A very deck Veep

“Deck” got used on one of my favorite shows last night. My goofy contribution to pop culture has now been in The Sopranos and Veep. Very deck. Vulture deemed it the “compliment of the episode:” Dan to Catherine: “You’re hip! You’re deck! Deck’s a thing, right?”

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Happy April Fish Day

As the youngest of three siblings, the arrival of April Fools’ day was never exactly a reason to celebrate. As a kid, I recall awakening — breathless, disoriented, in a cold sweat — to the sight of my sister bleeding-out on my bedroom floor, a butcher knife jutting out from her armpit. (Yes, that happened.) My brother, not interested in […]

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My favorite GWAR moment – the Joan Rivers appearance – RIP Oderus Urungus

Well this really sucks. Having grown up in Richmond, I’ll always have a fondness in my heart for GWAR.  John Campbell of Lamb of God sums it up nicely: “a new statue on Monument Avenue is in order.”  I briefly lived above Oderus Urungus (Dave Brockie) in college and despite their reputation, he was a really sweet and (and oddly […]

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My favorite records of 2013

50. Dirty Beaches – Drifters / Love is the Devil49. Jessy Lanza – Pull My Hair Back48. Fuzz – Fuzz47. Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus46. Diarrhea Planet – I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams45. Fidlar – Fidlar44. James Blake – Overgrown43. Cuushe – Butterfly Case42. Foxygen – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic41. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City40. Majical Cloudz – Impersonator 39. Grouper – The […]

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Your Phone Is Ruining You For Us

I find it impossible to write fiction that’s set after 2002. Not because I’m a Gen-Xer waxing nostalgic about relaxing to Morcheeba on a distastefully stained sofa I found partially torn apart by a dog in an alley. (Oh, the glamour.) It’s just that it’s inconceivable to depict contemporary times authentically without including interludes where characters stare at their cell […]

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The Times printed a 1000 word smear piece on de Blasio accusing him of being a thoughtful leader who listens to people

Given the Times‘ disappointing endorsement of Christine “no specific plan to require the richest New Yorkers to pay more in taxes” Quinn for mayor, this odd piece on de Blasio is hardly surprising. It’s central premise suggests that the mayor of New York can only govern adequately by being a narcissistic prick, like Bloomberg or Giuliani. The Times sums up […]

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Seven Great Under-the-Radar Christmas Albums

It’s that time of the year again when new indie renditions of syrupy holiday songs are shared by music snobs who wouldn’t touch Harry Connick’s Auld Lang Syne with Michael Bublé’s Mele Kalikimaka. There are definitely some strong releases to be discovered including Sufjan Stevens’ latest holiday collection, Silver and Gold, though, admittedly, you’ll feel so twee listening to it […]

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My favorite music of 2012

50. Teen: Electric 49. Sun Araw: The Inner Treaty 48. Cat Power: Sun 47. Tallest Man on Earth: There’s no Leaving Now 46. Matthew E. White: Big Inner 45. Port St. Willow: Holiday 44. Flying Lotus: Until The Quiet Comes 43 Eternal Summers: Correct Behavior 42. Wild Nothing: Nocturne 41. Actress: R.I.P. 40. Metz: Metz 39. Kendrick Lamar: Good Kid, […]

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A Few of My Favorite Things (In Brooklyn)

Time Out listed some of my favorite spots in Brooklyn in their latest issue: “When I first moved to Brooklyn in 1996, I was two blocks away from the pier at India Street, which at the time was an abandoned lot with the best view you could possibly imagine of the New York skyline. I used to go there to […]

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Coming Next Year: Summer 2013 Movie Preview

Via The Morning News With blockbusters like Snow White and the Huntsman, Zombie Overkill, and Yahtzee: Alien Invasion, it’s already a smash hit for summer movies. But serious film buffs know Summer 2012 will be even better—and we’re not just talking about Jerry Bruckheimer’s live-action Hungry Hungry Hippo Apocalypse. Justice League Avengers: Manchild Uprising DC and Marvel Comics unite for […]

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