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The Loon Goes Silent: Remembering Tom Keith

On Sunday, October 30, 2011, for reasons yet unclear, Tom Keith collapsed in his home. Keith's passing robs us of one of the most enjoyable personalities ever to occupy a Minnesota Public Radio studio. Most Americans who knew him probably did as Garrison Keillor's sound effects guy, the one who lent Prairie Home Companion sketches that all-important extra dimension. Others—Minnesotans—knew him as Jim Ed Poole and Doctor Larry Kyle, characters he created for his hosting gig on The Morning Show, which he inherited from Keillor, and which he left in 2008.

I had an opportunity to speak with Keith when he agreed to a "high concept" interview of mine. [...]

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Your Slutty Halloween Costume Is Nothing New

What are YOU dressing up as for Halloween? I am planning to go as "Slutty Cultural History of Slutty Halloween Costumes." That or "Slutty Godzooky." I'm still torn.

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Ranking Every 'Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror Segment, From Worst to First

Last night, for the 22nd straight year, dating back to 1990, The Simpsons aired its annual Treehouse of Horror episode. The results were, well, a little underwhelming, as you'll soon see below. What's below, you may ask? Well, I've ranked all 66 segments from every Treehouse episode, including last night's, from worst to first, with a plot description, reason for said ranking, and a memorable quote. If you just want to read the quote part and look at the pretty pictures, I totally get that.

So, brew up a Skittlebrau using the candy you'd have otherwise used for trick or treaters, and let's do this.

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Media Dont's For The Holidays

"On no account are you to publish that execrable article on the estimated cost of the gifts ion 'The Twelve Days of Christmas.' Whoever gets assigned to writ it every year patently did something very, very bad in a previous life. If you have been guilty of publishing that thing in the past, do not compound your sin." —Here are some holiday cliches to avoid. The one about parodies of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" is so very, very true. [Via]

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Plunderer Unintelligent

Is this Britain's stupidest looter? Sure, why the hell not.

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"Before You Die, You See"

I grew up in a Connecticut suburb and had a very small group of sheltered friends. We liked being sheltered, because it allowed us to do our homework without the distraction of boyfriends and popularity. But the lack of boyfriends, popularity, and having any kind of interesting experiences started to weigh on us by the time we were seniors in high school. That year we started seeing bands, being slightly less responsible, and occasionally (twice) having parties where more than six people showed up. It was around that time, the year was 2002, that my friends and I went to a Rusted Root concert at a nearby college. It [...]

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What Does Apathy Over A Celebrity's Gestation Say About Us As A Society?

"Why don't we care whether Jessica Simpson is pregnant?" Seriously. WHAT IS WRONG WITH US?

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The Cordial Enmity Of Joan Didion And Pauline Kael

A column that resurrects the highbrow gossip of yore.

Here’s an anecdote from James Wolcott’s crackerjack new memoir of ink-stained ’70s New York, Lucking Out: Wolcott, then in his twenties and cutting his teeth at the Village Voice, tagged along with Pauline Kael for a drink at the townhouse of a top Newsweek editor. Kael was three decades older than Wolcott and miles above him then in the editorial food chain, but he wasn’t about to ask the most famous movie critic in America why she kept inviting him to screenings. (Whatta town.)

The only prominent item on the enormous glass coffee table at the editor’s house was Joan Didion’s [...]

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The American Flag On Rap Album Covers Throughout History

Here's the new track from ASAP Rocky, whose debut mixtape, Live, Love ASAP comes out today. The Harlem rapper recently signed a three-million-dollar deal with Sony subsidiary Polo Grounds Music and denounced homophobia in an interview with Pitchfork. That last part shouldn't be as newsworthy as it is. That's the cover of the mixtape there. It's a good cover, I think. What interests me most, though, is the use of the American flag in the image, which places ASAP Rocky in a long tradition in rap.

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Here Come The Mutant Fish

Scary stuff for Halloween! "A three-eyed fish was caught in a reservoir in Argentina, reported Cadena 3, an Argentine news service. The fishing hole where the mutant fish was caught may be more of a fission hole. The reservoir, named 'Chorro de Agua Caliente,' receives water from a nuclear plant in the province of Córdoba." Don't worry, they've got all your "Simpsons" references covered.

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You Can Fit Three Downton Abbeys in Your Condé Nast Traveler

One issue of Condé Nast Traveler for the iPad: 784 MB. One 53-minute episode of "Downton Abbey": 274 MB.

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Artist #Talk – Special interview with VV Brown

Ever heard a song and felt as though the artist wrote it for you?

To explore that question, HP partnered with Arjan Timmermans from ArjanWrites.com. Part tweet up, part cocktail party, part “Inside the Actor’s Studio,” ARTIST #TALK is an interview series hosted by Arjan where artists tell the stories behind their music.

Many factors impact how we form an emotional connection with a song. The lyrics and the story the song tells are a huge part of it, but lesser known are environmental factors like sound quality.

Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records and Beats Audio founder, said it best, “Music is [...]

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Spooooooky Stories at the Palmer Hotel

It's the spookiest website in the world, made up (stories about) of terror and spookiness!

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Birds Am Learn Grammar

"This study revealed that Bengalese finches can learn grammar and, furthermore, that their grammatical abilities involve a specific part of the brain region distinct from other brain regions involved in singing. This is similar to what neuroscientists understand about human language processing. If the tweets of birds can be roughly likened to strings of human words, and if birdbrains process songs in a way similar to how human brains process language, future research may tackle whether these animals possess other cognitive abilities once thought to be singularly characteristic of human intelligence." —Of course, as soon I come all out my face talking about how birds are stupid and [...]

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Man Lived

Whatever your feelings are about Steve Jobs, you will be better for having read this.

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The Shortening Lifespan of the American Movie Theater

What is the actual future of going to the movies? Anthony Lane asks, as "video on demand" begins to bully the poor besieged theater-owners of America. "Showmen like James Cameron, I suspect, will continue to haul us off our couches for the grand, marquee events, but smaller fare may be streamed to us direct, and new films whittled down into just another channel on TV"—and this is a bad thing, he thinks. His argument is unusual, and it's not one that has ever crossed my mind before.

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Rich People Actually Don't Understand Business Either

Remember how a former co-CEO of Goldman Sachs became governor of New Jersey and then became CEO of a derivatives brokerage that then had a $191.6 million quarterly loss (its fourth quarter of loss!) and was probably going to file for bankruptcy and was suspending from doing business by the Fed? Makes you think.

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Remember That Time It Snowed Before Halloween?

And how was your nutso, record-smashing, disconcerting Snowtober? One hopes you weren't trapped on a diverted plane for seven hours or a victim of the (bizarre) Amtrak shutdown or one of the three million without power or, you know, one of the nine dead. Happy… Halloween?

Photograph by Rachel So

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Some Revised Tourism Slogans

Acapulco: Not That Many Decapitations Per Capita

Touring The French Riviera? Well Heads Up Because For Some Reason The Casinos Make You Wear Shoes

Detroit — Don't Bother Locking Up When You’re Done

Berlin: Now With Flights To Barcelona!

Come To Sunny South Africa (Unless You Fear Black People, Of Course)

South Korea, Where That Quiet Weirdo From College Moved Shortly Before Never Being Heard From Again

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"No Cool Kids": Inside the Insane, Unpredictable World of 'The Chris Gethard Show'

There are about a million different ways to describe The Chris Gethard Show: it’s a viewer-run panel that doesn’t hesitate to cast complete strangers as regular on-air guests; It’s a weekly dance party-slash-costume ball that counts Bananaman, Flashing Glasses Guy and a giant bunny as regular attendees; It’s an exercise in diffusing the awkward moments that inevitably arise when fielding calls from crazies, comics, kids and characters. But mostly, it’s really, really fun.

A weekly public access call-in series described as “the most bizarre and often saddest talk show in New York City,” The Chris Gethard Show got its start as a monthly, themed stage show at the UCB [...]

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