Penelope, still waiting

Hooked by P.D. James’ Death Comes to Pemberley on the idea of reading classics in a new light, I looked for more books where a favorite story of mine had been extended. I had already read a few novels from Darcy’s point of view and none hit the spot. Few authors are talented enough to … Continue reading

Finding order in kitchen chaos

Everyone has their own way of finding order. Maybe you wash your hands until they are cracked to keep from catching something. Maybe you vacuum the entire house every day. Maybe you fold your underwear and sort them by color. Maybe you organize your books by size. Each is a way to find order and … Continue reading

January 23-27, 2012

If you’re a music lover of a certain age, you know that mix CDs are awesome, but they’re just not the same creature as mix tapes. Mike Vincent wonders if even mix CDs aren’t obsolete, and revisits an early effort in “Winter”

It’s Oscar season again, and that means it’s time for Kevin Mattison’s annual “Great Oscar Race.” He sizes up the field in “Already out of breath”

Who watches TV one episode at a time anymore? Certainly not Sarah Pavis. And when Netflix offers so much all at once, how could one possibly be blamed? Read “The united queues of Sarah”

The internet is an amazing repository of the world’s knowledge. It’s a place where people can come together from across the world to accomplish amazing things. It’s also a steaming cesspool of humanity’s ignorance and filth. Lindsey Malta explores a bit of that cesspool in “Dumb internet shit”

Burger King is experimenting with delivery in the Washington, DC area, so The Friendly Foodie tries an experiment of his own, and finds he may have bitten off more than he can chew. Read “A supposedly successful experiment that I’ll never repeat”


When you work in a record store, rather, if you worked in a record store when I did you were always listening to music. It was your vocation and your avocation and it was what you spent your money on. In my early 20s I spent, conservatively, 14-16 hours on any given day listening to … Continue reading

The Great Oscar Race, 2012: Already out of breath

So the nominations have finally come out and I find myself even further behind than last year. I have seen a total of two of the Best Picture noms, one of the Best Actor, and an impressive ZIPPO of the Best Actress. The supporting categories are even worse. Even cinematography, a favorite category of mine, finds me at a pathetic … Continue reading

The united queues of Sarah

Hi, my name is Sarah and I’m an addict.  Last week I watched the entire series of The United States of Tara in 5 days. That’s 37 half hour episodes. I watched 13 episodes in one day. A Wednesday.  I’m currently two days sober from Netflix.  Most people don’t understand. They think TV is just … Continue reading

Dumb internet shit

Because I like learning random things I often like to Stumble the internet.  Sometimes this activity leads me to see all sorts of wonderful things — brilliant photography, interesting TED talks, new recipes, pertinent news stories, things I’m happy to have seen.  Other times it just leads me to see some of the dumbest shit, … Continue reading

A supposedly successful experiment that I’ll never repeat

I love delivery. Not only does it speak to my eternal laziness, but it makes me feel connected. It’s like getting mail, only faster and thus better. And so often, the things that one can get delivered are the great guilty pleasures — pizza, cupcakes, inexpensive Chinese food. And now, apparently, Burger King. Shortly after … Continue reading

January 16-20, 2012

While it’s probably not surprising that rich kids have a leg up in the music industry, why is it that some sons of privilege just rub you the wrong way, and some, well, don’t? Mike Vincent takes on a couple of recent examples in “Phonies”

Having love trouble? Always find yourself dating the wrong kind of guy? The solution isn’t to change your type, but to choose the right person in your type. Unless your type is Jersey Shore. Then it might be hopeless. Ana Holguin helps you sort it out in “Date this, not that”

Sarah Werner reads her Sunday paper and watches a pair of documentaries about “The Old Gray Lady.” Read “The newspapers of yore”

As appealing as watching Colin Firth as Fitzwilliam Darcy one more time might be, Kelly Hannon gives P. D. James’ Pride and Prejudice sequel Death Comes to Pemberley a go. Is it a disaster or a new favorite? Find out in “An old favorite in new hands”

If you ever see someone stealthily tucking away a mangled piece of chicken in their napkin, don’t be offended. The tasteful picky eater tries to suffer in silence, but it’s not always easy to do. Jill Kolongowski offers to guide you through it in “On faking it: Dinner etiquette with a picky eater”


Have you ever encountered a band you just don’t like? For reasons that you yourself are unclear about, you just don’t like them. It may be their music, it may be their person; whatever it is about the band just puts you off. Isn’t it amazing how the feelings that make you absolutely love one … Continue reading