SongExploder № 15: Brian Reitzell and “Watch Dogs”


Hrishikesh Hirways’ “SongExploder,” which I discovered through the crazy folks at, 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...]

Gone Weddin’

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Taking a week or two to head to Washington to witness. I shall return anon. Content may be scanty during the next few days. If my mostly-magical WordPress “Scheduler” function works properly, however, you shall not be left postless. …though whether that is a good or a bad thing remains to be seen. Y’all behave, now, [Read More...]

Stepping Away For a Few


That’s me to a T. Not calm. Not lately. Luckily, this is Wyoming. And it’s not winter. So I’m goin’ fishing. With the entire family. …which might not help. But, still. Try to behave while I’m gone. More anon. [Read more...]

Just Jim Dale (And That’s Just Fine)


Unless you are a fervent fan(atic) of Dr. Terminus (as I am) or a dedicated devotee of Broadway’s “Barnum” (which I am not, though I’m thinking of changing that as a result of this post), hearing the name “Jim Dale” probably doesn’t bring a face immediately to mind. In fact, I’m guessing the vast majority of [Read More...]

“The Ransom of Red Chief”


I received your letter to-day by post, in regard to the ransom you ask for the return of my son. I think you are a little high in your demands, and I hereby make you a counter-proposition, which I am inclined to believe you will accept. You bring Johnny home and pay me two hundred [Read More...]