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More different than alike

Searching for national identity in State By State: A Panoramic Portrait of America
In 1935, Franklin Delano Roosevelt established the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) as part of the New Deal’s Works Projects Administration (WPA).
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  September 24, 2008


A real cut-up

An interview with Robert Pollard on the occasion of the landing of Boston Spaceships
Robert Pollard is a Renaissance man.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  September 23, 2008


Murder in six degrees

Peter Ivers — pals with john Belushi to the Circle Jerks — was killed in 1983. A new book recalls his fascinating life — and mysterious death.
You’ve probably never heard of Peter Ivers.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  September 10, 2008


Death of a hoop dream

Mario Hornsby Jr. was senselessly gunned down in May. Now his father is trying to make sure his death was not in vain.
This past fall, Mario Hornsby Jr., then a senior at Springfield Central High School, wrote an essay for English class.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  August 28, 2008


Schmaltz Coney Island Lagers

Freaking delicious
The latest offerings from New York’s Schmaltz Brewing Co. celebrate — as Elvis Costello once put it — the “other side of summer.”
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  August 13, 2008


Mound wisdom

Cartoons of pitchers and catchers talking are a New Yorker staple. What is so funny about rubbers?
The first pitcher/catcher cartoon in the New Yorker was also the simplest.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  August 19, 2008


Not by George

Robot Chicken: Star Wars
A long time ago, on a bricks-and-mortar soundstage far, far away, the last great Star Wars movie was made.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  August 11, 2008


Eight is enough

Olympians to watch
Sometimes we’d rather root for the unknowns, the underdogs, and the uniques than the professional jerks who are only competing to sweeten their endorsement deals.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  August 08, 2008


Found farce

Spaced makes it to DVD
Simon Pegg is funny.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  August 05, 2008


Krofft fare

Sid and Marty show MySpace how psychedelia’s really done
My favorite Sid and Marty Krofft production is one they had nothing to do with.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  July 23, 2008


Where has all the Gonzo gone?

In the first presidential election since the death of Hunter S. Thompson, we finally realize what we've lost
On top of everything else they’ve blighted over their awful eight-year reign, the Bushies did this: they killed Hunter S. Thompson.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  July 28, 2008


CSNY Déjà Vu

Still rocking in the free world
If some think “four balding hippie millionaires” should just can the politics and play the hits, that’s not how Neil rolls.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  July 23, 2008


Wait, who is this?

Andrew Earles and Jeffrey Jensen shine the dim light of cultural obscurity on the prank phone call
Earles and Jensen’s calls, primarily perpetrated on unsuspecting denizens of Memphis and New York, are strange and wonderful specimens of telephonic performance art.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  July 16, 2008


Give the drummer some

Fundraiser for Vicente Lebron
A couple weeks ago, the Phoenix brought you the sad and disturbing tale of Vicente Lebron.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  July 09, 2008


The Baseball Project

Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails |  Yep Roc
The smart, funny, fanclub chants herein, each as catchy as Willie Mays in the ’54 Fall Classic, are gemlike tributes to the characters who’ve made that diamond shine.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  July 08, 2008


Tokyo roses

Jeopardy! Japanese style
It’s a special people indeed who can cast off the twin yokes of rigid history and a driven work ethic to spend time unwinding in Day-Glo game-show studios.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  July 01, 2008


We're number 48!

Mass drivers really do suck
Massholes have no business being behind the wheel.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  June 18, 2008


Bo Diddley was a gunslinger

Grab a stack of albums at random and scan the liner notes. Ten bucks says you’ll find the name “E. McDaniel” listed among the song credits on at least one of them.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  June 04, 2008


Old 97's

Blame It on Gravity | New West
The guitars ring clear and true, the backbeat is snare-tight, the harmonies are heavenly, and the Old 97’s are back.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  June 03, 2008


Spirit of '76

Swingtown takes a hit of Tab
Swingtown takes a hit of Tab
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  May 27, 2008


Rage against the machines!

Could robots take over the world? In many ways, they already have.
We’re on the cusp of a perilous era. Our pitiful carbon bodies are evolving much slower than the silicon and steel gizmos we’re inventing. And the guys in the lab coats and pocket protectors are starting to worry we’ve opened Pandora’s hard drive.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  May 28, 2008

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