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N Cookie AA: Preliminary Housekeeping
August 20, 2009 – 9:06 AM | 13 Comments
N Cookie AA: Preliminary Housekeeping

Greetings, snacklings! Please give Wing Chun a round of applause (or clink your spoons on your bowls) for her excellent co-captaincy of the N Cereal AA.
It's already time to do it again. The N Cookie …

All the ormolu that's fit to print: Works of Edith Wharton
August 17, 2009 – 11:10 AM | 36 Comments
All the ormolu that's fit to print: <I>Works of Edith Wharton</I>

Works of Edith Wharton does not contain all of Wharton's works — to fit the novels and the gardening/architecture stuff and the erotica and the letters and all the other "and"s into one volume obviously …

It's just a bill…
August 11, 2009 – 3:29 PM | 14 Comments

My piece for Monkey See on The Art of Making Money: The Story of a Master Counterfeiter, and the frustrations of being a currency nerd. The short version: it's a good book; I spend too …

'80s Rewatch: You Make The Call
August 9, 2009 – 11:07 PM | 132 Comments
'80s Rewatch: You Make The Call

In the spirit of recent rewatches elsewhere around the interwebs — Wing's 90210 coverage at Sling; Sepinwall's of Band of Brothers, Sports Night, and others — I've decided to do my own. The TN twist: …

Support Local Biz: August 6, 2009
August 6, 2009 – 11:50 AM | 3 Comments
Support Local Biz: August 6, 2009

Reader Amalie is putting together a collection of plays and one-acts for performances affiliated with the Berkeley, CA Public Library — including a few of the Famous Ghost Monologues. (Mary Charles McCormack, Mary Katherine Tomiczek, …

The N Cereal AA: Your Champion
August 4, 2009 – 8:55 AM | 31 Comments
The N Cereal AA: Your Champion

Frosted Flakes ekes out the win at last after a closely fought battle with Honey Nut Cheerios. The final bracket is right here if you'd like to review the goings-on in their entirety.
Stay tuned for …

The Most Evil Women in History
August 3, 2009 – 4:27 PM | 9 Comments
<I>The Most Evil Women in History</I>

The hilarious cover art and dryly blunt title got my hopes up — in vain, alas. The writing is not awful, but Shelley Klein can't decide if she's going to report these cases straight, offer …

N Cereal AA: The Finals
August 3, 2009 – 9:30 AM | 52 Comments
N Cereal AA: The Finals

Edited 8/3/09 to add: It's still a dead heat. The current plan is to close the poll the morning of 8/4/09, but in the meantime, please Facebook, tweet, or otherwise share this entry to bring …

"Yes, he says 'moi'"
August 1, 2009 – 8:20 PM | 17 Comments

Miss Alli addresses James Spader's underthought character in Wall Street, and much much more. It's a great piece, and the various bigger-than-a-breadbox-sized objects she uses to describe Gekko's cell phone crack me up, but I …

The Vacationing: July 2009 Edition
July 26, 2009 – 9:53 PM | 22 Comments
The Vacationing: July 2009 Edition

Typhus, the Brooklyn Dodgers of Flatbush, lesser Kennedys, seminal animé (say that five times fast), Argentine nutbars, and cod on the Cape — plus the N Cereal AA and the fall contest.These stories and more, …