New Shots in Kurt Cobain Ca...

Kurt Cobain
There’s a fine line between the truth and a good story when it comes to celebrities. And when it comes to the death of a celebrity like Kurt Cobain, there is a fine line between the findings of the police investigation that ruled his demise a suicide and the conspiracy theories that insist the singer was the…

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Witchboard!

Witchboard
Even as the internet and digital technology drag us inexorably into a faster-moving future, the wake of virtual living stirs up artifacts from the past, recontextualizing them in the frantic now. One of the best places to find the newly-turned-over flotsam and jetsam of yesteryear is on YouTube where you can watch…

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Stoned Science with Neil De...

Neil-Degrasse-Tyson
Scanning the news cycle this week, I’m mostly finding stories about marijuana legalization and science. As the national debate about liberating weed continues in states and communities around the country, I’m also discovering lots of fan and critic reviews about Neil Degrasse Tyson’s reboot of the…

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Happy St. Patrick’s D...

Pogue Mahone
I first heard The Pogues when I was a junior in college, working a journalism internship at an alternative music and arts paper in Lansing, MI. My editor was into his job mostly for all the free music he was mailed and all the free shows he was invited to. Like all good music journalists, he loved music. He loved…

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Nine New Dead Sea Scrolls

Dead Sea Scrolls
Scholars have discovered nine new Dead Sea Scrolls that had been overlooked during the discovery of the documents in Qumran in the 1950′s. Part of the reason for the oversight might be the diminutive sizes of these new finds. Times of Israel explains: Phylacteries, known in Judaism by the Hebrew…

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Agent Cooper’s “...

Twin Peaks Cooper and Diane
For fans of David Lynch’s classic cult TV show, Twin Peaks, the secrets of the Black Lodge and the Log Lady’s prophecies hold an endless fascination. But, in a show full of dark mysteries, the relationship between agent Dale Cooper and the never-seen “Diane” may be the most intangible of them…

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Frazetta Fantasy Museum A R...

The Destroyer by Frank Frazetta
If you are a fantasy fan…wait…scratch that. If were ever a boy child, you probably love the art of Frank Frazetta whose iconic renderings of Conan the Barbarian, Tarzan and countless scantily clad damsels, priestesses and Amazons are the stuff that being a 13-year-old male is made of. The Nerdist website…

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American Zoetrope at 45

The Gang
This year we will be celebrating the 45th anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola’s production house American Zoetrope. Conceived of as an alternative to the Hollywood movie machine, Zoetrope first opened its doors in San Francisco in 1969. Here is a note about the beginning of the dream from the American Zoetrope…

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25 Years After Cassavetes

John Cassavetes
25 years ago, in February of 1989, filmmaker John Cassavetes died. One of the greatest actors of his generation, Cassavetes mostly turned his back on appearing in front of the camera in favor of self-financing a series of highly personal, deeply polarizing films that continue to vex critics, actors, directors and…

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High Office

United States of Higher Conciousness
Marijuana has always had a place in the American counterculture — from the Jazz Age to the Digital Age. Nowadays, the U.S. scene is as chaotic as ever, caught in a netherworld between budding legality and the antique stranglehold of reefer madness repression. Antique Stranglehold is the name of my new band,…

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