By vespavirgin on The Birth of Adulthood in American Culture

Oh, that Eco article slayed me. I love the tragic yearning of Krazy Kat so much!

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 5:26 pm 2

By NFK on Brand Citizens United

Toilet paper so tough, it doesn't take shit from anyone.

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 10:29 am 1

By KarenUhOh on This Week in Lines

If I stand in a two and a half mile-long line, there'd better be Papal absolution and a hunk of free cheese waiting at the end of it.

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 5:45 pm 2

By Anarcissie on This Week in Lines

I used to say that beauty was in the eye of the beholder, that the value of art was entirely subjective. But then I saw Koons's work, and realized that some art can be absolutely bad, not worth the air it displaces. And if some art can be absolutely bad, maybe some other art can be absolutely good after all. So one can learn something, even from Koons's oeuvre.

Posted on August 2, 2014 at 11:09 am 2

By Benja on The Future Is the Sound of Your Own Voice

Maybe they realized that the sound of Frank Deford's voice causes 30 percent of listeners to smash their radios?

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 2:51 pm 1

By Niko Bellic on 2015 Summer Movie Forecast: Desert Explosions With a Chance of Good

Well... it's the photography, or as Americans call it "cinematography". All the shots are not just well lit and colored, but above all well composed as static. In fact, I'm hearing that the the movie wasn't even shot from a written screenplay, but from a series of drawings, better known as "comic book" (or "graphic novel", if you will). The action is not conveyed so much by movement, but mostly by composition. This trailer loses almost nothing when broken down into individual stills. The camera not only doesn't shake... it barely moves. Instead, it's tilted, set deep, set high, etc.

This trailer is awesome, but of course, whether the movie is good remains to be seen. It's been (well) done before, though: Dredd. The key is to do just this "comic book experience" and nothing else. I hear it has almost no dialog. Good sign.

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 7:54 pm 1

By BadUncle on 2015 Summer Movie Forecast: Desert Explosions With a Chance of Good

For me, the unsettling nature of the trailer is the big-budget beauty of a mythology growing out of low-fi, punk-rock Ozsploitation sci-fi campiness. This balances beautifully with an utter dearth of Mel Gibson, creating an artistic tension that will, one hopes, allow us to forget the word "Ozsploitation."

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 12:08 pm 1

By KarenUhOh on Selfies from the 9/11 Memorial

From the website VisitGettysburg.com, devoted to facilities and attractions in the vicinity of the most notorious and bloody battle on American soil, in which nearly 8,000 were killed, and nearly 50,000 wounded:

"Lincoln's Lost Treasure- Downtown Adventure
Part Theatre, Part Adventure, Part Mystery. The streets of Gettysburg serve as a backdrop for our unique story, told with elements of improv theatre and scavenger hunt. Put on your sleuthing gear, as Gettysburg becomes a road-map to fun, laughter and suspense. Hired by a wealthy eccentric entrepreneur, you are thrust into a mission that puts you in the center of a quest to uncover the secret treasure Lincoln left behind.

"Lincoln’s Lost Treasure is a LIVE two and a half hour adventure through the streets of historic Downtown Gettysburg. Almost like stepping into your own action movie, individuals or groups of up to 6 or 8 people are sent on a thrilling and entertaining quest to uncover a lost secret sparked by President Lincoln’s final breath."

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 3:31 pm 2

By KarenUhOh on The Airbnb Hole

And here I'd been thinking my last year was important.

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 3:09 pm 2

By Smitros on Put Your Phone Down

People taking phone pictures now clog up aquariums. It's not enough to find Nemo, people also have to get a closeup.

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 12:16 pm 1