Bad Guy, Bad Hair

Bad guys have bad hair. I never really thought about this until BoingBoing linked this great article from The Awl, which features a ton of pictures from various movies, all of whom have bad guys with bad hair. There’s even a neat characterization guide to which bad guys wear which kind of bad hair. I…
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Things I Learned From The Family Reunion

I learned all kinds of crazy things about my family from my family reunion. Somebody made a disc of pictures from my great-grandmother, and that was pretty instructive too. 1. My ancestors on my mother’s side came from Norway, where they probably farmed rocks. Or maybe they herded rocks. Every single picture taken in Norway…
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Fever: Variations On A Theme

So, in all the Peggy Lee-related hubbub around her hometown of Jamestown, N.D., I learned that she actually wrote two verses of “Fever,” which she never received any royalties from. I love that song, and it’s really stood the test of time, too–everybody who’s anybody seems to have done a cover version of it at…
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The Hunger For Death

Would you pay to watch 24 children kill each other? I did, this weekend, when I bought a ticket to “The Hunger Games,” which is playing at our local theater in Jamestown. Now obviously no children were actually killed to make the movie, but the movie, and the book it was based on, ask some…
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Reading Children’s Books Is Totally Bad And Wrong And Embarassing

Some guy (Joel Stein, a columnist for the Times) claims that adults should read only adult literature, and really, it just looks silly for an adult to be reading a Harry Potter book. Does it? I think I grew out of caring what other people thought about what I was reading when I was about…
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