America’s state capitals occupy a funny place in our vaunted history. Some end up deemed capital thanks to industry, some due to location in the exact center of the state, many are essentially a one-horse town where its government or nothing, and some have managed the tricky one-two punch of becoming both the state capital and the unofficial tourist and/or cool capital of the state. But towns like Boston and Austin are more the exception than the rule. Yet even in the most remote corners of a state's government, there can be things to do and vibes to feel. Here’s a sampling.
Tallahassee, Florida’s genteel pleasures include The Knott House [...]
Das Racist (America's best rappers? You decide) recently played at Carleton College and of course hijinks ensued: "After their show I walked up to Victor who was being accosted by fangurls and I was like, 'Hey these chicks are weird come hang out with my friends our hotel room is right by yours' and he said, 'Okay' so we went back to our hotel and did a bunch of fun and weird stuff like playing chicken in the pool and watching The Nanny and four-way spooning and jumping on beds." Naturally. And then an interview ensued on the nature of philosophical problems with Das Racist's Victor Vazquez: [...]
Angie and Brad are a-okay, Nick Kristof… tells… Us Weekly? "Their love was on display at an October 27 West Hollywood dinner with their friend, 'Half the Sky' coauthor Nicholas Kristof. 'They're attentive to each other. They listen, they're respectful and sometimes finish each other's sentences,' Kristof tells Us. 'When we walked into the restaurant, Brad kept turning around to make sure that Angie was OK.'"
From time to time, The Awl offers its space to ordinary citizens who have insight into the issues of the day. Here is a missive from a fellow who wishes to remain anonymous, due to his stupendous dong.
Wow, afternoon burnout. I just misread the subject line of this mass email from Jersey Senator Bob Menendez as "A Tribute to Sleater-Kinney." Instead of, you know… "Senator Kennedy." Let's be hygienic with our afternoon work products out there, people!
You may have heard about the new John Cusack film in production, Snakes in a Jacuzzi, I mean, Hot Tub Time Machine, which was the talk of Comic-Con over the weekend. The title is excellent. The trailer is ridiculous. But more importantly, who is the internet genius doing marketing for either Frosts Garden Centre or the Clockstyle clock emporium or Students for a Free Tibet? Or perhaps all three? Because someone with those interests had already anonymously registered "hottubtimemachine.com" more than a year ago, and we're pretty sure it wasn't MGM. What, exactly is going on?