Posts Tagged: fandom

Watching "The Challenge" in the Presence of Gods

The whole day had been hot and sticky, in the high 70s and low 80s, one of the first truly gross New York summer days of the year, and yet Laurel and Devyn, two finalists on this season of The Challenge (formerly Real World/Road Rules Challenge) smelled fantastic. My friend wouldn’t stop talking about it. I couldn’t think of more than two questions to ask them, so eventually we asked Devyn what perfume she’s wearing. “Marc Jacobs Daisy!” she said, briefly looking up from her phone, where she was live-tweeting the finale.

This was the 25th season of The Challenge, which has been pitting former cast members of The [...]


Belle And Sebastian Fan Contest Could End in Terror!

This has already been declared the best music promotion of the year, and with good reason. "Enter the unique code from your CD or LP in the field below to proceed. One very lucky winner will win the prize of a lifetime: Stuart Murdoch will come to your town, hang out with you for an afternoon and write a song about you, to be released on a special Belle and Sebastian 7" next year." The problem is you don't get editorial control over the song and the legalisms seem nonexistent. Scary stuff, for a band with songs like "Judy is a Dick Slap" and also that [...]


So an American Soccer Fan Walks Into a Bar

An American soccer fan walks into a bar and says, "I get excited about soccer. I like how soccer is growing in the United States."

An American soccer fan walks into a bar. "USA spirit, why else? This is great. This is great."

An American soccer fan walks into a bar. "I’ve been playing since I was 5."

An American soccer fan walks into a bar and notes, "It's so rare to have a bar filled with Americans cheering for soccer"

An American soccer fan walks into a bar and says, "I think a lot of this is reciprocal appreciation of each other."

An [...]


America's Most Popular Podcast: What The Internet Did To "Welcome to Night Vale"

"Welcome to Night Vale" is a twice-monthly, 25-ish-minute podcast featuring news, traffic, and weather out of a small town in the Southwestern corner of the United States that does not actually exist. The town’s dog park, which is forbidden, is fictional, as is the mayor, Pamela Winchell, who is probably demonic. The radio show’s host, Cecil Baldwin is real, kind of. One of his most-used words is "void."

Created and written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, out of New York City, "Night Vale" has been running for little more than a year. Fink told me that on the first anniversary of the series, in June, the episodes had [...]