If you haven’t read that New York Times Sunday Magazine article about Lindsay Lohan and Paul Schraeder yet, you really should. It’s fascinating. On the one hand, it’s one of the most relentlessly detailed portraits of schadenfreude-incarnate. Everything that Lindsay Lohan does is (obviously) crazy and entitled and depressing. But the Schrader stuff is equally interesting, and gets overshadowed both in the article and the conversation by the Lohan stuff when actually his role is almost more important. Here is a man who wrote Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, a film legend, exhibiting the most exaggerated desperation and existential panic you’ve ever seen. He acts as if he’s broke but then the article talks about all the nice hotels he lives in when he’s not in his nice New York apartment. He acts as if he’s out of work, but in his world being out of work means literally that you just sit around and don’t work, which is not as bad as what being out of work means for real human beings. The whole thing is great, go read it. The reason I bring it up here is because it’s also just a really powerful description of the ways in which life can be very long indeed, and how all you can do is hang on as tight as possible and hope that eventually, after all of the ups and downs and the mega-bumps in Sadness Road take you and some of your closest friends to a table in a donut restaurant where you can sing your favorite song from The Lion King soundtrack.

Hang in there, guys.

Comments (11)
  1. I couldn’t get past the first page of the Lohan article precisely because of the Schraeder stuff. I’m not much into schadenfreude, but I like a trainwreck long read as much as the next girl (a bit, but then I feel I need a shower), so if it was just about Lohan I might have been up for it.
    But a detailed description of the desperation and inevitable failure (because Lohan’s involved) of a once-visionary old man’s and his softcore porn movie? Nope.

  2. Also, “donut restaurant” is the funniest two words I have read all week.

  3. “We should get together and sing something current for a change.” – those old guys

  4. The internet is shutting down because it doesn’t want me to post, “I’ll have what they’re having.”

  5. anyone else having trouble accessing Videogum today – better than last friday? maybe the servers are overloaded with people who have fridayitis! Unlike us regs who have everyday-itits!

  6. I watched a Buffy last night, the one where Faith Freaky-Fridays herself into Buffy’s body and then lives a day as Buffy and it destroys her because she had no idea people loved each other and were nice, and the episode ends with her sitting in the back of a pickup truck rattling off toward Anywhere, a blank look on her face.

    What I am trying to say is, Paul Schraeder took the uncredited, offscreen role of the pickup truck driver because he needed the money.

  7. I can. I can.

  8. I couldn’t have segued from a Lindsey Lohan article to harmonious men in a donut shop any better. Hats off to you, Gabe.

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