The All-Time Film Awards: Overture

Four years ago, I set myself a rather vaguely defined project; to create a single set of film awards that would encompass the entirety of cinematic history. I didn’t make that much progress on it, in part because I had no real framework to give focus to my enthusiasm. After a couple of early posts…

Post Honey Bunches of Oats Maple Bacon Donut Review

After the pleasant if almost disappointingly palatable experience I had with Post’s Chicken & Waffles cereal, I figured it was time to give its sibling, Maple Bacon Donut, a chance. I bought them both simultaneously for that very reason. A donut-styled cereal seems at least within the realm of logic, no?

The Films of 2018 in Brief: Part III

Again, apologies for this coming so late. I wanted to wait until I’d seen Never Look Away, but after I had, other considerations kept getting in the way. No matter: this is the final clearing of the books for 2018, and if/when I see other 2018 films henceforth, my thoughts will be added to this post….

Elegy for the Tivoli

Today, for the first time since 1983 – six years before I was even born – the sun rises on a Tivoli-less Kansas City. For nine years, that little three-screen art-house was my favorite movie theater in the world, cozily nestled in the Manor Square building in the now-rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of Westport . For nine years,…

5 Years of Soda Reviews

On April 9, 2014, I published my first soda review, of Empire Spruce Beer, a dreadful drink (“like a f***ing air freshener”), an auspicious beginning to a journey which, I hope, is far from over. As of today, I’ve published 95 soda reviews, and some of them are among the most popular posts I’ve ever…

Post Honey Bunches of Oats Chicken & Waffles Review

You know the feeling. You’re at the store, poking around, when something catches your eye. And you might think, “Was that what I thought it was? Or was I mistaken? And if I wasn’t…is it a joke?” That’s how I felt when, at Walmart, I saw a display of two brand new, “Limited Edition” cereals,…

THE NEW PERSPECTIVE Review

The unexamined life is not worth living, as the saying goes. Does it follow that the unexamined marriage is not worth preserving? These are two of the questions posed in K. Arnold Price’s brilliant, heartbreakingly obscure novel, a brief, dense, incredibly moving portrait of the silent crises facing a woman who finds herself, in the…

Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats Fruit Medley Review

I couldn’t pinpoint the moment when I decided to start doing cereal reviews for my blog, but given my lifelong fondness for cereal and my regular consumption of it, it seemed like a logical step to take. Going forward I’ll purchase cereal with more of an eye towards what will make for an interesting review,…

Shinola Cola Review

I knew the Shinola name long before I discovered just what the modern Shinola company was—a luxury goods brand which uses the name of the shoe polish brand (which gave us the phrase “you don’t know shit from Shinola”), but focuses on making watches, bicycles, journals, and a great deal else—including this cola, which I…

THE STEAM PIG Review

In apartheid-era South Africa, two dead women are brought to the same mortuary: one an elderly, homeless alcoholic, the other a young music teacher with a bad heart. One is marked for prompt cremation and the body of the former is duly sent into the furnace—but it was supposed to be the latter. And this…