What’s a B-Movie, Anyway?

Every year, nerds descend on Northwestern University in Chicago to watch B-movies for 24 hours. Like subjects of the show Mystery Science Theater 3000, they cope with watching terrible movies by wisecracking about on-screen events. But why are so many people willing to lose sleep and smell so bad? And what exactly *is* a B-movie, anyway? Ed Wood: A lot […]

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Love Songs for the Doomed

When I was in high school, this boy I knew made an amazing mix tape full of goth-y, brooding love songs for his then-girlfriend. I think she dumped him. I may have swooned and then asked for a copy of the mix tape for myself. He never did ask me out (HIS LOSS), but I […]

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Most Popular Books of 2013

New Year's Day is well behind us now, and we've gathered statistics to compile our most popular books of 2013. The rankings reflect the most checkouts and hold requests during calendar year 2013, regardless of when the books were published. Chicago's own Gillian Flynn tops the adult fiction list with Gone Girl. The dark thriller about a […]

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The End of the World As We Know It

There's no better way to spend a sleepless night than by contemplating the fall of civilization. I'm not the only person who thinks like this. There are swarms of people out there cataloging the decline of things, ranging from humanity to America to whatever catches your fancy. Here are a few of my favorites from recent years. The Great Degeneration is a […]

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1993 Bulls Win NBA Championship

The 1992-1993 Bulls regular season wasn't especially notable. Both Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen were fresh off their gold medal effort in the Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Both players were visibly tired, and the team got off to a slow start. But as the rule goes for all sports, it's not how you start but […]

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Like Sand Through a Donut…

Maurice Katz is not a hero. He is not, not, not. At least, that's what he keeps telling himself throughout most of  When It's A Jar by Tom Holt. And yet he kills a dragon with a breadknife, is given an Excalibur-like letter opener, and has to rescue his one true love and a guy who […]

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