Last night I finally got to watch the first episode of Silicon Valley and I was struck by how the show actually gets that Silicon Valley is not just uncool, it is also deluded and dangerous and kind of hilarious.
Do you ever wish you had known your parents as children?
Through Being Cool
Alicia Camden can't overcome her obsession with becoming cool.
The Existential Terror of Route 1
A trip up the California coast becomes a trip through everything that makes Nate Waggoner panic.
Let’s Take Another Look at Jeff Goldblum in “The Fly”
Some thoughts on Goldblum's performance style and the very '80's metaphor of "The Fly."
A Way to Avoid the Harshness: Cool Link Roundup, 4/14/14
This week: Tom Lehrer, Outkast, Ted Leo and Aimee Mann, Batman, drag.
On Bucket Lists
How did we get so privileged as to worry about what we need to do before we die? And why are so many lists so banal and shallow?
Be a Tusk Writer!
Are you a genius who loves and hates and feels ambivalent about things and wants to share those feelings with the world? We want you!
Game of Thrones and the Old Recasting Gambit
The big reveal on Episode One was the recasting of Daario Neharis. What, if any, will the residual impact be on Game of Thrones?
We’d like to draw your attention to some links regarding Weezer, Archie Bunker, getting laid and its opposite (learning the history of an old text-adventure computer game.)
Tom Batten contemplates the difficulty of writing about happiness.
What started as something entertaining and potentially useful opened up my world to a different culture and different people.
Everybody was eligible for Buffett’s Billion, and that meant one thing, everybody lost.
They can’t all be home runs. Also, sometimes you don’t even make it to the field.
Lauren Maas gets nostalgic for her time in Qatar when she listens to new Top 40 music, because it is the music of the expatriate and a genre that sounds like the Internet.