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The Master Index of Imponderability Is Finally Online
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Why Do Pirates Love Parrots? The newest Imponderables book.
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May 09, 2013
So You Want To Move to New York City?
Maybe rent a room?
[Thanks to Virginia Parker]
April 04, 2013
RIP, Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert, just days after announcing a recurrence of cancer, died of the disease today. The tributes and obits are pouring in, including a fine one from his newspaper home.
A quick search indicates that I've posted about Ebert more than ten times on this blog, including links to some wonderful video from a happier time.
On a personal level, I'll always feel indebted to the Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic for answering an Imponderable for my first book, and a sensitive one at that: Why did Gene Siskel get top billing over Roger for At the Movies?
February 28, 2013
How a 'New Girl' Script Gets Made
TV critic Alan Sepinwall visits the set of New Girl to see how a rough draft is re-worked and re-worked and re-worked.
February 25, 2013
January 31, 2013
Why Is Your Memory So Bad?
[Thanks to Joanne Pavia]
January 22, 2013
Buddy Rich Lives!
January 12, 2013
December 12, 2012
Penguins Are Awesome
Make sure your sound is on.
December 03, 2012
Mark Evanier's Larry Hagman Story
It may be long, but it is so worth reading.
November 22, 2012
Why Are Turkeys Cheaper at Thanksgiving Time?
November 03, 2012
IMDB Top 250 in 2 1/2 Minutes
[Thanks to Brian Rose]
October 15, 2012
A Power Pop Primer
The Onion's A.V. club offers a great introduction to the origins of power pop, one of my favorite musical genres.
October 05, 2012
RIP, Frank Wilson
A great songwriter, Frank Wilson, died last week, after a long illness. Wilson wrote songs (often, just the music), among others, for the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and most successfully, for the Supremes. He was one of the hands in trying to update the image of the Supremes, most successfully, commercially, with Love Child. My two favorite songs of Wilson's, though they were both singles, were not mega-hits:
Co-written with three other songwriters, including the singer, is the original and best version of You've Made Me So Very Happy, by the great Brenda Holloway:
The Supremes put out many terrific singles after Diana Ross left the group. The first single starring lead singer Jean Terrell was "Up the Ladder To the Roof," featuring the music of Frank Wilson with lyrics by Vincent DiMirco:
October 03, 2012
Dionne Warwick, Live in Paris
Who is the greatest female singer of the last 50 years? My guess is that if you polled musicians, Aretha Franklin would dominate. If you polled the average American, Barbara Streisand might win. But I'd vote for Dionne Warwick. The always valuable Bedazzled features DW singing her first big hit, "Don't Make Me Over," another hit, "You'll Never Get To Heaven," and before that, a stunning cover of "Ebb Tide." Without the benefit of Burt Bacharach's production, a sympatico orchestra, and especially, backup singers, Dionne performance is thrilling:
September 14, 2012
I Miss Siskel & Ebert...
...and especially how funny they were together, as the videos on this blog post illustrate.
September 13, 2012
Back in the Day
How far back does "back in the day" go? Pat O'Conner and Stewart Kellerman tackle the etymology of this overused phrase in their excellent blog, Grammarphobia:
August 27, 2012
Early Beatles on Swedish TV
[Thanks to Sal Nunziato]
July 20, 2012
RIP, Tom Davis
Best known as Al Franken's partner as a standup and writer-performer on Saturday Night Live, here's his self-penned obituary.
July 04, 2012
Hoping all your vibrations are good!
June 27, 2012
[Thanks to Michael Feldman]
June 05, 2012
Why Do Some People Hate Raw Tomatoes?
June 03, 2012
In Honor of Captain Wa Wah
I'm on my way home from my college reunion, and in honor of John Peterson, otherwise known as Captain Wa Wah, here is how I first got to "know" him -- as keyboardist for the Pete Klint Quintet:
May 23, 2012
Rent a Fake Internet Girlfriend
It's convenient, hassle-free, and an oh-so-reasonable $250 a month. For the basic package.
May 14, 2012
37 Saddest Failed Kickstarters
May 07, 2012
How Have I Lived So Long Without a Monkey
[Thanks to Andrew Sullivan]
April 08, 2012
Is This Anything?
[Thanks to waxy.org]
March 30, 2012
Bad Day, Good Day
March 27, 2012
Why Does Iced Coffee Cost More than Hot?
March 10, 2012
Geraint Watkins's Heroes and Villains
[Thanks to Jim Cassidy]
March 04, 2012
Why a Book Costs 23 Million (and some spare change) on Amazon
[Thanks to Patricia O'Conner]