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Attention Southerners: Download your Fall 2011 Life Planner now!

Attention Southerners: Download your Fall 2011 Life Planner now!

It’s the ever-popular SEC Helmet Schedule. ( Special Thanks To CrimsonAudio.net ) ENJOY!

Dancing In The Street (Revisited)

Dancing In The Street (Revisited)

(Photo by The Birmingham News) It’s taken me some time, but I can now honestly say I miss City Stages. Not the City Stages I skipped from 2004 to 2008—and regretted attending in 2009—but the festival which, at its best, was as good a thing as my hometown has ever done for itself. I’m talking about

Could I Get One More To Go?

Could I Get One More To Go?

(Special thanks to Joe York, and the short film “Gus”,  for the image.) One Saturday morning in mid-April, my wife joined our son and me for one of our periodic bike trips from the house in Forest Park to Downtown and back. Along the way, we visited several of the places we often stop: Sloss

I Like To Watch, Eve. It’s Very Good.

I Like To Watch, Eve. It’s Very Good.

This month’s title is a quote from Being There, one of my favorite movies of the last three decades. In it, Peter Sellers plays Chance—a man with the mind of a child who knows virtually nothing outside what he has learned from television. Which, by the way, he spends nearly every waking moment watching. It’s

You Are Different, And That’s Bad.

You Are Different, And That’s Bad.

People are stupid. I should know. I’ve been one for over 50 years. The headline of this month’s column comes from an email I received more than a decade ago, which was entitled “Children’s Books We’ll Never See.” The sub-head is something I often say to remind myself that, deep down, I was born with

CTRL + ALT + DELETE

CTRL + ALT + DELETE

(Confessions of a NumLock) Over the past several months I’ve had three paradigm-shifting experiences in my personal relationship with the computer. The first occurred last April. My office email program crashed, and I lost every single message I had sent over the previous two months. Several hours after I regained consciousness, I found myself completely

Living The Dream? (Part 2 of 2)

Living The Dream? (Part 2 of 2)

(Special Thanks To Sarah Best) I don’t know about you, but it seems to me like this country has been stuck in a serious mood-funk over the economy for close to three years. Now, a lot of experts are predicting 2011 won’t be any better than 2010. Probably the same experts who told us the

Seriously, People: We’re Better Than We Think.

Seriously, People: We’re Better Than We Think.

(Bull Connor: He’s dead. Really.) Birmingham is full of losers. None bigger than yours truly. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever met someone who’s relocated to Birmingham from a comparably-sized (or larger) city without asking them, “What in the world got you to move here?” The inherent assumption, of course, being that nobody would move

This Week’s B-Metro Column

This Week's B-Metro Column

(Wherein The Author Comes Out Of The Closet) This column, its 75-song Playlist—and easily 12 hours of listening time over past few weeks—were directly inspired by a brief clip from the new Will Ferrell / Mark Wahlberg buddy-cop movie. The team receives radio orders to Bust A Perp. And not just any Perp. The big

Introducing The New Woman In My Life

Introducing The New Woman In My Life

(FROM MY 8.10.10 B-METRO COLUMN) I have a Word file entitled “keepers”—where I’ve ranked my favorite records, by year, dating back to 1980. Aside from being critical to maintaining Geek Cred, it’s a handy reference tool I use before making over-the-top claims like this one: Stephanie Finch’s debut album, Cry Tomorrow, is my favorite pop

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