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The Late Movies: 5 Smart People Say Smart Things in 5 Minutes or Less

Big Think has interviewed a staggering array of smart people, and is posting micro-interviews on YouTube. For tonight’s viewing, I thought I’d collect five favorites. Yes, they’re short, and sometimes they’re simple — but these are smart sentiments. Bill Nye “How is science education like comedy?” Bill Nye on the parallels between comedy and [...]

The Late Movies: The Pixies’ “Doolittle” Turns 23 Today

Today marks the 23rd anniversary of the release of Doolittle, a landmark album by the Pixies that influenced boatloads of musicians in the ensuing years (though most musicians I know pretend they liked Surfer Rosa better). Last year, in a roundup of Pixies covers, I wrote: “The Pixies have had a special place in my [...]

The Late Movies: Rock On, Wesley Willis

“I make music, I sing my ass off.” With these words, Wesley Willis opens a short documentary shown below. Willis was a bizarre musician — a chronic schizophrenic, his music was crude and thus considered “punk,” but in a way no one had heard before. Willis’s songs generally consisted of spoken-word poetry over a keyboard’s [...]

The Quick 10: 10 of the Worst Blizzards Ever

We’re all hunkering down here in the Midwest since a blizzard is supposed to be hitting us pretty much all day Tuesday and Wednesday. As blizzards go, it’s probably not a big one… just enough to close the Interstates, schools, and some businesses. There have definitely been far worse – here are 10 of them. 1. [...]