Stories Never Fail Us

She’s eighteen and she’s getting a little impatient with life at her boarding school. She doesn’t see her stepdad very often. She knows more about magic than the teachers at Wyverly College, but even though the school is within twenty miles of the Wall that separates mundane from […]

Ah, the perennial music nerd topic, Desert Island Discs. On the Beatles’ Help: “This album falls on the trailing edge of their original Beatlemania phase and the beginning of their brief folk-rock/art-pop phase (a phase I wish had lasted a little longer before they went pepperdelic).”

Over at Maisonneuve, Michel Basilières writes a heartfelt appreciation of the career of Fritz Leiber, a writer who “was equally at home with science fiction, modern or urban fantasy, horror stories and sword & sorcery—an expression he coined.”

Joystiq reports the clumsiest product displacement yet, where Electronic Arts removed a reference to Sega in House of Pain’s anthem “Jump Around” from NBA Street v3. The corporate revisionist megamix in yo face!

Bogus Celebrity Nudes Revealed!

Either in their ’40s noir cinema incarnation, or as modern day gumshoes, detectives are pretty low-key and don’t usually announce their presence by yelling out to anyone who will listen about their ability to solve crimes, but a 60 year old Wisconsin man named Ed Lake who is […]

Coding Collagers

The internet is packed with funny. A clever idea, executed well, can move quickly through the blogosphere. So when I first saw Pac-Mondrian, a videogame that juxtaposes the famous mouth against a famous painting, I wasn’t bowled over. I did like the incongruous old-time jazz soundtrack, however, and […]