Issue 22, Magazine

Jonathan Ames: In Vino Veritas

Stephen Blackwell :: Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 5:30 pm

This feature is interactive. Take a picture of the image after the jump (Ames on the red bike) with your cell phone and MMS text to 66268 or e-mail to [email protected]. Jonathan Ames has a message for you about life, love, and literature, and it will begin downloading to your phone immediately.

By Max Goldblatt

Photos By Bryan Sheffield

They’d given me his number so I called him. I was getting coffee and did he want any?  He was set with caffeine, he said, but he could use some food. Could I get him a bagel or an English muffin? I pictured a rail-thin Jonathan Ames, starving and alone. How I wanted to help him!

Jonathan Ames has created Bored To Death for HBO, which stars Jason Schwartzman as Jonathan Ames, a writer by day, and well-intentioned yet hapless pseudo-detective by night. The show follows in the grand tradition of such untraditional Raymond Chandler interpretations as Elliot Gould’s Marlowe in Altman’s The Long Goodbye and the Coen brothers’ surrogate-Marlowe, The Dude.  Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson also star and, as you can imagine, this is an extremely funny show. MORE »


What’s Not To Love About Jonathan Ames

Isaac Lekach :: Monday, October 19th, 2009 1:43 pm

If you haven’t picked up a copy of our latest issue (the one with Jay Reatard wearing a speedo on the cover) run, don’t walk. Do it now. There’s a great interview with Jonathan Ames in it. We love him over here at D+T. Ames, who is known for his humorous and  self-deprecating take on sexual misadventures, is the creator of the new HBO show Bored To Death, which stars Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson. Last night, Ames’s own plans to watch the show fell through and was left without access to HBO. So, the man took to Twitter and asked his followers for a place in Brooklyn. And it worked! Some strangers invited Jonathan Ames over. Of his experience, Ames later tweeted, “I may have made myself too at home, though. I asked for the lights to be dimmed to make it more theatrical.”

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