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Politicians Suck at Wearing Baseball Hats – I Examine Why

I’m going to borrow one of President Obama’s favorite verbal tics and open with this statement: let me be perfectly clear, this is NOT a feature about politics or policy or politicians’ policies. It’s about baseball hats. I don’t care what you think politically and I’m confident you don’t care what I think. What I’m concerned with here is the disturbing and overwhelming inability of …

How Stephen King’s Books Saved Me From Being a Literary Loser

The Gunslinger

It began with picking up a used copy of The Gunslinger in Dave’s Olde Book Shop in Manhattan Beach all those years ago. Cool title. Cool cover. Or maybe it really began the first time I saw the boring-but-since-it-was-Stephen-King creepy cover of Misery. It could even have truly started with the It cover that used to scare the crap out of me as a kid, but at a critical point …

My Unbeatable Case for Why ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’ is the #1 Workout Song of All Time

LL Cool J

Written by: Jon Finkel THAT OPEN Don’t call it a comeback!!!*  Oh, man. Has there ever been a more definitive, powerful declaration to start a song? Ever? Have the first five words of a song ever been sung with more anger/purpose/built-up rage? Have the first five words of a song ever said so much in so few syllables? “Don’t call it a comeback!” is concise …