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2008 Stories by TOM CHILD

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  • Spare the Flesh

    published September 11, 2008

    Shakespeare has been accused of many things: plagiarism, misogyny and, in the case of The Merchant of Venice, anti-semitism. In the play,... More >>

  • Juan Way

    published September 11, 2008

    It was only a short time ago that DFA Records seemed poised to dominate the iPods of the Vice-reading hipsterati. With unbelievably hyped... More >>

  • A-Maze-ing

    published September 11, 2008

    The film that dominated the imaginations of many of today’s Gen-Yers, Labyrinth brought together three mighty forces: the music of... More >>

  • The Precious

    published September 11, 2008

    We’d like to think California would have eventually become as popular as it is without the benefit of the Gold Rush, but there’s no... More >>

  • [Special Screenings] Local Showings of 'Breaking Away,' ' Cry-Baby,' 'Hero' and More

    published September 4, 2008

    Movie of the Week:Breaking AwayPeter Yates’ 1979 sleeper hit stars Dennis... More >>

  • Hole Lotta Love

    published September 4, 2008

    During its heyday, the Art Bell-hosted Coast to Coast AM radio program was a goldmine of crackpots, psuedo-scientists, psychics, X-Filers and... More >>

  • [Special Screenings] Local Showings of 'Big Wednesday,' 'Back to School,' More

    published August 28, 2008

    Movie of the Week:Big WednesdayJohn Milius directed and co-wrote this classic surfing movie, starring... More >>

  • Soul Surfing

    published August 28, 2008

    You don’t need to consider yourself particularly religious to feel a sense of awe when confronted with the seemingly infinite expanse and... More >>

  • Greece is the Word

    published August 28, 2008

    Opa! Greece, the cradle of Democracy; the land of Socatres, Plato and Aristotle; the inventors of fraternity hazing . . . and also known... More >>

  • Crazy Good

    published August 28, 2008

    As the hipster aesthetic has come to dominate the music scene, it’s sometimes easy to forget that good music doesn’t necessarily have to... More >>

  • [Special Screenings] Local Screenings of 'Sir! No Sir' and More

    published August 21, 2008

    Movie of the Week:Sir! No Sir!This compelling documentary examines the little-known movement by soldiers to end the... More >>

  • Article Redacted

    published August 21, 2008

    While it may be Terry Gilliam’s greatest achievement as a filmmaker, Brazil was not treated with the reverance the masterpiece... More >>

  • Those Cheekbones!

    published August 21, 2008

    It’s not hard to understand, even seventy years later, that there was a time when the sight of Marlene Dietrich projected on a large screen... More >>

  • Gone, Baby, Gone

    published August 21, 2008

    Thanks to the magic of photography, people can find themeselves mysteriously nostalgic for time periods in which they never lived. We frequently... More >>

  • Interesting Times

    published August 14, 2008

    George Orwell: journalist, novelist . . . psychic? Yes, when Orwell published 1984 in 1949, he certainly had an inkling about the way the world... More >>

  • Til Death

    published August 14, 2008

    Ah, marriage-the surest way to eventually destroy a couple. Perhaps we're being a bit cynical. After all, it does work out a little under half... More >>

  • The Beautiful

    published August 14, 2008

    While there have been plenty of geographically inspired band names, most of them have settled for adopting the moniker of a major metropolitan... More >>

  • [Special Screenings] Local Showings of 'The Magnificent Seven,' '1984,' 'West Side Story,' More

    published August 14, 2008

    Movie of the Week: The Magnificent Seven This classic Western remake of Kurosawa'sThe Seven... More >>

  • [Special Screenings] Local Showings of 'The Pink Panther,' 'Arthur,' 'Goonies,' More

    published August 7, 2008

    Movie of the Week: The Pink Panther Director Blake Edwards and co-writer Maurice Richlin created a... More >>

  • Sopping Wet

    published August 7, 2008

    Now that music editor Dave Segal has returned to his beloved Seattle, we'll have no compunctions wearing our Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim... More >>

  • Stripper Fans

    published August 7, 2008

    The comic strip as an artistic artifact has been around for centuries. Frequently employed for political and social satire, caricaturists such as... More >>

  • Willkommen, Bienvenue

    published August 7, 2008

    Weimar Germany was quite the place to be. Sure, it led to one of the darkest periods in modern human history, but the combination of a devestated... More >>

  • Rock 'n' Roll

    published August 7, 2008

    Humans, like crows, tend to be attracted to sparkly things. Twinkling Christmas lights, disco balls, platinum grills: we can't get enough of... More >>

  • You Talkin' To Me?

    published August 7, 2008

    MADtv was a wildly uneven program, but one of its frequent highlights were its spot-on impersonations courtesy of cast member Frank... More >>

  • [Special Screenings] Local Showings of 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off,' 'Hairspray,' 'Raging Bull,' More

    published July 31, 2008

    Movie of the Week: Ferris Bueller's Day Off Perhaps the best aged of... More >>

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