Every day should be Saturday.

June 25th, 2015 @ 7:37 am
1984

Happy birthday to Eric Blair — better known as George Orwell — born on this date in 1903, seventy years and one day before yours truly. My dad told me to read Animal Farm when I was seven years old. I thought it was really wild, but that there had to be something that I […]

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We have a lot of books in our house. They are our primary decorative motif — books in piles on the coffee table, framed book covers, books sorted into stacks on every available surface, and of course books on shelves along most walls. Besides the visible books, there are the boxes waiting in the wings, the basement books, the garage books, the storage locker books. They are a sort of insulation, soundproofing some walls. They function as furniture, they prop up sagging fixtures and disguised by quilts function as tables. The quantities and types of books are fluid, arriving like hysterical cousins in overnight shipping envelopes only to languish near the overflowing mail bench. Advance Reading Copies collect at beside, to be dutifully examined — to ignore them and read Henry James or Barbara Pym instead becomes a guilty pleasure. I can’t imagine home without an overflow of books. The point of books is to have way too many but to always feel you never have enough, or the right one at the right moment, but then sometimes to find you’d longed to fall asleep reading The Aspern Papers, and there it is.
Louise Erdrich

Retro Disneyland Attraction Posters

The University of Florida Alumni Association challenged the University of Georgia Alumni Association in an epic Twitter *.gif battle using House of Cards and West Wing references.

March 2nd, 2015 @ 10:14 am
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Sharp Minor, Opus 27, No. 2

According to The Writer’s Almanac: Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata was published on this date in 1802. Its real name is the slightly less evocative “Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Sharp Minor, Opus 27, No. 2,” and its Italian subtitle is translated as “almost a fantasy.” In 1832, five years after Beethoven’s death, a German critic […]

February 20th, 2015 @ 6:24 am
Friday Five: Favorite Pixar Films

Up Official Movie PosterMy five favorite Pixar films:

  1. Up — 2009
  2. Cars — 2006
  3. Toy Story — 1995
  4. The Incredibles — 2004
  5. Monsters, Inc. — 2001
February 13th, 2015 @ 6:44 am
Friday Five: “Love” Songs

Heart

February 6th, 2015 @ 9:35 am
Friday Five: Podcasts

Hardcore History: The American PerilHave you finally finished listening to Serial and now are looking for something new? Here are my five favorite podcasts right now:

  1. Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History (iTunes)
  2. Retro Disney World Podcast (iTunes)
  3. Freakonomics Radio (iTunes)
  4. WEDWay Radio (iTunes)
  5. Radiolab from WNYC (iTunes)
January 28th, 2015 @ 10:38 am
On Pride and Prejudice

Happy birthday to a book I’ve never read: Pride and Prejudice was published for the first time 202 years ago today. “I often want to criticize Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can’t conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Every time […]

January 23rd, 2015 @ 1:26 pm
Friday Five: Pearl Jam Albums

tenMy five favorite Pearl Jam albums:

  1. Ten
  2. Binaural
  3. Vs.
  4. Yield
  5. Vitalogy
January 9th, 2015 @ 7:54 am
Friday Five: Soul Coughing

Soul CoughingMy five favorite Soul Coughing tracks:

  1. Screenwriter’s Blues
  2. The Incumbent
  3. Super Bon Bon
  4. Soundtrack to Mary
  5. Unmarked Helicopters

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There’s no use in regret. You can’t change anything.
Your mother died unhappy with the way you turned
out. You and your father were not on speaking terms
when he died, and you left your wife for no good
reason. Well, it’s past. You may as well regret missing
out on the conquest of Mexico. That would have been
just your kind of thing back when you were eighteen:
a bunch of murderous Spaniards, out to destroy a
culture and get rich. On the other hand, the Aztecs
were no great shakes either. It’s hard to know whom
to root for in this situation. The Aztecs thought they
had to sacrifice lots of people to keep the sun coming
up every day. And it worked. The sun rose every day.
But it was backbreaking labor, all that sacrificing.
The priests had to call in the royal family to help,
and their neighbors, the gardener, the cooks…. You
can see how this is going to end. You are going to
have your bloody, beating heart ripped out, but you
are going to have to stand in line, in the hot sun, for
hours, waiting your turn.
by Louis Jenkins, from Tin Flag: New and Selected Prose Poems

December 10th, 2014 @ 9:33 am
Baby, It’s Cold Outside

My wife is still pretty awesome. Baby It's Cold Outside – watch more funny videos

December 5th, 2014 @ 7:39 am
Friday Five: 1973

vinylMy five favorite songs from 1973:

  1. Radar LoveGolden Earring
  2. Live and Let DiePaul McCartney
  3. Stuck in the Middle with YouStealers Wheel
  4. Sweet JaneThe Velvet Underground
  5. KodachromePaul Simon

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November 21st, 2014 @ 9:22 am
Friday Five: Clapton Is God

ClaptonMy five favorite Eric Clapton songs:

  1. She’s WaitingBehind the Sun
  2. San Fransisco Bay BluesUnplugged
  3. Before You Accuse MeJourneyman
  4. It’s in the Way that You Use ItAugust
  5. Run So FarJourneyman
November 20th, 2014 @ 8:42 am
The Essex

On this date in 1820, a sperm whale attacked a whaling ship off the coast of South America. The Essex hailed from Nantucket, Massachusetts, and was captained by George Pollard Jr. Pollard was only 29, the youngest man to ever command a whaling ship; the Essex, by contrast, was pretty old, and she was also […]

November 14th, 2014 @ 7:11 am
Friday Five: Kevin Kline

Kevin KlineMy five favorite Kevin Kline movies:

  1. The Pirates of Penzance
    The Pirate King
  2. Soapdish
    Jeffrey Anderson / Dr. Rod Randall
  3. A Fish Called Wanda
    Otto
  4. Dave
    Dave Kovic / Bill Mitchell
  5. French Kiss
    Luc Teyssier
November 7th, 2014 @ 6:55 am
Friday Five: Stone Temple Pilots

Tiny Music...Songs From the Vatican Gift ShopHere are my five favorite Stone Temple Pilots songs:

  1. Sour GirlNo. 4
  2. Interstate Love SongPurple
  3. AtlantaNo. 4
  4. PlushCore
  5. Big Bang BabyTiny Music…Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop
October 31st, 2014 @ 7:18 am
Friday Five: Scary Movies

JawsI tried to come up with five scary movies for this Halloween Friday Five, but I could only think of three films that actually ever scared the bejesus out of me when I was a kid. (I’ve never seen any of the Nightmare on Elm Street, Texas Chainsaw, or Friday the 13th movies; mom would never let us watch them!)

  • Jaws
  • The Thing
  • Gremlins

If you had to pick just two scary movies, what would you suggest I add to the list?

October 3rd, 2014 @ 6:54 am
Friday Five: Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar GalacticaMy five favorite characters from the original Battlestar Galactica television series:

  1. Starbuck
  2. Apollo
  3. Adama
  4. Boomer
  5. Cassiopeia