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2014 Stories by Rob Staeger

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  • PAINTING IN THE ROUND

    published September 10, 2014

    Paul Klee once quipped, “A drawing is simply a line going for a walk.” Today offers a rare opportunity to join that line as it... More >>

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    No No Shows How Dock Ellis Pitched a No-Hitter Tripping Balls

    published September 3, 2014

    "That ball turned into a silver bullet, his arm into a gun." That's how singer Todd Snider romanticized Dock Ellis's 1970 feat of... More >>

  • TASTE BREAKER

    published September 3, 2014

    Considering Divine’s unpleasant dietary habits in Pink Flamingos, you might want to give the concession stand a wide berth before settling... More >>

  • WHAT’S YOUR POISON?

    published August 27, 2014

    When asked to play the Princess Bride Drinking Game, one immediately starts guessing (and second- and third-guessing) which goblet has been... More >>

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    The Possession of Michael King Is Smarter Than Most Exorcism Movies

    published August 20, 2014

    Eddie Murphy famously asked, "Why don't white people leave the house when there's a ghost?" It's a testament to director David Jung's smart... More >>

  • UNSCRIPTED

    published August 20, 2014

    The success of the World Cup this summer in the traditionally fútbol-indifferent U.S. shows that while we may not love soccer quite yet, we... More >>

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    Dinosaur 13 Digs Up the Controversy around "Sue"

    published August 13, 2014

    Paleontologists are part discoverers, part detectives. After the digging, the more difficult work lies in extrapolating meaning from the... More >>

  • WANNA BE

    published August 13, 2014

    Desperately seeking somewhere to party tonight? Express yourself at Madonnathon, Cathyland’s 11th annual tribute to the Material Girl. Dress... More >>

  • TO THE BAT-CAKE!

    published August 6, 2014

    Seventy-five years ago, a cloaked figure swung over rooftops on the cover of Detective Comics #27. It was our first view of Batman, and... More >>

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    Makeup Effects are the Real Star in the Gory Cabin Fever: Patient Zero

    published July 30, 2014

    For peek-between-the-fingers moments, it's hard to top a sex scene lubricated by the revolting promise of a flesh — eating virus.... More >>

  • SAY MY NAME

    published July 30, 2014

    If you say “Beetlejuice” three times, the 1988 comedy appears at the top of your Netflix queue. But why do that when you can see it... More >>

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    Come Back to Me Is a Tired Stab at Psychological Horror

    published July 23, 2014

    Psycho has a lot to answer for: Half a century later, lazy filmmakers are still using "mommy issues" as the paper-thin motivation for... More >>

  • THE CONE WARS

    published July 23, 2014

    To everything (churn, churn, churn) there is a season (churn, churn, churn). And right now, while it’s hot enough to melt Citibike tires,... More >>

  • BARREL ROLLOUT

    published July 23, 2014

    We don’t get much out of barrels anymore: pickles and monkeys, mostly. But Anya Ulinich’s new graphic novel, Lena Finkle’s Magic... More >>

  • ALOHA, HEY!

    published July 16, 2014

    The hula was developed to tell stories, conveying all the details with hand motions. Think of the tales awaiting tonight at Hula Rock, as Rebel... More >>

  • FRESH HELLS

    published July 16, 2014

    Supernatural troubles got you down? Bergen Street Comics can introduce you to some prospective role models tonight at a dual graphic novel release... More >>

  • BOARD TO DEATH

    published July 9, 2014

    Over the years, polo, cricket, and tug-of-war have all been booted from the Olympic docket, while rugby and kite-surfing are on deck for Rio. But... More >>

  • IMPROVI-NATION

    published July 2, 2014

    The principle behind improv can be summed up as “Yes, and....” If a performer indicates she’s a mermaid, a mad scientist, or a... More >>

  • PATRIOT ACTS

    published July 2, 2014

    America, America, they shed their clothes for thee Puritans be damned: It doesn’t take Nathaniel Hawthorne to know that libido is as... More >>

  • JAMBALAYA JAM

    published June 25, 2014

    One suspects Mardi Gras never made it big up here because it’s simply too cold in February to expose your face, let alone anything more... More >>

  • ALL HAIL THE GLITTER CLOUD

    published June 25, 2014

    Good evening, Night Vale. Station Management has requested, via unintelligible howling and finally a memo slipped under the sound booth door, that... More >>

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    King Kirby Brings Comics' Unsung Hero to the Stage

    published June 18, 2014

    Survey the pop-culture universe, and it's clear that a significant chunk of it originated in the mind of comic-book artist Jack Kirby. Not... More >>

  • CELLULOID SHIVERS

    published June 18, 2014

    With Halloween now the province of “sexy” Pikachus and other tarted-up cartoon characters, why shouldn’t the traditional... More >>

  • CLASSIC COMIX

    published June 11, 2014

    It’s the age of mash-ups: Characters from Frozen dance to “Thriller” on YouTube, and grafting Star Wars onto Dr. Who has become... More >>

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    Rigor Mortis Attempts to Breathe Grim Life Into Horror Genre

    published June 4, 2014

    Horror genres tend to get sillier over time as we get more comfortable with our fears. Frankenstein eventually meets Abbot and Costello.... More >>

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