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Sarah Vowell, Queen of the Literary Hipster Nerds, Explains Her Begrudging Respect For Monarchy

By |March 17th, 2011|

If you’re a longtime fan of Sarah Vowell, it’s hard not to get annoyed when people say things like, “Oh I just love her audio books.” And it doesn’t happen exclusively with people who consume their literature in MP3 form. […]

Stan Lee Knows How to Save the Spider-Man Musical. Just Add More Stan Lee!

By |March 10th, 2011|

Like a lot of kids who grew up reading comic books, I wanted to be Stan Lee. […]

Sex, Drugs, and Drag

By |March 3rd, 2011|

Morrissey, back when he still went by the name Steven Morrissey and was years away from discovering veganism and ironic cardigans, wrote what is probably the definitive treatise on the New York Dolls. […]

Joe Bastardi Explains Why the Cold Miser Is Winning the Climate-Change Showdown

By |February 24th, 2011|

Before Joe Bastardi would agree to speak with me, he wanted to make one thing perfectly clear. “I am IN NO WAY A TV WEATHER ANCHOR!” he wrote in an email, and you could almost hear the carotid artery throbbing on his neck as he typed. […]

Ke$ha Spends More on Glitter Every Month Than Most People Spend on Rent

By |February 10th, 2011|

It’s hard to tell sometimes if Ke$ha is kidding. On the one hand, who among us isn’t tired of hearing things like, “Paris Hilton/ Lindsay Lohan/ Britney Spears/ Tera Reid/ etc. is so much smarter than people give her credit for?” Because by now it’s pretty obvious that that’s hardly ever the case. […]

Mike Ditka Has Never Heard of the Puppy Bowl

By |February 3rd, 2011|

It’s gonna be difficult to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday — 6:30pm ET on FOX, like you don’t already know — without thinking of 1985. […]

Offal Chef Chris Cosentino Is Happy to Make a Meat Dress for Lady Gaga

By |January 27th, 2011|

Chris Cosentino, the Executive Chef at Incanto in San Francisco, wasn’t sure he wanted to talk to me. And I could understand his reticence. He may be a chef on the verge of mainstream fame, with frequent appearances on Food Network shows like The Next Iron Chef, Chefs vs. City and The Best Thing I Ever Ate. But he’s also a chef who cooks almost primarily with offal. […]

Peter Dinklage’s Porn Name Is, Not Surprisingly, Peter Dinklage

By |January 20th, 2011|

Peter Dinklage isn’t your father’s dwarf actor. […]

Sir Ian McKellen Has Sad News for Hobbit Fans: “There’s No Sex in Middle Earth!”

By |January 13th, 2011|

If you’re the kind of person who gets obsessive about all thing Tolkienian, it’s been a pretty big week. Sir Ian McKellen made it official Tuesday, announcing on his website that he’ll playing Gandalf in the upcoming two-part movie adaptation of The Hobbit, which begins filming in New Zealand next month. […]

The Best of Awkward Question Time

By |December 30th, 2010|

It’s that magical time of year again, somewhere in the news cycle limbo between Christmas and New Year’s, when those of us in the media can get away with recycling old material and passing it off as end-of-the-year retrospectives. […]

Lewis Black: Santa Is Preparing Your Children for Disappointment and Despair

By |December 23rd, 2010|

Are you feeling it yet? Christmas is just days away, and that means many of you (at least 25%, according to some polls) are depressed, anxious, angry at everything and nothing, or at best vaguely unsatisfied. […]

Ronnie Spector Wants To Give You a Christmas Boner!

By |December 16th, 2010|

If you’re of a certain post-Baby Boomer age, you probably recognize Ronnie Spector for two things: Being in that Eddie Money video from the 80s where he sings “Just like-a Ronnie said.” And being one of the featured performers on the album A Christmas Gift For You, which was released in 1963 and has been played incessantly ever since, especially in suburban shopping malls and Christmas parties hosted by your parents. […]

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