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On Can 'Diablo 3' Point Us Toward A Grand Unified Theory of Nerdrage?

@Danzig! The tethering is kind of a pain in the ass, but to the extent that it has prevented/delayed duping, it's one of the clear improvements of the game over its predecessors.

Posted on June 28, 2012 at 10:32 pm 0

On Can 'Diablo 3' Point Us Toward A Grand Unified Theory of Nerdrage?

@beschizza Rob, I admire your work at BB and elsewhere very much, but all I can say is that you and I have a very different definition of "disco". Or experience. Something.

Posted on June 28, 2012 at 10:30 pm 0

On A Supposedly True Thing Jonathan Franzen Said About David Foster Wallace

In a faint echo of the (frequently too academic) debate about the distinction between fiction and nonfiction, the question of whether or not either of these statements are empirically true, as descriptions of Wallace, strikes me as beside the point.

I think that they're very much the point. Franzen seems very much to still be trying to argue with DFW about this, and trying to convince others that DFW's non-response in the matter constitutes a forfeit.

Posted on October 13, 2011 at 2:00 pm 0

On A Supposedly True Thing Jonathan Franzen Said About David Foster Wallace

@barnhouse : damn, there goes my line about Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas not being a documentary.

Posted on October 13, 2011 at 1:55 pm 0

On 'The Joy Of Sex': The Original Hairy, Musky Edition

@Halloween Jack I should follow up this comment, after reading the New Yorker article, that I'm talking about the illustrations only; the text is the same sort of bullshit that David Reuben spouted in this book.

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 1:21 pm 0

On 'The Joy Of Sex': The Original Hairy, Musky Edition

The thing about blowing air into the vagina is more about doing it sort of forcefully, hard enough to get air past the cervix and into the uterus where it might be absorbed into the bloodstream rather than being queefed back out. Highly unlikely.

Also, the thing that always impressed me about the original JoS was the ordinariness of the models; later editions have more "porny" illustrations that are still good, but less like real, average people doing it, which I think was part of the whole point of the original.

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 12:36 pm 0

On Let's Talk 'I'm With The Band': Crocheted Bikinis, Jergens And Waking Up On Jim Morrison's Rug

Her book Rock Bottom, which has a lot of music industry gossip, is pretty good, if you can get past the part where a groupie takes a dump in Chuck Berry's mouth.

Posted on July 14, 2011 at 2:13 pm 0

On From the Mail: Michael Des Barres on Pamela Des Barres

It's hard out there for a marquis.

Posted on July 14, 2011 at 2:06 pm 0

On 'Riders': Which Is Worse, Lousy In Bed Or Can't Ride?

I may have to take part in NaNoWriMo this year, just so that I can write a trashy book with a character named Ginger Bush.

Posted on July 14, 2011 at 1:42 pm 0