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On Could A Young Bob Dylan Make It Now?

Yes, sexy rappers with model-like good looks such as Sam Beam, James Mercer, Isaac Brock, Jack White, Justin Vernon, Colin Meloy, and Conor Oberst have had this shit on lock for a long time. No room for middlingly-attractive white male singer-songwriters nowadays, no sir.

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 8:55 am 4

On Ask Polly: Give Me One Reason Why I Shouldn't Cheat On My Wife

@Anarcissie Gotta differ. Dan Savage would advise the LW just about all of the above, plus at the end he'd say "if this doesn't work, try a companionate marriage where you both sleep with other people."

Posted on July 11, 2013 at 8:52 pm 1

On Authentic (Possibly Racist) Natchez Cheese Grits Casserole

@PistolPackinMama Someone makes a version of Liquid Smoke that is just made out of weirdly "distilled" smoke & water, though it might be harder to find? The process is kinda fascinating.

Posted on March 31, 2012 at 11:50 am 0

On Survey Says! The Complete Online Dating Advice Guide for Men

@Niko Bellic Including weight isn't really helpful, because different people wear the same height/weight differently - if you're muscular, you're going to be slimmer than someone of the same stats who isn't. OKC and Nerve both include a "body type" field, and I assume they all do.

My experience has been that men assume women are more concerned with men's height than women are, though the stigma against dating someone shorter (as I have done many times) is very real. My other experience has been that men are just as concerned with all aspects of women's appearance as women worry they are.

Posted on February 29, 2012 at 1:48 pm 0

On What It's Really Like To Be A Copy Editor

@Michelle Buzgon This speaks to the most infuriating editing issue I have had in my years of record label drone-ship: all words in band names (and album names!) should be capitalized, while song titles take standard title case format. Though I am pretty sure that throughout history, no musician has ever gotten this right, ever, nor assented to corrections of same without argument. The inconsistency re this is one (of many) reasons that looking at iTunes drives me crazy.

Posted on February 20, 2012 at 12:37 pm 0

On What It's Really Like To Be A Copy Editor

@hapax Indeed, GY!BE fans will always find something to be insufferable about (about which to be insufferable).
I remember thinking that when Man...Or Astro-Man? killed the ellipsis in their name, it was the first step on their path to selling out. Now band names have triangles in them and shit. (But at least Volcano, I'm Still Excited!! never became popular.)

Posted on February 20, 2012 at 12:30 pm 0

On Is Impossible Pie Impossible?

A metal pie plate and more baking time might help crustify things a bit more next time! Also, I am not at all the target audience for this recipe but I really, really want one.

Posted on February 17, 2012 at 5:12 pm 2

On Straight People Easily Shamed by Pharmacy Trips

@LaCatholique Yes, it seems more like frustration at a lack of availability, unless they intend the surprising implication that a suburban mom is being sized up by pharmacists for a Ritalin scrip, and perhaps denied because they suspect her of abuse?

Posted on January 7, 2012 at 9:35 am 0

On What's Your Most Played Song?

Pretty sure that anyone who doesn't say "Countdown" is lying. Tied for second for me (excluding records I worked on) are, I assume, Robyn's "Call Your Girlfriend" and "You Can Tell Me All Night Long" by Bill Fox.

Posted on January 7, 2012 at 9:28 am 0

On My Superpower Is Being Alone Forever: Party of One

@Rose@twitter I don't like going to rock shows with other people because they either want to leave earlier or stay later (less often) than I do.

Posted on November 15, 2011 at 10:51 pm 0