Tuesday, September 25, 2007

It’s Hard to Leave All Those Moments Behind

Abraham’s cousin Lot happens to be living in Sodom right when God was about to destroy it. Two Angels arrive to warn Lot and his family. Almost as soon as Lot lets the Angels in to his home a crowd of Sodomites besieges his door demanding the strangers for a session of what we’d call “gang-rape.”

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Is Star Wars Camp?

Star Wars was a knowing, loving pastiche, the first mainstream film to fully exploit the shorthand of “don’t say what you mean, reference something else that said what you mean” - a shorthand that would soon come to its full flowering in, yes, The Simpsons.

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

The Lost Days of the Album

"My criteria for the perfect album are simple: you enjoy listening to the whole album. You have listened to the album in its entirety many times over. The album doesn’t necessarily have to be your favorite artist or contain your favorite songs; all that matters is that you never once feel the compulsion to hit the skip button."

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Why do we care what animals think?

"I don’t know why we want so badly to understand the workings of the minds of nonhuman creatures, but I know that we do, or at least that I do. I’m the person for whom they make animal shows on TV; my appetite for crows that make tools and octopi that fool researchers is boundless. But what makes me able to love these animals so much is, sadly, the ways in which they are most like me."

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Monday, September 10, 2007

There were 3 things that you shouldn’t talk about: STDs, God and Medication

"I think I have HPV, you know warts. Never had any bad breakout or anything but like 90% of America does. So I probably do. My parents are divorced. I think my dad is gay. He’s been living with our cousin Bob for years and all I knew about Bob before he moved in was that he was a swinger. What else? I’m dyslexic, which is only a problem when I 69."

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Friday, September 07, 2007

Musicals are the art form of anyone who has ever lived a lie.

"If you’re new to musicals, or believe them to be the exclusive province of the gay and the elderly, you must acclimate yourself slowly: Oklahoma is a masterpiece, but anything with a dream ballet is probably going to be a bit much. Allow me to suggest the following progression..."

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