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An Open Letter to Robert Smith of The Cure
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 21 October 2010
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I own just three Cure albums, one of which is a greatest hits. Yet your band has had a profound impact on my life by being in the right place at the right time.

David Byrne is Cool, and Here’s Why
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 11 October 2010
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He asks questions and then he listens. You know how many people ask a question and then look around while you’re answering?

Things We Like: “Heavy Metal Parking Lot,” Penn Jillette Sightings and Sad Don
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Posted in Things We Like on 11 September 2010
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Killing time in the parking lot before a 1980s Judas Priest show. Also: Penn Jillette appears on the horizon, and Don Draper emotes in a variety pack.

Monsters, Redheads and Darren McGavin
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Posted in Things We Like on 9 September 2010
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To my mind, there’s only one way to embrace the waning sunlight of autumn: by watching spooky TV shows.

In Praise of Long John Silver’s Krums
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 7 September 2010
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Krums are the fried pieces of excess batter that drip or break off of the “real” food. Oh, how I coveted the mountains of Krums.

New Wave Songs Once Enjoyed on Airplanes
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 31 August 2010
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As the song played I imagined that I was a secret agent carrying a top-secret mix tape from New York to Paris. It was easy to have spy fantasies on planes back when everyone smoked.

Some Impractical Things Remembered
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 26 August 2010
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I remember things of no consequence. But the things that do stick with me have their own importance, even though they’re not of any practical use.

Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!
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Posted in Things We Like on 19 August 2010
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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.

In Defense of the Awful Clothes I Wore in the 1980s
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 28 July 2010
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As I pored over the stack of photos from the 1980s, I realized that I’ve never been happy with the way I look in pictures … and that I used to dress like the world’s worst superhero.

Things We Like: “Sweetie” and Freddie Mercury at Live Aid
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Posted in Things We Like on 17 July 2010
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This week we remember one of our favorite rock stars, and Jane Campion’s 1989 dark comedy “Sweetie” takes root.