R.I.P. Roger Ebert

by meanlouise April 4, 2013 movies

The upside to not being online much today is that some of the really good Roger Ebert eulogies and the best scenes from Beyond the Valley of the Dolls had all arrived in my “pop culture junkies” twitter list by the time I sat down to write this. The downside is that all this stuff […]

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Dear Reservoir Carl

by meanlouise May 18, 2012 artomatic

Longtime readers knew Carl Cordell as Reservoir Carl, a nickname I stuck to him in 2007 before I ever even met him, based on a photo I saw of the Peeps diorama he made for the Washington Post Peeps Diorama contest. Fortunately, he thought it was funny. This birthday post I wrote about him 2 […]

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(nearly) wordless wednesday: RIP Maya

by meanlouise May 18, 2011 r.i.p.

Our beloved friend Maya the Border Collie exited this mortal coil. Maya and I spent many fine hours together playing frisbee or on walkies around the neighborhood, sniffing things and herding neighbors. Maya did most of the herding and the sniffing, of course. I’m updating this to clarify that Maya was my friend, she wasn’t […]

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by meanlouise March 19, 2011 r.i.p.

der Speigel is reporting that Celebrity Polar Bear Knut is demised. Polar bears are large and frightening and amazing. I never saw Knut in person, but his picture makes occasional appearances on my desktop because he’s a handsome devil.

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RIP Leslie Nielsen

by meanlouise November 29, 2010 movies

Leslie Nielsen passed away yesterday at the age of 84. Here’s his New York Times obituary and here’s the trailer for Forbidden Planet: It’s the same old story. Boy finds girl, boy loses girl, girl finds boy, boy forgets girl, boy remembers girl, girl dies in a tragic blimp accident over the Orange Bowl on […]

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R.I.P. Socks the Cat

by meanlouise February 21, 2009 r.i.p.

Former First Cat Socks has gone to the great Catnip Field in the Sky. He was 19 years old. Here’s the biography.com blurb about Socks: Socks the cat joined the Clinton White House while First Daughter Chelsea was a young girl. Chelsea’s piano teacher found two kittens playing under her porch one day. She tried […]

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Meet the Press

by meanlouise June 15, 2008 politics

Meet the Press is just too sad without Tim Russert. I have to go garden.

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Sally Smith

by meanlouise December 5, 2007 academia

Yesterday the Washington Post had a pair of articles about a longtime colleague who passed away over the weekend. Ellen Edwards, writing for the Washington Post Style section, summed up a first (second, third and fourth) encounter with Sally Smith perfectly: “At first glance you might have thought you had come upon some improbable tropical […]

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R.I.P. Punk Planet

by meanlouise July 21, 2007 culture

I know it’s old news, but I’ve been in denial for a while: Punk Planet is deceased. As much as it breaks our hearts to write these words, the final issue of Punk Planet is in the post, possibly heading toward you right now. Over the last 80 issues and 13 years, we’ve covered every […]

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Gray day, rather like the weather

by meanlouise January 2, 2004 r.i.p.

Two friends, yesterday a co-worker and the other, today, the daughter of my boss, passed away after long, miserable fights with breast cancer.

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