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What’s a BRAT diet?

If you answered: The food Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy eat, you are sorely mistaken. Though that’s pretty funny! However, those brats, which is actually a play on the Rat Pack, or Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., etc., have nothing [...]

Rebecca Black’s "Friday" as Radical Text

(Video Link) If you think that 13-year old Rebecca Black’s song “Friday” is an insipid, bubblegum pop expression of the teenage mind, you’d be wrong. Dana Vachon argues that it’s actually a complex rebuttal to the artificiality of modern life: Her cultural debt is less to Molly Ringwald in Sixteen Candles than Evie Vicki the robot girl [...]

Ten 80s Movies that Will Remind You of Your Geek Roots

Looking at this list, I realize that the seeds that spawned the cult of the geek were indeed planted in the movies of the ’80s, as opposed to the rise of the internet in the ’90s. For those of you who grew up at least in part in the eighties, you know that it wasn’t all [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Long-in-the-Tooth “Teenagers”

You all know that I’m a big Glee fan. But I’m not delusional – I know that a lot of the actors in the show are nowhere close to being of high school age… unless they’ve flunked many a grade (Cory Monteith and Mark Salling, who play Finn and Puck respectively, are both 27). They’re [...]