Gingering the Tail

Gingering the Tail

3

Mar

2015

It's only March and already the handicapping of the 2016 elections seems impossibly dreadful.  We are still ten months away from the first presidential primary, and yet it seems as if the whole obese, god-awful thing has been going on for ages; the prospect of another year and a half of shit-flinging between whatever two ...
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Blasts from My Past

Blasts from My Past

27

Feb

2015

Few people have begun the preliminary notes for their autobiographies on the back of a Donuts on the Freeway flyer; I am one of those people.NOTES OF AN ALIENATED CRYPTO-SOUTHERN HALF-ARAB PUNK ROCK BIG BOY. SUGGESTED TITLES FOR MY MEMOIRS #1 (in a series): LIKE A BLACK PANTHER, BUT FOR DRUNKS.PART ONE: LI ...
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Four Colors to Infinity: All-Pandering Edition

Four Colors to Infinity:  All-Pandering Edition

26

Feb

2015

And now, we return once again to Four Colors to Infinity, where I go to a comic book retailer (yes, they still have those!) and plunk down an obscene amount of money for a handful of randomly selected funnybooks.  This week's special edition is special for several reasons:  first of all, I am in Chicago, and shoveled my m ...
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A Whole New Gowanus

A Whole New Gowanus

24

Feb

2015

No television program currently on the air has likely suffered more invidious discrimination than Comedy Central's Broad City.Now in the early goings of its second season, the show follows the hapless misadventures of two directionless New York twenty-something women (Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, playing not even slightl ...
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Dead Set on Romance

Dead Set on Romance

23

Feb

2015

Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, the creators of Shaun of the Dead, had the rare distinction for a writer/director team of having made the greatest film of its genre. Of course, at the time of it's debut, they’d also made the only film of its genre. Though it's since been joined by other, lesser films in the great 21st centur ...
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Call of the Wild

Call of the Wild

20

Feb

2015

The Schmotezgreüber-Hackertini Family of Production Companies are pleased to announce the following casting calls.  If you meet the belowmentioned requirements, please have your representative contact Julii in our casting department, along with three head shots, the last nine digits of your Social Security number, and a g ...
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Four Colors to Infinity: Lunar Pinball Edition

Four Colors to Infinity:  Lunar Pinball Edition

20

Feb

2015

Welcome back to Four Colors to Infinity, where I visit my local comics shop, randomly pick out six titles that have the words "NEW THIS WEEK" written on pieces of cardboard underneath them, and then give the guy at the counter some of what should be my retirement money.  This was a particularly grim week, as almost nothing ...
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Music is Just So Fuckin’ Hip: David Carradine

Music is Just So Fuckin’ Hip:  David Carradine

18

Feb

2015

David Carradine came from one of Hollywood’s most legendary families. His father John, his brothers Keith, Robert and Michael Bowen, and his niece Martha Plimpton were all actors, but he was no doubt the best-known – for critically acclaimed performances like his role as Woody Guthrie in Bound for Glory, popular and e ...
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Put ‘Em On the Glass

Put ‘Em On the Glass

17

Feb

2015

It's been over a year since Breaking Bad went off the air with a breathless finale that had the whole world -- or at least that noisy part of it that has opinions about television shows -- watching.  There's no question at this point that, for better or for worse, the story of chemistry teacher turned meth kingpin Walter ...
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Who’s Watching This?: STAG

Who’s Watching This?:  <i>STAG</i>

17

Feb

2015

The average cable provider, desperate to compete with the entertainment-dollar encroachment of the internet, brings literally hundreds of channels into the homes of its subscribers, most of them running 24 hours a day. That means, in an average week, there are upwards of ten thousand shows being broadcast. Somebody’s got ...
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Each Pray’r Accepted

Each Pray’r Accepted

15

Feb

2015

Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman’s 2004 film, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, was the second collaboration between an innovative director widely celebrated for his groundbreaking music videos and a man occupying the unusual position of being a famous screenwriter. It’s an amazing film, as inventive and complex ...
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Vaccination Nation

Vaccination Nation

13

Feb

2015

Hi!  Thanks so much.  Oh, thank you, and thank you!  Thanks.  I'm Canadian Walk of Fame inductee and turn-of-the-century box office draw Jim Carrey, and I'm pleased to welcome you to the 2017 NoVax4NE1 "green vaccine" conference!  Give yourselves a big hand!It's always good to see all of you here, especially with your ...
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Four Colors to Infinity: Pile of Dead Hitlers Edition

Four Colors to Infinity:  Pile of Dead Hitlers Edition

13

Feb

2015

Welcome back to Four Colors to Infinity, where I read comics that I have not read in years and try to make some kind of sense out of them for no reason than to pass the time until I die.  This was originally supposed to be a monthly series, but I am an unemployed shut-in, and walking to the nerd store every Wednesday to pi ...
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The Sons of Dear Old Clemson

The Sons of Dear Old Clemson

11

Feb

2015

Race relations seem to be at the forefront of the current plan to drag America kicking and screaming back to the mid-19th century, so this sort of thing is fascinating to me.  Clemson's black students have long complained that the university underfunds their programs, fails to hear their grievances, doesn't give them a voi ...
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Tasteful San Antonio: The Blottening

Tasteful San Antonio:  The Blottening

11

Feb

2015

Crime is no laughing matter, unless you’re a clown robbing a toy store. But sometimes, scanning the police logs and crime reports from San Antonio and other nearby law enforcement agencies, the curious blend of absurdity, wrongdoing, and straight-faced journalistic argot makes for an odd read.  Just because I don't live ...
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