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UR Here: Visiting Ober

I visited the grave of Ernest Oberholtzer today last month. I was invited to read from my new book of essays Under a Midland Sky (ok, that’s a plug) at the Unitarian Church in Davenport. This was a wonderful occasion to find the resting place of one of my heroes, especially given that Davenport’s Unitarian […]

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The Creepy and the Kooky

Although I really wanted to highlight this website for my Friday intarweb fidz selection, I thought I should celebrate my favorite heathen holiday with a video tribute to the more fright-loving side of the imagination. Whether you like the bejeebus scared out of you or get off on frightening other people (please no ski masks!), […]

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Iowa City Weekender – October 31-November 2

Ok, this will be news to all of you: It’s Halloween. I know! Where would you be without the Weekender for such important breaking news? Well, that’s why we’re here for you. It is Halloween, and if trick or treating isnt on your agenda, a costume party probably is. Wherever you go, lets see who […]

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McCain, Palin, Socialism

Lately McCain and Palin have been hammering Obama for having “socialist ideas.”  Now of course, they don’t actually care whether Obama really advocates Socialism or Capitalism or Communism. They are just using words with negative connotations to describe their opponent, as though they were magical spells. They count on their constituency being ignorant, and not […]

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Face Music

If you’ve already guessed what social networking site I visit most often, then you’ve probably seen this already…and you likely agree that this is still pretty damn cool. […]

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Fight! Fight! Fight!

I’ve had a fascination with best fight scene and best chase scene after the Great Huggies Chase from Raising Arizona and the fencing between equals of The Princess Bride (my bias possibly being influenced by the Under-29 Female Effect). But what about the worst? Ridicule is an equally fun form of entertainment, after all. And […]

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Iowa City Weekender – October 24-26

The weekend schedules are filling up again. In no small part because a number of CR based arts orgs are back from the flood. Likewise, Parkview Terrace, where I’ve owned an unoccupied house for six months is filling up again. My house is almost done and I’m getting ready to move this weekend. IT feels […]

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KRUI@CMJ – Late Thursday update

Oct 23, 2008, 8:09pm Our friends at KRUI caught a hot show last night with Lykke Li. I’ve never heard Lykke Li, or at least I’d never heard of them until I stopped by their MySpace page and found the song Little Bit. Where had I heard that? Turns out its been used in a […]

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Righteous Kill Movie Review

Righteous Kill Drama, 101 min Directed by Jon Avnet The buddy cop film has been a staple of the American cinema since at least the 1970’s, and it’s been tooled for everything from suspense to comedy to straight action, but rarely has it actually been about friendship. That makes Righteous Kill, the new cop drama […]

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Iowa City Weekender – October 17-19

I nearly forgot it was fall thanks to the weather we’ve been having lately. But, this week reminded me that winter’s on the way. So, take a last gasp of the cool fall air and do something outside. Friday, October 17 Iowa City Barn Dance | Scattergood Friends School, West Branch | 8pm | $5 […]

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Ghost Hunters

There are no proton packs. No positron colliders. No Ecto-Containment unit. Turns out, the world of ghost hunting, like most everything else, is a lot less sexy than the movies would make it. “A lot of people think it’s just like TV,” says Vicki Stinson. “But, there are all of these reports and standard operating […]

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Iowa City Weekender – October 9-11

When it rains it pours. As in the commitments I’ve had in the last two weeks. Other than a trip to see Kathy Griffin (hilarious) I’ve been in a cocoon. Thus, the weekender had to take a two-week hiatus. But, we’re back, and hopefully, we’ll never leave you in the lurch ever again. Let’s get […]

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