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Oscar Aftermath

That was the dullest Academy Awards ever, right? But there were some highlights for me, not least that Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall won the Film Editing Oscar for their work on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo–work that they were kind enough to dissect for me (and the readers of The New York Times). […]

posted 27 February 2012 in Articles, Links. no comments yet

Twenty Years Ago in Details: February 1992

This was, I believe, the fourth issue of Details I worked on as a staffer. (Before that, I was freelancing for it while I worked as a copy editor at a computer magazine; I filed scads of record reviews, and then articles on industrial music, Dinosaur Jr., and Marky Mark.) There were a lot of […]

posted 23 February 2012 in Tasty Bits. no comments yet

Here Comes McBride

“He’s one of the funniest improvisers ever,” Seth Rogen told me, speaking of Danny McBride. “But he gets frustrated if you laugh during his take more than ten times, which I constantly do.” For my article on the saga of McBride, and his epic journey from motion-control cameraman to star of Pineapple Express, Your Highness, […]

posted 22 February 2012 in Articles, Outside. no comments yet

Friday Foto: Rose Parade

This New Year’s Day, I woke up early and went to Padadena for the 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade. Of the many marching bands, this was my favorite: That’s a Japanese high-school band, almost all girls, from Kyoto Tachibana. Aside from their general awesomeness, they sounded different from American marching bands, which made them stand […]

posted 17 February 2012 in Photos. no comments yet

Deep in the Heart of Doritos

My history of Doritos was a story a year in the making; it required a trip to Texas to see the flagship Frito-Lay plant and some detective work to track down the snack’s then-96-year-old inventor, Arch West (who has since died, alas). But you can now read it on the Maxim website, with or without […]

posted 14 February 2012 in Articles, Links. no comments yet

R.I.P. Whitney Houston

When I started writing up the 1988 countdown, I never imagined the artists would be dying on us as I did it. Well, although I wasn’t deeply fond of “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”–it was no “I Will Always Love You” (which, really, was in a class by itself)–I still respect Whitney Houston’s instrument, and […]

posted 13 February 2012 in Tasty Bits. 2 comments