The Movie: Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, 1979 (Richard Whitley, Russ Dvonch, and Joseph McBride, screenwriters, from a story by Allan Arkush and Joe Dante; Allan Arkush, dir.)
Who says it: Mary Woronov as evil high school principal Miss Togar
The context: Miss Togar has just made a mouse explode by exposing it to Ramones music at top volume.
How to use it: To comment on a minor problem that’s part of a major catastrophe.
I'm not the first to ask this, but what did happen to P.J. Soles? Fame is fleeting... they didn't even interview her for the Ramones documentary, End of the Century, which I watched the other night. I recommend that, by the way -- it's a strange mixture of exhilaration and sadness. The Ramones' road led not to ruin, but to nowhere in particular. They were never as huge as they should have been, and now three of them are dead.
That's sad enough, but what hurt most of all was to see Joe Strummer on the screen, the picture of rude health. I spent the rest of the evening imagining scenarios in which Joe Strummer merely staged his death, Elvis-style, and is now tending bar somewhere in Camden Town. Please report any sightings to me.
On the way home from Augusta last night, I saw a carnival set up on the north side of town. I'm a sucker for those things; I don't care that the rides are wired together with paper clips, or that the food workers all carry typhoid. I'd have stopped for a ride on the Zipper, but the prospect of riding by myself felt too pathetic. Maybe Anna and Tarren will want to go tonight.