**spoiler alert** I had this hardcover for years, apparently, but hadn't read it. The day before I moved back to Charleston, I saw the paperback editi**spoiler alert** I had this hardcover for years, apparently, but hadn't read it. The day before I moved back to Charleston, I saw the paperback edition in a bargain bin for $4 and thought that was a fair price for anything with drugs masquerading as cereal on the cover and the promise of essays on The Real World and Saved by the Bell contained within. The next night, I started prepping for the move and discovered the hardcover edition, which probably belongs to someone else, packed away in a box. Oops!
Klosterman's collection of pop-culture rants and raves turned out to be better than I anticipated, considering the inanity of some of his SPIN magazine essays. A few nagging questions:
*Did he skip season four of The Real World entirely, or did he just hate it? He didn't mention ANYONE from that season, including (hot) Oxfordian Neil, who got his tongue bitten off in the course of the show! And Jay the playwright, who was the most legitimately artistic "artist" in the first five seasons (except maybe Heather B from season one), and who dealt with crippling writer's block during his stay in the London house.
*The basketball chapter was snoresville. It's a black/white thing! No, it's not. Yes, it is! What? Larry Bird? NWA? Magic Johnson? Celtics? Snoopy wah-wahs to my ears. Eyes. You know. The chapter about the GNR tribute band also seemed a bit fluffy, but possibly my lack of interest was due to the number of people I know in tribute bands, most of whom are hilarious/ridiculous but not drug-abusing idiots like the guys in Paradise City. In fact, most of them are Dads (or Dad-types) with office jobs. Also, everyone in Charleston knows the best GNR tribute band is GNR Lies.
*On the opposite end of relevance, the media chapter was my favorite part of the whole book. I'm thinking about Xeroxing it and keeping a copy in my bag at all times to hand to anyone who starts ranting about "media bias." I just wanted a Dr. Pepper for dinner, OK?!
*The last line of the book was absolutely killer, especially to this rusty ol' Catholic who still hasn't let go of all that creepy catechism: "I'm angling for purgatory, and I'm angling hard."...more
My only problem with the ATK cookbook is that there's not more recipes in it! The five-ring binder-style construction was an extremely thoughtful moveMy only problem with the ATK cookbook is that there's not more recipes in it! The five-ring binder-style construction was an extremely thoughtful move on the part of the authors—when I'm making something detailed or want to reference a picture/diagram while cooking, I just remove the recipe page and tape it to a cabinet at eye-level....more
OK, so really I haven't read this since 8th grade, but I still think about it every single time I walk in front of a sewer (or see a discarded fridgeOK, so really I haven't read this since 8th grade, but I still think about it every single time I walk in front of a sewer (or see a discarded fridge or a slingshot or have to fish anything out of a drain), so that's got to count for something, right?...more