When I was back east for the holidays last year, we took the usual trip through Philly on our way to see the Doting Grammy. As we passed near the abandoned industrial zone, with the skyscrapers in the distance, I kept thinking I was traveling through the remains of a lost civilization — as if […]

"A Mouth Full of Gold and Blood…"

The Vampire Nation brings in $7 billion, the equivalent of a small country’s GDP. *** My former colleague John Dougherty dodged a bullet; he ran in a crowded primary with almost no money, and he still nearly became John McCain’s opponent for Arizona’s Senate race in November. If he keeps this up, he’s going to […]

Vampire Weekend

From the Wall Street Journal: Vampire Flick ‘New Moon’ Posts Biggest Opening Weekend of 2009 The vampire and werewolf movie “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” posted the biggest opening of the year, taking in $140.7 million in North America — but fell short of the all-time crown. The Summit Entertainment film’s box office take was […]

Cheap Is The New Expensive

Mark Frauenfelder at Boing Boing has a great mini-review of a new book I now want to pick up: Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture. Cheapness, argues Shell, has ruined just about everything. Main streets, with knowledgeable clerks and friendly service, have been decimated by discount stores like Wal-Mart staffed with ignorant employees who […]