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One Less Cooke in the Kitchen

The phrase “graphic novel” has certainly evolved over the years, albeit not entirely for the best. Once applied mainly to stories in comic strip form that went beyond the bounds of what was typically seen in a monthly comic book or daily newspaper strip, it’s

It Never Gets Easier, and I Don’t Understand

In 1971, producers Lou Stallman and Bobby Susser released the song “Once You Understand.” The “song” consists of a spoken dialog between conservative parents and rebellious teens, coupled with a single line chorus which is repeated ad nauseam, “Things get a little bit easier, once

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Desert Trip: Youth Dies Hard

Woodstock…Monterey…Altamont (OK, maybe not Altamont). These are towering Boomer-generation shows that left a lasting impact on music. Albums were recorded, movies were made, iconic moments occurred. Things changed in the culture after each and every one of those events. Now comes… Desert Trip? Conceived by

Pedal to the Metal: A Brand New “Top Gear”

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. It’s the beginning of a new era for the world’s most-watched factual TV program (according to the Guinness Book of World Records). Top Gear is returning to the BBC (and BBC America here in the U.S.) at the end

Exercise Your Style

When I write gym culture, you probably think the people and the attitude at the gym. Is this a place filled with meatheads and models? Is this a gym that caters to the rich, the skinny, the overweight, the hopeful, the hopeless? My sense of