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Stop what you’re doing right now and buy tickets—stat!

Got any plans for Wednesday, November 29? Yes. Yes, you do: You’re going to go see the encore presentation of + more

Miscellany

In Germany, police detain a man with a python in his pants. Meanwhile, 400 miles south in the Austrian Alps… + more

This Is a Real Thing

“What you take away from standing in front of the dark, musty expanse is what you bring to it.” And + more

Halloween Miscellany

“Anthropomorphic pumpkins, mirror divination, and space-traveling witches”: a collection of vintage Halloween cards. In addition to my annual plea to + more

A Top 10 List Worth Reading

If you’re looking to watch a scary movie on Halloween but are unsure where to start, there’s no shortage of + more

Not Just for the Game Grid Anymore

This suffix, applied to nuclear physics, modern biology, and early AI—and even a certain carnival ride—was “a totem of high + more

It Was 20 Years Ago Today…

Entering the 17th and final race of the 1997 FIA Formula One World Championship, held October 26 at Jerez, Spain, + more

Quote of the Day

“A smart person who is given a five-hour job by their boss at four o’clock in the afternoon will get + more

Odds and Ends

Based on this interactive map from the good folks at candystore.com, Utah is a terrible place to spend your childhood. + more

Run, Don’t Walk, to Your Nearest Theater

I saw Blade Runner in 1982 at the Liberty Theater in Lewiston, Idaho. (Apparently, there weren’t that many of us + more

Music Recommendation

Back in 2001 when I was writing music criticism for the Local Planet, my editor gave me a copy of + more

“In 1973, I invented a ‘girly drink’…”

“The initial thought behind Baileys Irish Cream took about 30 seconds,” writes David Gluckman in the Irish Times. “In another 45 + more

Miscellany

“Fears are growing in Sweden over packs of radioactive wild boar moving north, ravaging forests and farmland.” We should probably + more

5 Proven Ways to Procrastinate for the Next 30 Minutes

Because it’s Thursday—which means we’re mere hours from Friday—and because the boss is out of town, we’ve decided that a + more

Quote of the Day

The function of music, says Wadada Leo Smith, is “to transform that [observer’s] life in just an instant, so that + more

Miscellany

Cooking with Nikolai Gogol: “Delicious beyond description!…Pies you couldn’t imagine in your wildest dreams: they melt in your mouth! And + more

The Dr. Seuss You Don’t Want Your Kids to See

So much has been written about the wisdom of Theodor Geisel’s words, crafted for the delight of kids but, at + more

Awesomeness: A Philosophical Inquiry

“A good person is great; but an awesome person—they’re on another level. I’m all for tasty sandwiches; but I’d rather have an awesome one. + more

Today in History

Lord Byron to Lady Melbourne, September 25, 1812: As to Annabella [Milbanke, his future wife] she requires time and all + more

The Death of Criticism?

The other day I said some disparaging things about The Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird—something about + more

Sounds About Right

“I miss the English,” says Martin Amis from his home in Manhattan. “I miss Londoners. I miss the wit.” So + more

Monday Miscellany

So, basically, Pow! was Brian Epstein. Or George Martin. Or Pete Best. Or Stuart Sutcliffe… “Playful urination practices—from seeing how + more

Who Painted the First Abstract Painting?

In a 1935 letter to his New York gallerist, Wassily Kandinsky made a bold claim: “Indeed,” he wrote of a + more

Thanks for Clearing the Air for Me

On Sunday, September 3, the missus and I pointed our trusty Subaru southeast toward Greeley, Colorado for a week-long series + more

Miscellany

Someone has finally deciphered the Voynich manuscript! Or…has he? “Long ago, in the ancient city of Cyrene, there was a herb + more

Free will or fait accompli?

Whether buying a house or auditioning potential mates, Goethe has some advice for you: “Choose well. Your choice is brief + more

On Location in Greeley, Colorado

Echo is on display at the University of Northern Colorado’s Mariana Gallery—and it’s pretty amazing. Artist Dylan Gebbia-Richards covered the + more

Walter Becker, RIP

I returned from a camping trip this weekend to learn of Walter Becker’s untimely death. For a certain kind of + more

Miscellany: Special Curmudgeonly Edition!

When Skooch told me about this, I didn’t believe him. Nobody, I said, is that dumb—nobody. Turns out I grossly + more

“One Last Time over Georgia”

Georgia is apparently one of the least-restrictive countries when it comes to drone photography. But that’s all changing a week + more

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