Pop Culture

9:47am

Sun August 18, 2013
Arts & Life

An Adventurer Returns To The Dungeon In 'Dice And Men'

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 2:07 pm

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Author David Ewalt was in the fourth grade when he got hooked on Dungeons & Dragons.

"I was at one of my friends' houses on a weekend after school. And he broke out this weird game," Ewalt tells NPR's Rachel Martin. "[He] said 'hey, do you guys want to fight some monsters and explore a dungeon?'"

Now a grown man, Ewalt still can't help but spread the good word about the game. He's written a new book about it, called Of Dice and Men.

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6:21am

Sat August 10, 2013
Commentary

The Doctor, An Utterly Millennial Hero

Originally published on Sun August 11, 2013 5:43 am

BBC

The selection last week of actor Peter Capaldi to play the latest Doctor on Doctor Who has made headlines all over the world — and you'd be forgiven for wondering why. It's only a TV show, after all, and it's a sometimes cheesy, often over-the-top sci-fi feature, not 60 Minutes or The West Wing.

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2:31pm

Wed August 7, 2013
Arts & Life

Libraries' Leading Roles: On Stage, On Screen And In Song

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 2:04 pm

Poor Donna Reed: Her Mary would have ended up working in a library — shudder — if not for the matrimonial intervention of Jimmy Stewart's George Bailey. Happily, 1946's It's a Wonderful Life isn't the only lens through which pop culture assesses the worth of the institution and those who make it tick.
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When I was 9, I spent a lot of time at a public library just down the street; I was already a theater nerd, and it had a well-stocked theater section. Not just books, but original cast albums for Broadway shows old and new. One day, an addition: The Music Man, about a salesman who was crazy about a girl named, as one song put it, "Marrrrrrrion, madam librarian."

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7:48am

Wed August 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Shark Week Roundup: New SharkCat Video; 'Fake Documentary'

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 9:09 am

SharkCat in action.
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3:58pm

Tue August 6, 2013
Pop Culture

Fear Of Clowns: Yes, It's Real

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 10:53 pm

Tim Curry as Pennywise in a 1990 TV adaptation of Stephen King's It. Come on, tell us you aren't just a little creeped out.
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Warning: The following story may be upsetting to some people.

That's because it's about clowns.

Yes, clowns. Painted white faces, red lips, receding hairlines with tufts of wild hair, and — of course — the red foam nose. Fun for all ages, yet plenty of people are downright scared of them. There's even a word for it: coulrophobia, though that's not an official diagnosis.

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