Links: Nic Cage Gets the Joke; Iggy Pop Hits the Floor

● A new and illuminating Nic Cage interview indicates what Bad Lieutenant hinted at — the man is a genius: “You don’t karate chop Leelee Sobieski in the throat and not know how absurd that is.” [Ain’t It Cool] ● But what does Hitler think of Sandra Bullock’s husband Jesse James getting with a Nazi on the side? Funny you should ask… [Vulture] ● Jay-Z stars in a 15 minute Absolut vodka commercial parading as “art” or a documentary, but don’t let the black and white fool you: this is about getting drunk. [OnSmash]

● Iggy Pop has retired from crowd surfing after the audience at New York’s Carnegie Hall cleared the way and let him fall. Maybe, you know, it’s time to hang it up? [NME] ● If you couldn’t make it to SXSW, the internet can tell you which bands were most buzzed about according to social media metrics. [Mashable] ● Edith Zimmerman’s recurring series, “Letters to the Editors of Women’s Magazines,” is all the absurdist humor you’ll ever need. [The Awl]

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