Crack popped up in Miami and Los Angeles in the 1970s. The Drug Enforcement Agency didn't pay it much mind then. It was nothing more than a different version of cocaine, the agency figured. Crack arrived in New York City in the early 1980s before most of the public had heard anything about it. And a ... More >>
A lot's been said over the last couple of days about Lou Reed, his body of work, the city he embodied. What hasn't been written about all that much is the strange side streets Lou sometimes took during his career. Let's visit a few of those. See also: The Voice's 1967 Review of Velvet Underground' ... More >>
The kid was reportedly "shaking, growling, and foaming at the mouth." That led to him smashing his head against the ground. Two hours later, he was dead. No, it's not a scene from American Horror Story. It was a real-life occurrence in Grand Forks, North Dakota--and if you love irony, the drug t ... More >>
Oprah Winfrey just sent out this glimpse of herself with director Lee Daniels, who's doing a film called The Butler, about the title character's years of service to a succession of Presidents. Oh, and there are two other people in the picture. They're Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda, who happen to be ... More >>
On her renaissance, on laughing, and on men
There's been a lot of talk -- mainly right here -- about whether Barbra Streisand is the right choice to play the feisty Mama Rose in the new movie version of the classic musical Gypsy. Well, I just heard from Steven Brinberg, who for years has done a letter-perfect Babs homage called Simply Barbra ... More >>
Move over, Addams Family. The most intriguingly dysfunctional clan in town is now the one in Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities, in which a tell-all book manuscript surfacing at Christmastime puts the hell back in holidays.
When we heard the news that Betty Ford (the accidental First Lady married to the accidental 38th President of the United States) had died, we immediately thought of how George Carlin spoke of her in his last stand up special, It's Bad for Ya! In the above segment, Carlin brings up Mrs. Ford in a r ... More >>
Not only is today George W. Bush's 65th birthday, and Nancy Reagan's 90th, and the birthday of that girl we went to high school with who dated that one guy before we did (#grudges), it's also National (or International, depending on who you make out with) Kissing Day. This is important, becau ... More >>
It was popular, for a while, to talk about African-Americans born after the civil rights movement as "the hip-hop generation," which implied that the swath of people being discussed was tied together more by a shared culture than by a shared political purpose. But it was hard not to notice th ... More >>
One of Nancy Reagan's Secret Servicemen was hospitalized Friday after accidentally shooting himself in the hip. The AP reports that the agent, whose name was not released (because it's a secret, duh), was holstering his firearm at a gun range in Camarillo, California when it went off.
Jon Robin Baitz heads to Palm Springs for his new play
Gotham gossip loses grip, fights off rabble. Rattled tattletales tell all.
The brand plays on at the Brooklyn Museum
Last week Judge Vaughn Walker's decision setting aside Prop 8 in California unleashed plenty of grumbling from rightbloggers. As it involves gay people, this was to be expected. There was also rightblogger outrage, also expected, that Michelle Obama and her daughters had a swell, privately-funded v ... More >>
Let's go back in time to the hit sit-com Diff'rent Strokes and try to realize that whatever was being stroked off camera wasn't all that different. In his new memoir, Todd Bridges (a/k/a "Willis") remembers feeling something under the covers at the special school the stars were attending, an ... More >>
Great song, wacky Too Short verse ("Jesse Jackson... bitch!"), cute kids, etc. etc., but sweet Jesus George Clinton is mesmerizing. Can you even imagine what living in that guy's head must be like? Dude makes Lil Wayne look like Nancy Reagan.
Via PlazatooMy worst fear came true the other day when I took a friend out for lunch on her birthday. After we ordered, I handed her several gifts, including a sleeping mask that said "Fuck" on it. I thought she'd get a laugh out of it, and I was so very right. In fact, she SCREAMED with la ... More >>
Your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. Tackle, Block, StopAuthor: Charlotte Graeber and Joe BoddyPublisher: Thomas Nelson PublishersDate: 1985Discov ... More >>
Last week, TV starlet Hayden Panettiere showed up with poor, downtrodden single mother Bristol Palin to help promote the illogical premise that teens shouldn't have sex and everything will be fine. This campaign is not only hypocritical ("Do as I say, not as I do"), but it's downright useless and it ... More >>
Remember when First Lady Nancy Reagan was revealed to be a chronic regifter who once even gave one of her young relatives a toy that was already his? Well, maybe that went a little too far. You should never wrap up and give someone something they already either gave you or simply left at your house. ... More >>
When the end came, rightbloggers were at first torn as to its meaning. One quick take was that Obama had no mandate because the conservative cause was so repulsive to voters that he really should have won by much more. Others thought the American people just didn't know, despite tireless rightblog ... More >>
In his first, brief meeting with the press, a low-key President-elect proceeded with extreme caution, responding very generally to some questions and evading others. We still don't know what kind of dog he's getting the kids. The most substantive bits were a strong stand on Iran, an indication that ... More >>
Obama's first press conference is already a hit with rightbloggers! "Obama uses his first press conference to make fun of an elderly widow," says Liberty Lounge, referring to Obama's mild joke about Nancy Reagan today. "Say what you will about President George W. Bush," dudgeons NewsBusters, "but I ... More >>
A gay escort finds himself at the center of a classic D.C. scandal in the semi-successful The Walker
Candidate whisperer: The ex-bartender who's got the ear of the GOP's top contender
Boston postpunk legends return for more guttural howls and first-lady jokes.
Confused teens, confused thirtysomethings, and old jazz guys enjoying their dotage
In which the new music editor emerges from hiding to get clocked in the head
Assessing the new AIDS scare
Mythmaking at the Republican convention and getting punk'd on Kudlow and Cramer
The other sides of the party and its issues—including Africa and the plight of a dead GOP president
Nearing high noon, Cheney takes his tough-guy shtick to the hustings
Days of mourning, days of campaigning
Uncle Sam's Medical Pot Project Is Light on Research, Heavy on Compassion
Can Window Dressing Turn Into a Window?
Feds to Teens: Just Say No, Dude
The future looks blight
An oral history