neutralmilkhotel.jpeg Seeing the moving Lives of Others shortly after a screening of actual Eastern Bloc surveillance footage • Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea–why did nobody tell me about this album earlier? (Well, they did, but I didn’t listen.) • Sleeper film of 2006, United 93, devastating and absolutely not a date movie • Baking cinnamon sticky buns and feeding them to a small child • Sean’s music recommendations are almost always spot on, and especially his recent pick, Yo La Tengo’s I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One • ze.jpegZe Frank’s The Show, the funniest thing on the internet, which finally ended after exactly one year • The pleasant feeling when your word processor and bibliographic database work as a team, generating a beautiful reference list at the click of a button, particularly the night before you submit your dissertation • A hankering for poetically brutal scalpers on a sociopathic rampage through the Old Southwest? Why then, you need Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian • Mary Roach’s Stiff, a book about the various fates of cadavers, which had a great Six Feet Under cameo • Watching robins fly about their beaks stuffed with nest-building scraps • The Arcade Fire’s Neon Bible–anthem rock for hipsters.

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