Thursday, March 27, 2008

Easy, Street

Illustration: Evan Lopez

This past February,
City Paper's news section kicked off its "Professor Street Says" column, which features actual excerpts from the urban politics class former Philadelphia mayor John Street teaches at Temple University (overview here).

Temple was on spring break last week, so this image ran in lieu of a Street quote. I felt it was my duty — as a CP staffer, yes, but mostly as a Philadelphian — to share it.

Friday, March 21, 2008

I see how it is,

Texas A&M won. Great! I had them.

Then why...?

Aggies forward Josh Carter is of the opinion that Mormon trickery's afoot!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


"So I'm not trying to be overconfident here, but I feel really, really good about our choreography."

"Oh, totally. Couldn't agree more. The spins are getting tighter and tighter every day."

"Exactly. So what we need now is a theme."

"I was afraid you were going to say that. I'm really a drawing a blank here, babe."



"Have you ever seen Blade?"

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Hamburger Eyes for Theme

[photo spreads from Hamburger Eyes: Inside Burgerworld; click to enlarge]

The fine folks at
Theme Magazine just put up my profile of the dudes behind Hamburger Eyes, an amazing photo zine out of the Bay Area. My favorite quote from the piece, courtesy of Eyes co-founder Stefan Simikich:
Simikich bristles when recalling one art critic who drew parallels between Eyes and Vice. “Maybe you can compare them because they appeal to the same age group, but that’s basically like saying Def Leppard and black metal are the same,” he says. “They’re not. Other than that they both have guitars.”

Read more about the zine
here and then check out some back issue highlights. They just put a book out on powerHouse, which I highly recommend. And I hear they're coming to Philly in the fall to do a show at Space 1026.

Monday, March 10, 2008

A short list of people who write more eloquently about The Wire than I ever could

Bethlehem Shoals @ Heaven and Here:

"What did and didn’t make it into that last episode is, in a lot of ways, Simon and co.’s definitive statement on what this program stood for. Or, more modestly, why this season had to be the way it was. The finale is a tautology that consumes everything that came before and will come after it."

Alessandra Stanley @ The New York Times:

"The Wire ended at just the right time: too soon. And it’s not that Mr. Simon’s series was the only intelligent drama on television. The difference is that most smart shows try to dazzle viewers with what they don’t know ... "The Wire" worked with primary sources that anybody could grasp if they looked closely out the window on the train from New York to Washington."

Alan Sepinwall @ What's Alan Watching?:

"Slim putting a bullet in Cheese's head while Cheese was in the middle of a bile-filled monologue celebrating the lack of loyalty and nostalgia in the drug game ... that was nice. After Bubbs walking up the stairs, it may have been the most uplifting moment of the whole finale. (The Wire: a guy goes up some stairs, and another guy takes a bullet to the head for being an asshole, and these are the feel-good moments!)"

David Plotz @ Slate:

"The internal lives of Dickens' characters are never quite as interesting or compelling as the whole shebang of plot, place, and social issue. The Wire has exactly the same glories and flaws."


- David Plotz: Saying Goodbye to My 13 Favorite Wire Scenes
- David Zurawik @ The Baltimore Sun:
"The Wire finale is a cop-out for a once-great show"
Baltimore City Paper: Top 10 Reasons Not to Cancel The Wire [2005]
Baltimore City Paper: Best Deleted Scene from The Wire's Fifth Season
Thulisio Dingwall, aka Kenard, talks about killing Omar on Baltimore's 92Q Jams
The Wire with a laugh track

And now, Omar Little's greatest hits.

The Prequel.
"It's all in the game."
- "I got the shotgun. You got the briefcase."
"You come at the king, you best not miss."
"Man, you lyin' to live."
"Do tell."
"Where my change, yo?"
- "Shame we didn't have more time together."
"Which one of y'all gonna open the truck for me?"
"That woman think I work in a cafeteria!"
"Money ain't got no owners. Only spenders."
The Scene.

[Illustration: Deanna Staffo/Baltimore City Paper]

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Going to Bangladesh, BRB

I've found a new desktop background/reason to live.