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Randee Dawn
Writer. Reader. Never enough time for either.
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The array of "Weird Al" Yankovic videos that recently took over the Internet was an eight-day Al-palooza for fans of the parodist — and their devotion was rewarded when his 14th album, "Mandatory Fun," hit the top of the charts. But fans don't yet have to go into withdrawal —... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at Ripped from the Headlines
Modern movie stories generally goes a little something like this: Hero. Hero travels to a different world (you can go metaphorical or literal on this one). Hero meets companion. (In Western society, this companion is almost always of a minority race, or disabled, or female. Look, this is what they... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at Ripped from the Headlines
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There were many things to admire about "True Detective," HBO's limited series that brought together two tastes that worked great together: Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. But one of the biggest surprise breakouts of the show was ... the prop Big Hug Mug that sat next to McConaughey's character Rustin... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Ripped from the Headlines
“Eh, the book was better.” Said anyone who ever read a book before watching a movie or TV adaptation of said book. “The Leftovers,” the HBO series starring Justin Theroux and Liv Tyler, met “The Leftovers,” the literary novel with genre pretensions by Tom Perrotta at the end of June... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Ripped from the Headlines
I think I was actually at that La's show -- I saw them on that tour in Boston and then again not long after in NYC but I can't recall the venue. Great band, sadly, did not wash much.
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2014 on Marquee Memories: Redux at Flaming Pablum
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It gets ... better? But seriously, take a day off between runs so your muscles can adjust. Find some strength exercises you can do inside and alternate. You don't want to injure yourself or burn out, which happens easily.
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Starting out you always feel like an idiot. If you're a woman and you start out and it's dark, you can feel a little scared. But you go and you do and you get a little less intimidated as you go. Seriously, get a pedometer if you can and start trying to beat your steps each day. And then, sign up for the first 5K you can. 3 miles is not as awful as you think -- my first one took an hour. My last one, in April, took 30 minutes. And I do maybe 3 a year because I don't really run. Can't wait to hear more. Good for you!
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2014 on The Big Runaround: Day One at Flaming Pablum
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I feel you've got a book in collating all of these "my kids in rock photos," when you're ready.
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2014 on You Oughta Know By Now: Redux at Flaming Pablum
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One summer, I spent my days lounging around the pool, reading “The Twilight Zone.” Not watching. For one thing, “The Twilight Zone” reruns were on way late at night. I wasn’t quite a teenager, VCRs were in other peoples’ homes, and the Internet was still a good decade or so... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Ripped from the Headlines
“Into the Woods” fans, brace yourself: The Disney adaptation of the award-winning, long-running, grown-up thinking fairy tale musical by Stephen Sondheim – one of the stage’s pre-eminent writers – is getting neutered. As the New Yorker reported recently, during a master class in New York City Sondheim told the audience... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Ripped from the Headlines
In the last seconds of “The Sopranos” finale seven years ago (yes, it has been that long), my television set suddenly cut to black. Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” cut off right on the word “stop.” Crap! My cable died just at the exactly most important moment of the entire iconic... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Ripped from the Headlines
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Dear Casey, You were the voice of music for me as a kid. Not literally: You didn’t sing, you didn’t play an instrument. But in my preadolescent days, there wasn’t a single Sunday that went by where I wasn’t glued to the radio for the four hours it took you... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at Ripped from the Headlines
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Ugh, the guns. The guns and the hair. The guns, the hair and the complete lack of forward motion. Hello all, and welcome to the ongoing shiva service I’m holding for the death of NBC’s Revolution, a show for whom the end of the world came twice: Once when the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Ripped from the Headlines
Harlan Ellison, that irascible love-him or hate-him genius of speculative fiction, lawsuits and storytelling, turns 80 today. While covering the South by Southwest Festival in 2008, I got a chance to talk with him in person (there's a video I'll turn up one of these days), and before that, on... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at Ripped from the Headlines
I don't wander out in the world looking to get offended. If you go out looking for a fight, a fight will find you. But sometimes you don't have to look. That said, I have to ask: Katy Perry, really? For those who may not know, Katy Perry has a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at Ripped from the Headlines
It happened today. I sat down in my elevated desk chair, in front of my elevated desk (probably about four, four and a half feet off the floor) and pulled out my retractable keyboard rest and began working at my computer. And I thought, "Now this is what I wanted."... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2014 at Ripped from the Headlines
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One of these days I'll write a longer post about the joys of discovering the fiction Roald Dahl wrote for adults, rather than children (most of us only know him by his "Matilda" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" books). It's twisty, detailed, tightly-written and often delightfully nasty. But for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at Ripped from the Headlines
I have fallen off the posting wagon, not for lack of things to say, but time to say them in. So in honor of my recent "Dune" posting, I'll just leave you with this. "Dune," in gummi worms. It is, as one wag in the comments notes, a dessert planet.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Ripped from the Headlines
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UPDATE: Long term fans of "How I Met Your Mother" may also be experiencing bouts of pacing whiplash. I didn't watch the series except hither and thither and liked the ending, but I'm not invested in it. Either way, this article makes points I'm also making here: Too much, too... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Ripped from the Headlines
Speaking of mining dreams for content. My pal Tamara over here has a call out for talented playwrights interested in a prompt based on a real-actual-honest-to-spaghetti-monster-dream someone had. She writes on Facebook: I am lucky enough to be a producer and actor of new short plays once a year, every... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at Ripped from the Headlines
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Finding the right book club feels like dating. Many will be tried, few will succeed. At least, that's been my experience. Over the years I occasionally feel a need to actually share my reading experiences, which are wide and varied and as much about finding book-lovin' folk as it is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Ripped from the Headlines
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Recently, a link popped up all over my Facebook thread, informing me how I could begin breezing through books at a much more rapid rate than I do. If I don't know anything more about that particular link, it's because, f that noise. I see no need to read faster.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Ripped from the Headlines
Who says dreams are dead time? I woke up with an idea for a short story on Sunday morning and pounded out a good start. The only problem now: Where to take the darn thing. Secondary problem: Finding the time to finish it up. The important part is starting. It's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Ripped from the Headlines
Life rarely melds together this neatly; if there wasn't video/audio proof of this Louis C.K/Bradley Cooper/Sean Penn connection, I'd have to think the following video was a hoax. But it goes to prove that you never know where life is taking you next, that one day the handsome nobody in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Ripped from the Headlines
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This morning, I watched Veronica Roth jump into a bathtub full of marshmallows. I'm a bit behind the times -- she did this in 2010 and posted it on her blog, a promise fulfilled to her readers about what she'd do if she landed a book deal. And when "Divergent"... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Ripped from the Headlines