The Most Beautiful Fraud: The Critics are Raving About Atlas Shrugged!

The Most Beautiful Fraud:  The Critics are Raving About <i>Atlas Shrugged</i>!

15

Apr

2011

Because I guess we've exhausted all of our other entertainment options, somebody has gone ahead and made a movie of Atlas Shrugged.  The troubled production has finally arrived in cineplexes, and while it's not the big-budget blockbuster Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie extravaganza we were once promised, I'm sure it's a wonderful ...
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Wasted Words Update

Wasted Words Update

13

Apr

2011

I am one of the guests (along with Shek Baker, Olivia Todd, RJ White, and Tony Zaret) on a brand-new episode of Wasted Words, America's favorite drunken podcast, and this one may be one of my all-time favorites.  We discuss jazz, the hats of the First World War, self-delusion, American Idol, the terrible burden of having f ...
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Four Colors to Infinity: Towards a New Skeptic

Four Colors to Infinity:  Towards a New Skeptic

13

Apr

2011

In the real world, a skeptic is someone who, faced with a lack of convincing evidence, does not believe in the existence of the supernatural.  She is, in short, someone who believes the evidence of her own eyes, and if tasked to explain the presence of vampires, unicorns or Jehovah, says "show me".  In the world of fictio ...
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The Sandwich Century — #8: The Breakfast Sandwich

The Sandwich Century — #8:  The Breakfast Sandwich

12

Apr

2011

The problem with writing about the breakfast sandwich, as part of the Sandwich Century project, is that it's not really a single sandwich, as such, but more a genre of sandwich.  To borrow a line from Parks and Recreation, you can't say your favorite kind of cake is birthday cake, and you can't say your favorite kind of ce ...
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PetardCast, Episode #14

PetardCast, Episode #14

10

Apr

2011

Once again, it's time to use the technology of the 21st century to indulge in the kind of wacky-pants comedy that would have seemed outdated in the 18th.  Yes, it's a brand new episode of the PetardCast, and it will blow the doors off of your barn, if your computer is a barn, and has doors.  For episode #14, we'll be join ...
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Have an Opinion: Your Bra Bomb Better Work, Nerdlinger!

Have an Opinion:  Your Bra Bomb Better Work, Nerdlinger!

10

Apr

2011

Over at the National Review, they've given idiot-at-large Jay Nordlinger a column called "Impromptus", in which he jots down his half-formed mental emissions.  As with most such random-thoughts columns, you get what you pay for.  Let's watch!It was interesting to read Kate Trinko’s piece on Michele Bachmann and learn th ...
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Watchin’ My Stories: “Billy’s Prison Diary – How It All Happened”

Watchin’ My Stories:  “Billy’s Prison Diary – How It All Happened”

8

Apr

2011

Today we'll be re-launching a short story series I started several years ago called "Billy's Prison Diary".  Enjoy.***to hear henry tell it them people just about controled the whole world.  sometimes wed be over to lances diner grill and tommyd be readin the paper and henryd up and talk about how this or that, you know t ...
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B List: Cinéma Trompeur

B List:  Cinéma Trompeur

7

Apr

2011

LITTLE-SEEN FILM CREDITSThe producers would like to thank the Film Commission of Pocatello, IdahoSix animals were injured in the making of this filmPromotional services provided by the Lucchese Organized Crime SyndicateJack Valenti can eat a big fat dickUn film de Donny MostEMERGING CINEMATIC SCHOOL ...
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1000 Flavors of Heavy: New Viking Times

1000 Flavors of Heavy:  New Viking Times

6

Apr

2011

The thing that has been most appealing about Amon Amarth since they first came to prominence in the late 1990s is that they really seemed to be having a blast, and their stomping, rowdy form of Scandinavian death metal was more than capable of infecting listeners with that good-time, kill-your-neighbors fee ...
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The Sandwich Century – #7: The Bauru Sandwich

The Sandwich Century – #7:  The Bauru Sandwich

5

Apr

2011

Sometimes, in life, you simply have to take things on faith.  Such is the case with this week's sandwich, the existence of which I have only Wikipedia's word and the vague memories of a friend of mine who spent her honeymoon in São Paolo to confirm.  For all I know the thing is actually a 4chan prank and I've wasted valu ...
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War Minus the Shooting: Amateur Hour

War Minus the Shooting:  Amateur Hour

5

Apr

2011

Now that the NCAA tournament is over, sports chatter will finally be able to turn to where it belongs -- the beginning of baseball season -- and away from a bunch of teenagers playing bad basketball.This year's college hoops championship game was a dreadful affair by any reckoning, but even in the best of times, I've been u ...
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