NatLamp Revival Plan

According to Levine Breaking News, National Lampoon is going to be producing its own films again. For the last twenty-odd years, films with the “Lampoon” name have been connected with the company in name only, through licensing deals, so this is a new thing. Best of luck, guys! (And thanks for the tip, Chris.) Update: No idea whatever happened with this, but the link with the info is dead.

1978 Animal House Book Reissued

This is a new edition of the illustrated novelization of the movie that National Lampoon published as a special issue when Animal House was released. Chris Miller has more info about the new edition on his site. You can get the book from Amazon. Update: You can still get the book, but that “info” link to Chris’s site is gone.

Chris Miller Update

Chris has been putting the full text of some of his classic National Lampoon short stories on his website. If you don’t have access to back issues of the magazine, check it out. The list so far includes “Pipe Dream,” “Caked Joy Rag,” and “The Toilet Papers.” Update: Well, so much for that. Chris seems to have pulled the plug on his site. Too bad.

Anne Beatts Interview on Jesse Thorn’s Blog

Jesse Thorn, host of the radio show “The Sound of Young America,” has posted two video excerpts of his interview with Anne Beatts, former National Lampoon editor and writer. (Part one and part two.) Jesse says he will post the full audio of the interview on his site in a week or two. Great stuff.

P.J. O’Rourke on C-SPAN II

P.J. O’Rourke is scheduled to appear for three hours live on C-SPAN II, the public affairs cable channel, on January 7, 2007 at noon CST. (Start time not verified.) (Thanks to Chris for the tip.)

Josh Karp on Young America

An even better and lengthier interview with Josh Karp than the one on NPR can be heard on The Sound of Young America radio show website. It originally aired on November 17. Don’t miss the “bonus audio”—eight extra minutes that were cut from the broadcast (presumably) because it ran too long.