was quite fine entertainment in its own right at its own time. Wonderful, yet forgettable; sci-fi escapism at its best!
LF: Mmmhmm. "Forgettable". In fact, I'll bet that nowadays most folks would be hard-pressed to remember any lines from that now 20-plus year-old movie; except for maybe, say, you and - well - the cast of the film course. Correct?
JL: An astute, and likely correct, observation.
LF: You remember who starred in that film?
JL: Let's see... There was Roy Scheider and John Lithgow. I think Yakov Shmirnoff or someone like that was in it. Uh... of course, you had a seemingly unaged Keir Dullea returning to the Discovery. Who else? Oh yeah - the aforementioned Bob Balab-
LF: ADMIT IT! You and Bob Balaban are THE SAME PERSON! You are so busted!
JL: This interview is over!
LF: Hey, that's my line, Bob.
JL: I am so going to punch you in the nuts.
LF: This interview is over!