Ruminations About Bad Entertainment

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been watching TCM’s The Story of Film, a 15-hour documentary series about cinema history, as told by Irish film critic Marc Cousins. If you have the time to crank through it, I highly recommend it. The series is Film History 101 in a jar, …

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Tales from the Modern Family Tree

One of the rituals I’d inevitably need to perform anytime I’d dated anyone new is to attempt to explain my family. Yeah, I know, everyone’s family is bizarre in their own way. Mine is strange on a purely mechanical level. As one former boyfriend once exclaimed, “You don’t have a …

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The Good Ship Bollypop

Every year, a troupe of Minnesotans and I apply to attend the Butt-Numb-a-Thon birthday party / film festival. In recent years, Harry Knowles (the BNAT overlord and master) has made a video project part of the application process. This year, Harry’s assignment was to make our own version of “The …

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Trails

I woke up last night at 3:30 AM and could no longer sleep. Sometimes, my brain does this: it suddenly has a question, and its curiosity must be appeased before anything else happens. In this case, the question is one that had already been bugging me for a few days: …

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Farewell, Marcus.

It is with great sadness that I type these words: my friend Marcus lost a battle with cancer on Sunday night. I met Marcus a few years ago. We were both on a comics panel at the St. Paul Public Library along with several other local comics folk. I remember …

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Tales from the Workplace: The Soap Ritual

As I described in a couple previous episodes of Tales from the Workplace, I used to work at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. I did this for 11 years, and during those years, I worked in several capacities: running games, managing food booths, serving wine, and, finally, selling hats. This tale …

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I AM DONE.

A little over one year ago, I wrote a post about Slaying the Debt Monster. It was written in the middle of a very long process, during which I aimed to pay off a huge amount of debt the hard way: Since [2009], I’ve paid of $48,600 of debt the …

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Slaying the EDNOS

EDNOS: a medical acronym that stands for “Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified” It’s a messy thing. This is the acronym used for people who have eating disorders that aren’t classically classifiable as anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. It’s a junk drawer of eating disorders, and it includes purgeless binge eating. …

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Tales from the Workplace: Found in Translation

In one of my previous Tales from the Workplace tales, I mentioned that I once worked at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. I would strap myself into an expensive costume and use a bad English accent to sell things to dusty Minnesotans who had drunk too much. This tale predates the previous …

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How to Become a Movie Nerd

I admit, this is probably the least useful how-to article ever written. People who fall in love with the cinema seem to have no problem plunging in without any guidance whatsoever. However, these thoughts have been rattling around in my brain for a while, and for me, any excuse to …

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