I Saw Neko Case Last Night! And Her New Songs Are Great. Listen:

I got to see Neko Case for free last night at an event sponsored by Pandora and T-Mobile. She was great (as always). Now I’ve seen her both with the New Pornographers and without, so that’s great. She said it was her first time performing the songs from the new album before an audience of [Read More...]

Breaking Bad Summed Up (Spoilers)

Pretty much. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Humanizing Humanists: Sylvia Broeckx’s Hug An Atheist

Daniel Fincke

Hug An Atheist debuts Saturday September 14 at 7:45pm at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco as one of seven films in the fifth annual Atheist Film Festival. Imagine you wanted to dispel someone’s phobias about the members of an unfairly maligned and stigmatized group of people? How would you do it? One method is [Read More...]

Stephen Colbert’s Tribute To His Recently Deceased Mother

I don’t know how he delivered this without crying when I couldn’t even watch it without shedding some tears: The full episode is must see for the first TV appearance of The Postal Service. They play “Such Great Heights” and a new song. If you have never heard their 2003 album, Give Up – Deluxe [Read More...]

Frank Oz’s Eulogy To Jim Henson

We lost one of the greatest creative geniuses in American history 23 years ago today. Here was the great Frank Oz’s moving and fittingly quirky memorialization of his friend and collaborator. Last year I wrote a post on how much Kermit means to me and why. Here’s part 1 of a wonderful documentary that covers [Read More...]

Why Anakin’s Conversion To The Dark Side Made Sense

Obi-Dan Finckobi Close Up

James Gray considers Anakin Skywalker’s conversion to the Dark Side unconvincing. He wanted more Hobbesian philosophy like is implied in the original trilogy. Such thinking is presented as part of Anakin’s view on the world, in episode II at least when Anakin and Natalie Portman are frolicking in the meadow and they have an unusually artfully scripted [Read More...]

James Hetfield as Nietzschean Yes-Sayer

Nietzsche, in the Gay Science 276, writes: I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things; then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful. Amor fati: let that be my love henceforth! I do not want to wage war against what is ugly. I do [Read More...]

A Camel That Laughs Like Peter Griffin

In the past I have promised you more actual camels. Behold, thanks to a tip from David, I here give you a camel whose response to being poked/tickled is to make a noise like the laugh of Peter Griffin from Family Guy: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Leave Quentin Tarantino Alone

How’s this for an idea: let’s let the filmmakers be filmmakers and consult psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, neuroscientists, policy analysts, philosophers, and, well, just about ANYONE ELSE more qualified to answer about the connections between fantasy violence and real violence. [Read more...]


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