10 Things That Tell You There’s An Architect In The House


A long-time friend (and classically-trained architect) spent a few days with us this past week, adding his trio of boys to the Already-Intimidating Susanka Pack. With the exception of the now-infamous Stomach Bug Incident, a good time was had by all, and I was sorry to see him go. In other (and doubtless unrelated) news, this impressive [Read More...]

Seeking the Magic of One’s Youth


I stumbled across this quote while flipping through the latest edition of The New Atlantis a few weeks ago, and instantly loved it. (Also, it frightens me. I’m afraid of some day realizing that I’ve succumbed to that “blindness of spirit” without even realizing it. I don’t just want childlike wonder; I need it. We all do.) …you [Read More...]

Sean Bean and the Meta-Meme


TNT’s newest show, “Legends,” stars Sean Bean. Otherwise known as the One-Man Meme Machine. Based on the award-winning book by master spy novelist Robert Littell, Legends stars Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings) as Martin Odum, a FBI agent with the ability to transform himself into a different person for each [Read More...]

Chaos Without Energy


“I wanted chaos without energy.” That’s the challenge director Tarsem Singh set himself when crafting the opening titles of his 2006 film, The Fall. And it’s one that he gloriously, unforgetably overcame. I wrote about the film a number of years ago – Short Version: It’s fantastic and weird and shockingly violent and wonderfully childlike, all at the same [Read More...]

SongExploder № 15: Brian Reitzell and “Watch Dogs”


Hrishikesh Hirways’ “SongExploder,” which I discovered through the crazy folks at MaximumFun.org, is one of my regular podcast stops. Described as “a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made,” it tends to focus on electronic music — which is a) unsurprising, given its stated interest in pulling apart/putting together, [Read More...]

Jeeves, Reading Wildely


Here’s a wonderful YouTube video of my man Jeeves (a.k.a. Stephen Fry) reading one of my favorite fairy tales of all time: Oscar Wilde’s “The Happy Prince:” “You have rightly chosen,” said God, “for in my garden of Paradise this little bird shall sing for evermore, and in my city of gold the Happy Prince shall praise me.” [Read More...]

Truly, These Are My People.


Working my way through the glut of post-vacation pieces in my feed-reader — over 7K at last count — I stumbled across this eye-opener from last month’s A.V. Club: …a fellow who goes by the handle Blubbler set the record this week for fastest Super Mario Bros. completion time. As reported by Kotaku, Blubbler’s time of 4:57.69 is the best [Read More...]

“Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” by T.S. Eliot

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Described by the magically-infallible (if only occasionally-reliable) Wikipedia as “a collection of whimsical poems by T. S. Eliot about feline psychology and sociology,” this work is perhaps most (albeit tangentially) famous for its role as “the basis for the musical ‘Cats.’” And that’s a shame, because it deserves to be recognized as worthwhile no matter/(in spite of?) [Read More...]

Chuck Jones Drawing Bugs Bunny


I can’t remember the kind soul who first retweeted this video of Chuck Jones drawing Bugs Bunny — The Anchoress, perhaps? — and that’s a shame, because someone deserves a medal for the amount of pleasure it has given me over the past few weeks. Seriously, I love these sorts of things — showing me [Read More...]

Evidence That I Have Arrived (FINALLY!)


Thanks to my Twitter notifications, I now have irrefutable evidence that this whole Blogging/Social Media thing is starting to pay off: Once more, for emphasis: Shakespeare is now following me on Twitter. I’m flattered. Gonna have to start an endorsements page, methinks: “The Bard Loves Joseph Susanka And Reads His Stuff All The Time,” or [Read More...]