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Mr. Stud

Inflatable Mr. Stud in the hall closet

What is this inflatable, action motion Mr. Stud box doing in the hall closet? Fair question. I first met Mr. Stud in January of 2003. He was dressed in jeans and a hoodie, calmly occupying an old rocking chair in the basement, and I was coming down the steps with a load of laundry. “Fuuuuuuuuck. […]

Secret Cinema and secret ballots

Secret Cinema and secret ballots

It’s not very secret if there’s a webpage and a mailing list. But check out Secret Cinema’s Friday night Halloween-grab-bag lineup: The very first Twilight Zone episode from 1959 Who’s Out There: a short about the possibility of life on other planets (with Carl Sagan and Orson Welles) The Old House: a vintage haunted house […]

Philadelphia election scandal:  the one with the pierogies

Philadelphia election scandal: the one with the pierogies

If you live in the thirteenth division of Philadelphia’s fifteenth ward, this is your humble polling place. It will be the usual drill: no muss, no fuss, no hanging chads or busted kneecaps. A few short blocks away, however, citizens in the seventeenth division will vote at the Russian Orthodox Church. A reliable source informs […]

Soup exchange:  I am woman, hear me blend

Soup exchange: I am woman, hear me blend

Listen up, all you wussified, Kitchen-Aid-lovin’ cooks out there. I am here to tell you about the Joy of Soup, old school style. I spent the better part of Sunday peeling and chopping six pounds of carrots. Chopping with a big-ass knife. Not putting into a food processor and pressing the button. Yes, the big-ass […]

Good news:  SpongeBob Squarepants soundtrack

Good news: SpongeBob Squarepants soundtrack

Last week, Stereogum posted two mp3s from the soundtrack of the forthcoming SpongeBob Squarepants Movie.  I’ve never seen SpongeBob Squarepants and had not heard of the movie, but these songs are charming (a complete track listing is here): The Shins: They’ll Discover Soon The Flaming Lips: SpongeBob and Patrick Confront the Psychic Wall of Energy […]

Philadelphia Mural Arts Month

Philadelphia Mural Arts Month

Why are a bunch of yuppie-looking white folks riding a trolley around North Philly? We’re on a mural tour! Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program, which started as the anti-graffiti network in 1984, is the largest mural program in the world. Some critics prefer “real” street art, or they belittle the quality of the paintings, or they […]