Motes and Beams.

(cross-posted from slb’s blog)

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? — Matthew 7:3

Last night, a woman cradled her abdomen and revealed the life growing there, as vibrant and as certain as the crimson of her [...]

Community: Season 1, Ep. 5 and Ep. 6 – ‘Advanced Criminal Law’ and ‘Football, Feminism and You.’

In both of these episodes, the show is still largely making fun of Greendale and, through it, it’s own central conceit. “What happens when a whacky bunch of kids gets together at a rundown community college . . .?” Later on, Community will start to take on television and movies more broadly, but in the [...]

Random Midday Hotness: ‘Stoops Parks & Rooftops.’

Hey Fam.

Earthquakes, breezy-for-August nights, and a rainy day in DC is more than enough to make me yearn for my borough of Brooklyn. Since I can’t uproot myself from DC just yet, I guess music will have to suffice, so I thought I’d break you off too.

This ain’t new, but it ain’t [...]

What If …

… Michael Vick was white?

Well, if we have to provide an answer, I suppose he’d look like Brian Austin Green and play like a slightly less effective but more dynamic blend of Steve Young and Fran Tarkenton.

But that’s not really the question worth asking. What I really want to know is what [...]


I know this song has been everywhere, but damn if I don’t love Adele:

The foreclosure crisis in Prince George’s County, a wealthy suburb of DC.

Welfare reform turns 15.

The gospel of healthy eating in the Mississippi delta.


Pour out a lil’ something for Nick Ashford, one half of the prolific Motown songwriting duo and pop group Ashford & Simpson.

For those who know Ashford & Simpson mostly for their ’80s hit “Solid As A Rock,” Jay Smooth dug up 12 other classic songs that they wrote over the course of their nearly [...]

Your Tuesday Random-Ass Roundup: Shook Ones.

Share with us your tales of carnage:

1. In more serious news, the Libyan civil war isn’t nearly over yet. And even with Muammar al-Qaddafi close to be removed from power, Kurt Volker at Foreign Policy cautions against chalking this up as a victory for NATO. And The Guardian has a list of the chaotic [...]

Satan Worshippers.

The West Memphis Three — three young men convicted of murdering and mutilating three boys in West Memphis, Arkansas, in 1993 — were released today after they struck a deal with a judge that allowed them to maintain their innocence. The case came on the national radar after a couple of documentaries questioned their [...]