Category Archives: Pop Culture

Which did a better job of capturing the ethos of punk rock… Quincy or CHiPs?

Earlier this week, Arlo’s pediatrician and I determined that he’s now old enough to learn about punk rock. Since then, I’ve been doing a lot of research, trying to find the best way to introduce the concepts of senseless violence and nihilism to a two year old. I was hoping that I’d find some consensus […]

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Johnny Manziel and his rolled up $20 bill

There are few things in life I probably care less about than recently drafted NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel. And, under normal circumstances, I’d never post about how he chooses to spend his time in the restroom. This comment left on Reddit, though, seemed like the kind of thing I just had to share.

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Is Star Trek good for girls?

At some point, about a year ago, Clementine and I got out of the habit of reading together every night. It might have had something to do with the fact that Arlo had come along, and was demanding more of my time, but I suspect she’d also gotten to an age where our interests were […]

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Pencil Paparazzi: Janice Dickinson… cutting in line, talking loudly and doing lunges at Starbucks

I’ve got another entry for our ever-growing Pencil Paparazzi file. This one comes from a woman by the name of Kelli Paige, who, a few years ago, apparently had a run-in with self-proclaimed “world’s first supermodel” Janice Dickinson in an Ann Arbor Starbucks. The drawing was accompanied by the following note: According to a review […]

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“Who’s that tourist?” …Madonna joins the ranks of celebrities investing an afternoon to save Detroit

A terrifying relic from the ’80s was spotted making its way through Detroit today, and I’m not talking about RoboCop, who threw out the first pitch at tonight’s Tigers game in celebration of the recently proclaimed RoboCop Day. No, I’m talking about former pop star turned irrelevant fairground stripper Madonna Ciccone. (Those are Elton John’s […]

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