August 29-September 3, 2011

The Idler is celebrating our first year!

Revisiting her first “Rounding Third” column lets Angela Vasquez-Giroux touch on one of her favorite subjects, Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (who should have been AL MVP in 2010). Read “Rounding Third: year one”

Gavin Craig’s favorite part of The Idler is the surprises, and to try to make his own contribution, he serves up a bit of lore about how The Idler got started, and Ayn Rand’s unexpected contribution. (Surprise! You thought he was going to write about video games.) Read “Diary of a Casual Gamer: year one”

Serge Gainsbourg was an ugly man, but he had a talented, eclectic, and shockingly good-looking daughter. Mike Vincent watches Charlotte Gainsbourg’s films and listens to her music in “Family tree” (Beck has a cameo, but it’s not a flattering one.)

Kevin Mattison observes that The Idler is at its best when it’s weirdest, and he traks his own course off the beaten path in “The Cinephiles: year one”

Mike Vincent is a chatty man, and he looks back on a year of sound and talking in “Dysphonia: year one”

The Idler is the kind of site that would be nothing without our readers, so we asked a few of them what they enjoyed most from our first year. Check out the results in “Year One: Readers’ picks”

Rosemary Van Deuren comes full circle, starting and ending with John Waters, with some really outstanding interviews in the middle. Like a pie. Some kind of deeply weird, wonderful John Waters/interview pie. Read “Flipside: year one”

Kate Sloan looks back at her first year of writing, how she’s branched out a bit from just words and drawings, and outlines a scenario in which she might just have to fight you. Read “Drawn and Paneled: year one”

Wayne Barlowe is a living legend in the world of science fiction painting and creature art, and his work has appeared everywhere from the covers of Time and Newsweek to the film Avatar. Rosemary Van Deuren interviews him in “Wayne Barlowe”

Sometimes it’s not enough to watch a movie. Sometimes you have to watch somebody watching a movie, especially when those somebodies are a hapless janitor and two robots and the movies are some of the worst movies ever made. Daniel J. Hogan celebrates the wealth of Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes available on Netflix in “Movie sign with Mystery Science Theater 3000”

Pumps, TV, and tattoos, Ana Holguin looks back at what made the first year of “PopHeart” so great in “PopHeart: year one”

Exactly one year after The Idler‘s first post, the editors share some of their favorite pieces. Not in any particular order of course, or with any particular methodology. In fact, I’m sure there’s some really great stuff we left off, but it’s a good place to get started. (Man, I’m going to go take a nap. This all just smacks of effort.) Read “Year One: Editors’ picks”

Lindsey Malta looks back at the evidence of a vibe (or several). Read “Thoughtcicles: year one”

As is only appropriate, the writer of our first column gets us started. Jill Kolongowski looks forward, back, and gives a tip of the hat to the Idler column that gave her a new direction. Read “The F-Word: year one”

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