The Office video game spinoff?!?!?

The Office video game spinoff?!?!?
I had a dream last night that I was playing a video game. The game was really special. It was sort of deliberately crafted lo-fi 3-D graphics, somewhere between MineCraft and the Lego games. The genre was a beat-em-up, but with some complex RPG leveling and skill trees. But here’s where the game gets awesome: ...

Lost in the ether

Lost in the ether
Two weeks ago, I lost my coat. The event, arriving as it did amid various other stressors, was at once frustrating and galvanizing: Though I was angry—at myself, at the experience—I sat down that night and wrote a post about it. But where is that post? It hasn’t appeared, you say, and in fact the ...

A part of film died today

I was really sad to hear that Roger Ebert died. Ebert was a great man, and certainly my favorite critic, regardless of the critics’ field. He was a fair and generous viewer, open to any experience a film had to offer him. He went along for the ride and wasn’t afraid to like everything. No ...

A bachelor’s life for me?

My wife has (temporarily) left me. She’s gone to visit her folks in the South, while I stay and work, etc. Ah, how I already miss having spring breaks. I immediately got down to business. On Monday night, just a few hours after she’d left, I secured the public library card I’ve been meaning to ...

[insert whistling theme here]

Out of the blue, I remembered when, as a kid, I used to be able to cup my hands together, thumbs side by side, and blow on my fingers until I could create a whistle. So though I was on the train, I tried it immediately. No dice. Just silence. But I came pretty close. ...

But break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue

If you live anywhere near New Haven, you’ve seen advertisements for the now-sold-out run of Yale Rep’s Hamlet, starring—drumroll—Paul Giamatti. In an extra-literary alignment of the stars, the run began on the Ides of March, which also happens to be my wife’s birthday. We bought tickets last fall to ensure that an extra-special awesome birthday ...