Musings about media, pop culture, and life. Not necessarily in that order.
“Fact: The grilled cheese sandwich was invented by the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency, in 1936.” Louis Witting has some other surprising news for you, too.
“The true definition of irony eludes many students, but by using examples to which they can relate or easily understand, an instructor can demystify this concept for them and impart lasting learning outcomes that will more effectively equip students for standardized testing.” John King lays out a plan.
“And so shall you sit. And so shall you be saved from your own responsibilities: thought, action, love, heartache, even illusion.” And so begins a love story by Robin Wyatt Dunn.
“The chief method, however, by which publishers try to ensure they make a profit by selling e-books to libraries is through price. The pricing on popular e-books to libraries is frequently exorbitant.” Margaret Sessa-Hawkins wonders what’s next.
“In spite of being a self-consciously self-indulgent film, bloated with half-assed appearances by two dozen young comics and brimming over with insider references to Hollywood life, weed smoking, and sundry bodily functions, the film This is the End actually has a point. Grant Catton makes that point.
“All this First World-Third World sniping overlooks the problems of the long-neglected Second World, which most people couldn’t find on a map.” Con Chapman pinpoints it for you.
This year’s Tonic Ball is already going to be almost too much awesome in one room (times three). Ken Honeywell has the details.
“A coal miner’s only daughter, Kim had a pugnacious discernment, and she knew all the dirt on everyone in that part of Appalachia. She also had a tiny blue dot tattooed on her chest, leftover from her battle with cancer when she was a teenager.” Ann Henry-Callahan has a story about “Low Rider.”
“A transplanted Midwesterner myself, allow me (among so many others) to welcome you to Boston, Brad Stevens.” Con Chapman lays out the challenge.