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Donkey Pose

I’m kind of embarrassed to admit this, but in the six months that I’ve been a client coordinator at my yoga studio, I haven’t exactly been keeping up my practice. It’s not like there isn’t plenty of opportunity. We’re officially supposed to call Pureasana a “chakra spa,” which means you can, like, come in for […]

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Savage Love

Any regrets about 2004? –One Concerned Dude Regrets? I’ve had a few–I mean, I must have had a few, right? But thanks to short- and long-term memory loss (I drove a nail into my own head in fourth grade–really), I couldn’t recall any off the top of my head. So just for you, OCD, I […]

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Evolution Control Committee

In high school I had a creepy older pen pal who incessantly sent me mix tapes, and my favorite tracks were the fuzzy, slightly confusing contributions by the Evolution Control Committee, which combined slow, dumped-in-saggy-drawers beats, lewd lyrics, and grandma-candy melodic flourishes. ECC honcho Mark Gunderson–the O.G. of plunderphonics, plagiarhythm, mashups, what have you–has been […]

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The Lam of Hal Hamburger

Hal Hamburger is gone! I can’t believe it. Putty, she’s gone too–Hal Hamburger’s girlfriend–my cousin, you know. It’s through her that I met Hal Hamburger (what a guy!). Of course, I knew of Hal Hamburger way before I met him. Everyone in town knows about Hal Hamburger. We’re like brothers, Hal and me! So where […]

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Leisure Activities

You know what’s super fun to do when you’re bored? Take a pregnancy test! Especially when you’ve had unprotected sex (admit it–condoms suck) and your period’s one week late, even though it never comes on time anyway and when it does it lasts ten fucking days. So wait and wait and hope and wait, and […]

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McDono’s

“I want McDono’s!” Tyesha yells from the backseat, her high voice almost a shriek. “Me too!” Travelle says, balling his little hands into tiny fists and smashing them into his thighs. I glare at them in the rearview mirror, worn out from having been at the mall all day with a nine-year-old girl who thinks […]

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The Other World

Algerian filmmaker Merzak Allouache, whose 1993 feature Bab El-Oued City forced him into exile in France, returned to his native land for this superior 2001 thriller about a freethinking Algerian woman in Paris (Marie Brahimi) who journeys to war-torn Algiers in search of her missing lover. Cloaking her motives as well as her head, she […]

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H.M.S. Pinafore

Both condemning and confirming class snobbery, Gilbert and Sullivan’s 1878 smash hit fuses Romeo and Juliet with Punch to produce a topsy-turvy romp. Rudy Hogenmiller’s respectful revival for Light Opera Works aims at nothing more than fidelity to Gilbert’s wit and Sullivan’s joy. No one on this busy stage confuses looking funny with being amusing; […]

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John Repp

In John Repp’s second full-length collection, The Fertile Crescent, the past rear-ends the present, leaving the poet to sift the wreckage for whatever meaning he can find. It’s work he doesn’t relish. “I’m sick / of points,” he says in one place, and in another, “I don’t want to be in this poem. I want […]

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The Seventh Victim

Though not directed by an auteurist-approved figure (Mark Robson has never attracted any cult to my knowledge), this is the greatest of producer Val Lewton’s justly celebrated low-budget chillers–a beautifully wrought story about the discovery of devil worshippers in Greenwich Village that fully lives up to the morbid John Donne quote framing the action. Intricately […]

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Andy Bey

Every year when I fill out Down Beat magazine’s critics poll ballot, I have a hard time coming up with three nominations for the best male vocalist category: Andy Bey is blessed with such flawless intonation, breath control, and artistry that all other competitors seem unworthy, and on each recording since his 1996 comeback album, […]