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Tom Cruise needs Toastmasters

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I'm not even going to address whether or not Scientology is a religion or a cult, whether anyone should be following it, or even whether Tom Cruise is holding Katie Holmes and her recently unseen soul hostage.

No, I'm just going to say that if you were trying to convince people that Scientology isn't a bunch of science fiction bullshit with its own gibberish language, would you let this guy be your spokesperson?

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A perfect marriage ...

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By Andrea Nemerson

...of presenter and material, anyway. I can’t promise you the other kind, although I’m working on it.

Since I had my kids, I’m forever wishing I could write more about kid-having issues in Alt Sex Column, but of course, ASC readers want to hear about fisting and polyamory, -- not so much with the kiddie stuff. Read more »

Vote Willow/Xander in 2012!

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In college, my Buffy-watching buddies and I used to play the cast-our-friends-as-Buffy-characters game. I'd usually end up as either Faith, the slayer who went to the dark side, or Glory, the evil goddess from Hell. I'm convinced this was partly due to physical resemblance (both are brunettes, and Glory has curls), and partly due to the fact that two of the guys playing the game were former lovers with itty bitty bitter streaks. Read more »

Finding inspiration at Creativity Explored's "Finders Keepers"

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Making it: Car Factory by Walter Kresnik

By Amy Glasenapp

What first struck me at the opening reception of "Finders Keepers" at Creativity Explored on Jan. 10 was the sheer volume of the crowd. By 7:30 p.m., an hour after the reception began, the show looked like a success. Read more »

Lit: Veronica De Jesus's memorial drawings

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This week's Lit features Lynn Rapoport writing about Hello-Now, from Everywhere, the new book collection of local artist Veronica De Jesus's memorial drawings. Read more »

Little chocolate disco rocks me

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All I know is, someone recently dropped this little goodie off on my desk (thanks, Chocolate Elf!) .....

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... and it's freakin' delicious. The instructions on the back of this "Taza Disco" say: Break one piece chocolate into one cup steaming milk or water and whisk until frothy -- but I just ate the dang thing whole and now I'm the one who's frothy. Read more »

Lit: Why the Devil Chose New England for His Work

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Theo Schell-Lambert weighs in with a review of Jason Brown's new book of short stories, out now in paperback:

The title of Jason Brown's Why the Devil Chose New England for His Work promises the text as a collective explanation. Here, in this "linked collection" (all tales have roots in the fictional Vaughn, Maine), we'll find evidence of some native Northeastern immorality, or at least a special inclination to fall. The devil might not demand evil as a prerequisite, but he'd surely want a people who could be swayed. Read more »

Bye bye, mai tai: Trader Vic's no more

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Alas, along with the dispiriting news that people keep getting shot and jumped outside nightclubs, that the police are pushing to "more directly" regulate bars and clubs, and that perennial underground jam palace the Gingerbread Warehouse finally got busted on New Year's Eve, comes this awful fact of 2008: The San Francisco branch (the original) of Read more »

Film: Def + Black + sweded

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I know that Science Of Sleep, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and umpteen hyperreal, DIYish music videos director Michel Gondry is just SO DAMN PRECIOUS, but his new movie Be Kind Rewind, planned for release on February 22 looks like a real hoot. Read more »