A trademark of a well-written novel is a complex, engaging central character. It's the author's most important and difficult job to create someone readers will be interested in and have strong feelings about. Same thing with a captivating movie. Did you see Silver Linings Playbook? That was a gre ... More >>
Sometimes it's hard for Americans to believe, but there is, in fact, a whole world outside of the United States. No, I'm not just talking about Alaska and Hawaii. There are whole other countries out there and not just ones that are either a) our cute friends (England, Japan) or b) our bitter enemies ... More >>
On this day in 1847, legendary American songwriter Stephen Foster debuted the song "Oh! Susanna" to a crowd at the Andrews' Eagle Ice Cream Saloon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. "Who gives a tin Enchirito about something we sang in grade school?" you're shouting because you're a weird shouty person wi ... More >>
Rewind: So Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne Are Engaged: How Should You Feel? Boy, that Avril Lavigne/Chad Kroeger engagement announcement came out of left field, huh? Who knows which other terrible music makers are secretly seeing one another right now? Why, it could be anyone! Even... Ke$ha and Sc ... More >>
Somehow it's hard to believe that Dick Clark was only 82 years old when he died after suffering a "massive heart attack" Wednesday morning in Santa Monica, Calif. (Since I managed to survive one myself, I've noticed that anytime someone dies of a heart attack, it's always "massive."). Despite his yo ... More >>
For many of us Generation X and Y-ers, much of our adolescence can be directly linked back to '80s cinema. Thanks to writers and directors like John Hughes, '80s teen movies were accurate depictions of suburban (non) happenings. Furthermore, the '80s were a special time in film history thanks ... More >>
"The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to the place where he arose..." So reads the prologue to Ernest Hemingway's 1926 treatise on the horrors of existential dread. In the book, Jake Barnes and a band of entirely unlikeable expat misfits flit around the globe, from Paris to P ... More >>
Ever want to alarm a therapist? Say the glass is neither half-empty nor half-full but is, in fact, "too small". We were prescribed some good shit for that one. Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where it took us five days to figure out that the person sitting in Robb ... More >>
Six of the year's best multi-disc sets (and one of the worst)
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DJ Mike Snow finds that '80s nights are the Cure for Loverboys and Talking Heads looking for a not so Quiet Riot
Horny Irish men wait for mail-order brides in The Closer You Get. And wait. And wait.
A rash of new compilations makes a case for the Me Decade's place in rock history