Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Introducing Our Real American Thanksgiving Cookbook: Lefse

Leading up to Thanksgiving, we're going to bring you recipes galore! Thing is, anyone can make a turkey and yams, so we've asked folks to ransack their family histories for what you might call the "locally traditional" Thanksgiving dish—that delicious and sometimes-bizarre kind of dish that only your family makes.

I’m not big on Thanksgiving. Don’t worry, there’s no overarching sense of white guilt and I don’t care to get all sanctimonious and lecture you on the evils of European Colonialism. In fact I don’t care about any of that stuff at all. Thanksgiving is an American holiday. It’s meaningless to the rest of the world—although I did once [...]


The Old Pornographers: Richard Nash and Mike Edison on Banned Books

The last week of September is traditionally reserved as a time of reflection and celebration of one of America's favorite pastimes, and no, I'm not talking about post-season baseball here. I'm referring to the banning, censoring and otherwise challenging of the printed word. So this coming Wednesday at Housing Works bookstore, Mike Edison, the author of 28 pornographic novels and a memoir about his time spent at Hustler, Screw, Cherry, Penthouse and High Times (plus a stint behind the drum kit for ultimate freedom of expression advocate GG Allin) is throwing the third annual Banned Book Party. He's joined by publishing guru Richard Nash, formerly [...]


An Interview with Earnest Pettie, Our Secretive Hero of Wikipedia

Last week I reported on the secretive heroes of Wikipedia and their detailed academic descriptions of 90s hip hop classics. Over the weekend, the author of the two best entries-Warren G and Nate Dogg's "Regulate" and DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's "Parents Just Don't Understand"-made contact. Earnest Pettie-or Earnestp if you prefer his now-defunct Wikipedia handle-is an editor at Break.com. And now we ask him some questions!


"Mr. Dogg is Angry at the Prospect of Sharing His Alcoholic Beverage": The Secretive Heroes of Wikipedia

At 5:12 p.m. on July 10, 2010, substantial changes were made to the Wikipedia entry for DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's 1988 hit "Parents Just Don't Understand."


Lesser Known Members of Black Sabbath

Dave Walker (replaced Ozzy briefly in 1977 for one TV performance)

Ian Gillan (ex-Deep Purple, vocals on 1983's Born Again)

Glenn Hughes (ex-Deep Purple, vocals on 1986's Seventh Star)

Don Airey (ex-Rainbow and Hammer keyboardist, played on Never Say Die)

Vinny Appice (Tony Iommi look-alike, drums on Mob Rules, Live Evil, Dehumanizer, and several '90s reunion tours)