Recommending: Make Believe (and a healthy distrust of grown-up magicians)

Today I'm gonna recommend a documentary about teen magicians called Make Believe. The movie follows six young magicians as they practice their routines, hone their patter, and develop their stage personas to compete for the title of Teen World Champion.  The movie is lovely and fascinating in its no-holds-barred look at the disparate personality types … Continue reading Recommending: Make Believe (and a healthy distrust of grown-up magicians)

Recommending: Space Jam (With DVD Commentary from Director and Stars, Bugs and Daffy)

Alright everybody shut up. We're watching Space Jam today and I need everyone reading this to be on board for something built out of whimsy, nostalgia, and the juggernaut charisma of the finest basketball player-turned-underwear-salesman to ever set foot on this undeserving planet. But we're gonna watch it with a twist.  (I love Space Jam … Continue reading Recommending: Space Jam (With DVD Commentary from Director and Stars, Bugs and Daffy)

Recommending: Orson Welles’ Paul Masson Wine Commercials

Have you, in your youth, ever seen teacher outside of school grounds? Like at the mall or buying groceries at the local overpriced and obnoxiously pretentious Whole Foods? Isn't it a strange feeling? Like you've spotted an escaped convict, or thirty-two teeth in the mouth of a NASCAR fan, or one of those children three-stacks … Continue reading Recommending: Orson Welles’ Paul Masson Wine Commercials

Going Out In Style: Top 5 Ways to End the World

I went to summer camp as a kid. It was one of those Christian activity day camps that vaguely appropriates Native American culture to help young boys grow up with good values and better rock climbing skills if you're into that. During the nine-to-ten-year-old times at camp, they would read the Bible to us before … Continue reading Going Out In Style: Top 5 Ways to End the World

Glenn Beck’s Long Journey Left: a Voyage in Ten Deleted Tweets

It looks like Glenn Beck is changing. I don't think the Fox News star known for shedding tears at the drop of an American Flag hat will ever be "woke" in the contemporary sense, but he is, it seems, at least in a state of slow waking.  In a recent New Yorker article, Glenn Beck … Continue reading Glenn Beck’s Long Journey Left: a Voyage in Ten Deleted Tweets

Recommendation: Samuel Fuller’s White Dog

This is a time in America where white people cannot in good conscience afford to be comfortable. President-elect Donald Trump makes his entire political campaign on white people's comfort. By extension, this means his campaign emboldens those who hate. Racists and bigots of all stripes lined up for his rallies and crowded the ballot boxes … Continue reading Recommendation: Samuel Fuller’s White Dog

Recommendation: The 8 Mile DVD’s Hidden Rap Battles

This might be the single strangest thing I'll recommend this month. I found it because, for the longest time, a social life was something I peeked at from behind closed blinds, illuminated by a basement television and soundtracked by endless streams of DVD directors' commentaries. On the DVD of 8 Mile there is a special … Continue reading Recommendation: The 8 Mile DVD’s Hidden Rap Battles

Recommending: Fruit (And Why the Word “Exotic” Is Nonsense)

You like fruit? I do. Like...a lot. So today we're gonna talk about how much I fucking love "exotic" fruit, and why I think you should give it a shot.  But first let's unpack "exotic." I have a problem with this word because it assumes that anything not homegrown right here on good ol' US … Continue reading Recommending: Fruit (And Why the Word “Exotic” Is Nonsense)