Archive > October 2008

The Virginia Film Festival is in my backyard eating all my popcorn

The Virginia Film Festival takes place in Charlottesville this weekend! Granted, it’s no Virginia Festival of the Book, but UVA has now thrown this party 21 times to tremendous acclaim. And the weekend promises to be as exciting as anything possibly can be without a nonstop parade of serious books and authors. Movie stars have [...]

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Breezy Palomino calls out the liars

Of all my Murray cousins and their significant others, Nick and Alice have the best blog.   Scoff Magazine’s “Things That Are Never True“: 2) This is the perfect weather for my fleece jacket and river sandals. I just get so cold up top and hot down bottom.

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Brooklyn hipster imitation is the highest form of flattery

I wanted to be supportive. I really did. The poster’s kind of cool, even if the women depicted look too scrawny and too bangly and too fashionable to compete with the likes of us. They’re also in the Break Arm Position. But then I visited the Classy Ladies Arm Wrestling Society (CLAWS) Myspace page and [...]

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Boulevard Symposium: Writers in Academia

The current issue of Boulevard (Vol. 24, No. 70) includes an interesting symposium on the pros and cons of Writers teaching Writing to Writers in colleges and universities. A similar dilemma is posed by the question “to MFA or not to MFA?” Are creative writing courses in higher education just molding pretentious, homogeneous, academic assholes [...]

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How to kill bedbugs with your bare hands*

I know a family recently transplanted from Brooklyn. They gave me a tour of their new house down the street. “And this,” they said, “is the shed where we keep all of our stuff from New York.” Their many boxes of books and clothes and sheets had been relegated to a utility shed in the [...]

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The woefully misinformed are now armed. . . with chewing gum

From CNN’s Political Ticker: “I’ve got to give you some straight talk. Let me give you the state of the race today,” McCain told the crowd. “We have 17 days to go. We’re 6 points down. The national media has written us off…. But my friends in all this planning they forgot to let you [...]

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Scientific American is on a roll

Scientific American always tells it to me straight. Three studies to quote at your next dinner party: Never Say Die: Why We Can’t Imagine Death The Science of Gossip: Why We Can’t Stop Ourselves Political Science: What Being Neat or Messy Says about Political Leanings

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The CLAW book is here!

The CLAW book is finally here! Not yet in person, but online, which in my view is better than any medium that passes bacteria from one hand to another. Congratulations to the extraordinary wedding photographer, Straight Punch to the Crotcher, and man-about-town Billy Hunt for making it all happen! On November 7, Billy and CLAW [...]

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Bucks & Gallants live on the air with New Jersey radio and MySpace mogul Tom Scharpling!

On Tuesday night (October 14), Tom Scharpling of The Best Show on WFMU interviewed my main man (the bbf) for a radio segment called “Smash or Trash.” Scharpling has a booming internet presence thanks to his podcast and his MySpace and his Friends of Tom online forum. I avoid the forum because I feel like [...]

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My too-tight Obama t-shirt fits me just fine

I ordered a Size Small t-shirt from Barack Obama headquarters because even though I am a sophisticated woman in my late 20s, I still sometimes forget that I cannot wear the cute things I see in Limited Too and Gap Kids. So now I have this teeny-tiny Obama t-shirt that I can only wear under [...]

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