It's Saturday, October 20th. Like most days that follow Friday, you plan to spend this one gathering up all of your sweets in the house and plopping down in front of the computer for a half day of TV, courtesy of the UK-based website TV Links. Complacent and happy, you press the necessary keys that would normally take you to the free goodness.
Game 5 of the ALCS was about an hour from start-time when Nick Hornby took the stage at the Devotion School in Brookline last night. The first question from the floor concerned, not surprisingly, Hornby's take on the current Red Sox series -- given that Hornby's Fever Pitch, a book about English soccer fanatics, had been magically turned into a Farrelly Bros film about Red Sox obsessives, which in turn was famously forced to undergo several last-second rewrites as the real-life Sox miraculously won their first World Series in 81 years.
James Parker talks to FNX about pure sport and his piece "A hello to arms: In a New Hampshire tourney, our reporter takes arm wrestling down to its basics: power, triceps, and Kahlua beach balls."
MP3: James Parker's brawny interview with FNX
Kate Harding — “a Chicago-based writer, editor, crazy dog person, humorless feminist, aspiring yoga teacher, recovering grad student, and blonde,” according to her blog — has ingeniously skewered the standards imposed by the Body Mass Index (BMI). What she has done is to post to Flickr a slideshow showcasing women (well mostly, anyway, there's a few men as well as a cat up there) of all sizes.
It takes a lot of work to make Boston a place that hits above its weight-class in smartypants culture, but the Harvard Film Archive could soldier on singlehandedly if it had to. Monday was no exception when the HFA brought us “An Evening with Arnaud Desplechin.” Desplechin is one of the most important French filmmakers working today — a point that was made right off the bat by the evening's host, Jean-Michel Frodon, the managing editor of Cahiers du Cinema?xml:namespace>
Friend: ... are you for real? you’re really going to a UFO convention?
Friend: you’re going willingly?
Friend: with people?
It’s been a secret dream of mine to attend a UFO event. I have long been intrigued by the paranormal.
DJ Lonewolf aka Kevin Driscoll invited us to document the making of the MIT comparitive media studies dept's attempt to create the most-populated video of folks doing the Soulja Boy dance on the internet. Read Caitlin Curran's account, watch the making-of video above, and check out some of the results.
Start putting out heartland-ish rock and you're bound to attract an audience partially made up of drunken brodudes. That’s the lesson to take from former D Generation frontman-turned-roots-rocker Jesse Malin’s show last night at TT’s, during which it was hard to tell if the group in the center of the room yelling out over a few of the singer's acoustic numbers and his occasionally verbose song introductions were disciples or haters.
I first heard about the idea of “leaf peeping,” I thought it was a joke. It was
in an episode of Family Guy, as I recall, and as I had never spent an
autumn in New England, I could only assume that the “hoards” of tourists who
descend like Hellfire on the Northeast “to watch the leaves change color” was
some kind of hyperbolic mockery of people with a severely bastardized concept
of both nature and vacations…