Tag Archives: 90s

“I’m King of the Mall” or: Confessions of a Teenage Mall Rat

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Sometime in my later teenage years, my elderly father told me that he enjoyed sitting on the benches in the mall and just watching young people be young. He appreciated our energy and liked sitting and letting it wash over him. I understood this more than he figured I did. I enjoyed going there largely […]

Rest well, Matt Robinson. Thanks for everything.

The Taxis: Leon Samson, Michael O'Connor, Joe Brien, Brian Crosby, Matt Robinson

The Taxis: Josh Malia, Michael O’Connor, Joe Brien, Brian Crosby, Matt Robinson I read in the Portland Press Herald this morning that Matthew Robinson died unexpectedly last Sunday. It sounds like Robinson started a successful painting company over the past decade and that those who knew him personally and professionally have nothing but love and […]

Sarah Marshall on Tonya Harding, Laura Palmer, and the relative value of female victimhood

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Sarah Marshall is “interested in where we draw the line between tragedy and comedy in spectacles of crime.” This month her meditation on the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan affair, which kicked off with “the whack heard around the world,” was published in The Believer. In her piece, Marshall questions our collective public memory of […]

I was interviewed again on Lounging with Lanna Lee

Back in early 2012, I was on the first episode of Lanna Lee Maheux’s great podcast Lounging with Lanna Lee. Lanna has since published a podcast per week for the past 80 weeks and this week I was fortunate to be a guest on her show once again. I particularly enjoy being a guest on […]

Casey McCurry on Sunset Hearts, digital music and more

Casey McCurry is as smart and sensitive as he is talented, and I have always liked him a great deal. That his band, Sunset Hearts, is one of my favorite local bands doesn’t hurt this perception. He also appeared in the Westbrook episode of Food Coma TV, the web series I produced last year.¬† Sunset […]

Donna Martin Graduates: The Nineteen Nineties, tangentially

WARNING: Some of the language / links below are not safe for work, younger folks, or sensitive people. None of it is really that bad but if I don’t point this out, some people get emotional and write thousand-word emails to my bosses. NOTE: Lines separated by a slash or a word that is not […]