Article Archive for August 2010

Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!
Posted in Things We Like on 19 August 2010
Stats: 20,957 views and 9 Comments

The old-fashioned TV theme song gave you another minute to get yourself situated, like the house lights blinking at the theater. Somehow, these intros fell from favor.

Welcome to the Hotel Nunya
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 18 August 2010
Stats: 3,973 views and 1 Comment

“What hotel are you going to, sir?” a taxi driver asks, and I remember a joke that came to me on the train: I tell them “I’m going to the Hotel Nunya.”

In the Daydream Spaces of Scott Radke
Posted in Things We Like on 17 August 2010
Stats: 6,918 views and 1 Comment

Some might be quick to describe Scott Radke’s creatures as otherworldly, but they’re perfectly at home in this world, inhabiting spaces most of us rarely notice.

Haiku You
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 16 August 2010
Stats: 5,030 views and 2 Comments

The brevity of haiku is not only the soul of wit, but also the soul of a harried teacher’s week-long poetry unit. Too bad we’re doing it wrong.

Things We Like: “The Giant Spider Invasion,” Suntory Time, and Mannequins
Posted in Things We Like on 14 August 2010
Stats: 5,116 views and 1 Comment

Giant spiders menace some hicks, Bill Murray finally understands what that Japanese director wanted, and Kobi Shaw receives a large, unusual package.

A Modesty Proposal
Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 13 August 2010
Stats: 4,138 views and 3 Comments

We believe that you shouldn’t have to be human to experience shame. Shame should be equally enjoyed and celebrated by all living things.

Ultimate Sci-Fi Smackdown: “Damnation Alley” vs. “The Day After Tomorrow”
Posted in One Million Watts on 12 August 2010
Stats: 23,549 views and 3 Comments

Mainstream science fiction movies duel for supremacy! Matte paintings will be shattered! Previously distinguished acting careers will be lightly besmirched!

Bad Dreams, Good Dreams
Posted in One Million Watts on 11 August 2010
Stats: 6,536 views and No Comments

Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” is wanting. A movie about entering other people’s dreams, and the best Nolan can come up with is shoot-‘em-ups inside the local Hyatt?

Bulls on Parade
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 10 August 2010
Stats: 5,314 views and No Comments

For a hot minute, I considered running with the bulls myself — down the main drag of Mesquite, Nevada, past stunned onlookers, into a waiting limousine.

The Lost Films of Ginger Grant
Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 9 August 2010
Stats: 8,726 views and 2 Comments

Each film portrays a stunning beauty of her day (1961’s Miss Hourglass — so named for having sand in all the right places!) at the height of her acting prowess.