Books

The End of an Area: Playboy Puts Its Clothes Back On…

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Today Playboy launched the ultimate insult – the first of their ‘non-nude’ issues. In 1953, after mortgaging his furniture, generating a bank loan of $600, and raising $8,000 from 45 investors, including $1,000 from his mother, enterprising cartoonist Hugh Hefner launched Playboy magazine. He was so uncertain of its future, there wasn’t even a date […]

J. K. Rowling & The Twittering MP – Or: Kanye Who?

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What a time to be alive. These days, in that strange nexus of pop culture whimsy and the 24-hour news cycle, a Twitter spat between over-indulged celebrities (that is, a spat between celebrities on the social media site known as “Twitter”) can very quickly blow up into a “Story Of Interest”. Recently, Over-Indulged Celebrity & Genius […]

In Defense of a Three Star Life

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There’s been a pervasive trend in recent years pushing us all towards exceptionalism. I speak, of course, of the ratings given to everything in our lives. It began with movies and restaurants and has spilled into literature, music, TV, and, for about two terrifying seconds, our social circles. Who hasn’t found themselves standing outside a […]

‘Hunger’ Game: Carrie Brownstein & Rock Memoirs

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There’s a famous quote (often credited to Elvis Costello, but more likely coined by comedian Martin Mull) that equates the concept of writing about music to dancing about architecture. Implicit in the phrase is the understanding that either endeavor is inherently worthless. And, sure; there are plenty of books by and about musicians that would […]

Matthew McConaughey Cast in Stephen King’s The Dark Tower

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The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Matthew McConaughey has been offered roles in the new movie adaption of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series – with the choice of playing either legendary gunslinger Roland Deschain, or King’s inimitable villain Randall Flagg. Initial reports suggest that he’ll take the Flagg role – which is a pretty […]

Stan Lee Comikaze 2015 Cosplay Album

Jake De Great
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I had the opportunity to go to Stan Lee Comikaze along with Tim and Maddie. It was a great event besides being split in half due to the Obesity Week convention that for some reason needed half of the biggest hall instead of just taking the West hall completely and letting Comikaze be in the South […]

Did Playboy Just Jump the Shark?

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If you’re as much of a fan of naked ladies as I am, you’re no doubt shocked and appalled by the news that Playboy magazine – the icon of softcore nudity worldwide – is going ‘nudity free’ in 2016. But the real question is: Will it destroy the brand? The Playboy bunny is the second-most […]