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SIX SONGS FOR RUNNING EVERY DAY, TRYING TO WRITE THAT NOVEL…

. . . TRYING TO WRITE THAT NOVEL, LIVING IN A SMALL TOWN, AND WORKING IN THE MOST STRESSFUL, LOWEST PAYING FIELD SERIOUSLY MCDONALD’S DOODS MAKE MORE THAN YOU DO.

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Kissing

What's in a kiss? This question has plagued mankind for eons, and it’s recently become my obsession after I received a virtual kiss just days after venturing into the much maligned world of online dating.

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HATEMAIL: Dear ABC’s Extreme Makeover, Home Edition

I’m writing this letter on behalf of people who have watched your show and have been able to blow past the sappy bullshit, to realize that something just ain’t quite right.

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A Noodle Disneyland

Would you visit a museum for a bowl of ramen? That didn’t quite sound right, did it? Museums are (usually) places of high-culture—M.C. Escher lithographs, Rodin sculptures, Aztec pottery, Egyptian sarcophagi. Not always. In the Japanese port city of Yokohama, one could even go to a museum dedicated to a popular snack. The Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum, a zany hybrid of a food court, a Ramen theme park, and a museum, is all about celebrating, well, ramen.

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Fairy Tales Made New On The Silver Screen

In the last three years Hollywood has re-told the stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty and now, Snow White, in ways that bear no resemblance to the Disney versions of the same. For decades Disney had...

Commentary, Culture, Film

The Book of Annoyance: Entry Four – Grocery Shopping

Grocery shopping is the last urban battleground.

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SIX SONGS THAT APPEAR ON THE SOUNDTRACK TO MY LIFE IF…

...IT WAS MADE INTO AN INDIE MOVIE STARRING MICHAEL CERA.

Commentary, Culture, Music

A Very Dutch Addiction

I knew it was something I wanted to do even before I moved to the Netherlands. It’s such a part of life there. Sure, people do in Canada too, but not nearly as much or as openly. It’s not nearly as easy to do in Canada. Once I finally arrived in the Netherlands, I was surrounded by people doing it; I was hard-pressed to find someone who wasn’t.

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Navigating the Murky Morality of TV Spoilers

I’ll admit it: I’m a Spoiler. It’s a symptom of being such an avid television fan, but that’s no excuse. Repeatedly I find myself excitedly recounting scenes and detailing plot points from my favorite movies and shows, only to be met with rage and bitterness.

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HATEMAIL: Dear Easily Offended People

I’m writing this letter on behalf of everyone who is sick of tip toeing through a conversation for fear of opening Pamela’s Box (Pamela is Pandora’s younger, more easily offended sister. And instead of opening the box and releasing unspeakable evil upon the world, if you open Pamela’s Box you release judgement and condemnation over minor issues).

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