My copy of the now infamous Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Rolling Stone cover photo has been on my desk for a week. Living in Maine, it got to me days after it initially hit news stands, so by the time I pulled it from my mailbox, this country was in a full throttle yelling match over the … Continue reading Rethinking Rolling Stone’s Boston Bomber Cover and the Way We Discuss Ideas in America
The name Lake Street Dive doesn't exactly invoke classy connotations. The band name makes me think of smoky bars in backwoods towns where shiftless people drink cloudy beer and think shiftless thoughts. The band that hit LL Bean's outdoor stage on Saturday night (7.20.13) was anything but shiftless. With lush, tasteful harmonies, beautiful pop grooves, … Continue reading Concert Review: Lake Street Dive at the LL Bean Concert Series (7.20.13)
Drinking Pliny the Elder a few weeks ago with Tim, we got to musing over whether or not there's any reason to rank beers. If a beer kicks your palate's ass, then why start rating it against other beers? Why do humans feel the need to categorize and make best-of lists? As humans, we like … Continue reading Pliny the Elder Vs. Heady Topper: A Fight for World Dominance
I can be passive aggressive with the best of them. I can mope, make snide comments, and indirectly be an ass to someone without ever addressing the real issue. If I'm mad at you, you might not even know it, unless you're tuned into my subtle, ninja-like passive aggressive behavior. I grew up in a … Continue reading The Dangers of Being Passive Aggressive: Take Heed Husbands and Writers
When I visit art museums, I have to work hard not to be a cynical dick. I mean, real hard. My recent visit to The Museum of Modern Art in NYC was a test of my dickery. If you've been to MoMA, then you've seen some of the garbled junk that passes as capital 'A' … Continue reading A Philistine Considers the Question: What Makes Something Art?
The story of how I got my greedy mitts on a bottle of Pliny the Elder is almost as integral to the mystique of the imperial IPA as the complex taste wave the beer possesses. In some camps, there's an argument that Pliny's stories of inaccessibility -- it's only available in parts of California -- … Continue reading Does Pliny the Elder Stand Up to All the Hype?