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The World Is Rated XX

Monday night I checked out the XX (or, if you prefer, the xx), who kicked off their U.S. tour at the storied Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood. I then stayed up late to write about the show–but you can see the fruits of my labor right now on the Rolling Stone website.

posted 25 July 2012 in Outside, Reviews. 1 comment


A quick link to a small item: my New York Times Magazine sidebar on five of my favorite misheard lyrics is now up on their 6th Floor Blog.

posted 23 July 2012 in Outside, Tasty Bits. no comments yet

Fun with Analogies (or 50,000,000 Britney Fans Can’t Be Wrong)

If Britney Spears: Elvis Presley, then– Christina Aguilera: Jerry Lee Lewis Max Martin: Lennon / McCartney Ke$ha: The Rolling Stones Pink: The Kinks Katy Perry: The Beach Boys Dr. Luke: Phil Spector Robyn: Love Avril Lavigne: The Doors Miley Cyrus: The Dave Clark Five Rebecca Black: Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs Madonna: Chuck Berry

posted 18 July 2012 in Tasty Bits. 2 comments

Lady Mondegreen, Children at Your Feet

Howdy, New York Times readers. If you came here looking for mondegreens, I suggest you try clicking here. And if not, then this is a moment for me to say how cool it was to do a sidebar in the Times Magazine this past Sunday with five of my favorite misheard lyrics: it’s always weird […]

posted 17 July 2012 in Tasty Bits. no comments yet

Friday Foto: Sidewalk Chalk Alphabets

A couple of years ago, I started writing the alphabet just about every day. Specifically, whenever my kids were drawing with chalk on the sidewalk outside our house, I would write the twenty-six letters of the alphabet in one of the pavement squares. It was two minutes of lexical graphic-design jazz–or it was me goofing […]

posted 13 July 2012 in Photos. 2 comments

“Summer of ’69” Secrets Revealed!

I recently received an email from Canadian songwriter Jim Vallance. You may not know his name, but you probably know his work: songs he cowrote include Aerosmith’s “Rag Doll,” Glass Tiger’s “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone),” and Heart’s “What About Love?” And he collaborated on dozens of songs with Bryan Adams, including “Summer of […]

posted 12 July 2012 in Tasty Bits. 3 comments