Bet You Don’t Know Why I’m a Secret Juggalo

“Neither I nor the world understood the depth of ICP’s mythical allegory in the year 2000. I only knew the attraction I felt toward the rap duo from Detroit had blossomed like a long-dormant case of shingles.” Missy Wilkinson on her secret life in and out of the Dark Carnival.

Bet You Don’t Know Harvey Danger

“I honestly think Sean Nelson is among the best lyricists of our time. He talks of disaffection and irony without being insincere; he manages to be literary without being an ass. Both of those things are nearly impossible.” Katie Darby Mullins doesn’t understand why you don’t love Harvey Danger.

Bet You Don’t Know Masters of Atlantis

“Masters of Atlantis is a kind of masterpiece. With a plot just complicated enough to maintain pace, and a deadpan delivery sure to make you laugh, Charles Portis might just be the best writer that you’ve never read.” So claims Damon Elliott Jordon.

September 6, 2013
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Bet You Don’t Know: The Wanderers

“The Wanderers is one of those rare gems, a movie superior to the book it is based on.” Robert Morse is in the know–and now you are, too.

June 30, 2013
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Bet You Don’t Know Richard Desire

“Have you heard of Richard Desire? No? Don’t think about it too hard. It’s unlikely that you’d forget a name so unique (pronounced Des-er-RAY) and once you’ve heard his music, he’s difficult to shake.” Jacqueline White has the scoop.

March 7, 2013
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Subversive Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

“Let us not pretend that the music in vogue today did not once offend the sophisticated ears of the previous generation.” And with that, let Douglas MacCutcheon introduce you to subversive electronic dance music (EDM).

January 14, 2013
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Freedy Johnston’s “Western Sky”

“But the real gem, the center stone of Never Home, is ‘Western Sky.’ It’s ‘Wichita Lineman’ for a new generation.” Ken Honeywell on a song you probably don’t know–but should.

September 17, 2012
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Bet You Don’t Know George Ade

“Ade is largely forgotten now—certainly by football fans—but he was an innovator who held a mirror up to American social climbers, first-generation college boys, and love-struck maidens with a genial humor that hasn’t aged more than a century later.” Con Chapman revives a Hoosier legend.

August 12, 2012
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Bet You Don’t Know John Crowley’s Engine Summer

“It is at this point that Engine Summer also becomes the best cat novel you’ve ever read. If you’ve ever imagined what it might actually be like to be a cat, Engine Summer is the novel for you.” Ken Honeywell is pretty sure you’ve never heard of his favorite novel.

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