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Down at the End of Lonely Street: The King still has no clothes
March 11, 2013 – 11:45 AM | 2 Comments
<I>Down at the End of Lonely Street</I>: The King still has no clothes

If you only have time in your life for one Elvis Presley biography, and can't commit to the diaristic detail of the two-volume Guralnick, you could do worse than Down at the end of Lonely …

The Dark Knight Rises: Armored in our mistakes
December 28, 2012 – 2:59 PM | 9 Comments
<I>The Dark Knight Rises</I>: Armored in our mistakes

It isn't put together very well, the story, but it has such affection for its characters, and it believes uncynically in what it's trying to be, and it is trying to be a sad, beautiful …

Big Country Little Car Tour, Day 7
March 30, 2010 – 3:30 PM | 62 Comments
Big Country Little Car Tour, Day 7

I had about a half dozen different days in one on Monday, starting off at the National Civil Rights Museum. I'd forgotten Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, and the museum is on …

Big Country Little Car Tour, Day 6
March 29, 2010 – 7:14 AM | 30 Comments
Big Country Little Car Tour, Day 6

Maybe it's not always like that at Graceland. Maybe it was the chilly weather, maybe it was everyone buried in the audio tour and not talking much — I've never visited before, so I can't …

Big Country Little Car Tour, Days 3-4
March 27, 2010 – 10:29 AM | 6 Comments
Big Country Little Car Tour, Days 3-4

Every year we come down for the baseball conference, it's cold and rainy, and every year, every earthworm and slug within six feet of the front-entrance apron at the Crestwood Suites decides it's going to …

The bitter end
June 25, 2009 – 11:00 PM | 63 Comments
The bitter end

It all happened very fast — within a couple years of the Motown special. But even at the time of the "Motown 25" moonwalk, fame was old hat to Michael Jackson. He hadn't even turned …

RIP Kalas, Fidrych…and Wang's ERA
April 14, 2009 – 10:39 AM | 21 Comments
RIP Kalas, Fidrych…and Wang's ERA

Harry Kalas, legendary Phillies broadcaster, and Mark "The Bird" Fidrych both passed away yesterday. Tough week for baseball, but seeing Nick Swisher on the mound brightened things a bit, at least on this end.
Remembrances/bullpen jokes …

Outrageous Conduct: Art, Ego and the Twilight Zone Case
September 29, 2008 – 11:05 AM | 25 Comments
<I>Outrageous Conduct: Art, Ego and the Twilight Zone Case</I>

Prior to reading the book, my primary association with Twilight Zone: The Movie was the profoundly creepy third segment, especially the shot of the sister with no mouth; I made the mistake of watching the …

Consider The Author
September 15, 2008 – 2:55 PM | 45 Comments

Because a few people have asked…fans of David Foster Wallace should read Troy Patterson's write-up for Slate. Troy is a fellow vet of our college paper, and his take is on point as usual.
Well, as …

"You have lovely hands. Do you moisturize?"
August 9, 2008 – 10:01 AM | 26 Comments
"You have lovely hands.  Do you moisturize?"

BSD dropped me an email about Bernie Mac's death about an hour ago; the Sun-Times had it, but none of the other news orgs were confirming it, so we were on the phone together looking …