At the Fights with Irvine Welsh, Trainspotting and Filth Author

Irvine Welsh, the Scottish author of a long string of drug- and crime-ridden classics such as Trainspotting, sits in the passenger seat of my Dodge Avenger. We're driving through the West Side of Chicago as the sun sets over vacant industrial lots in Cicero, a grimy, working-class suburb just across the street from… » 4/23/14 3:50pm 4/23/14 3:50pm

Mike Judge, The Accidental Satirical Genius

It would require uncanny prescience to discern signs of future greatness in a crudely animated two-minute short film from 1992 entitled Frog Baseball. Yet for a nondescript twentysomething bass player and aspiring animator named Mike Judge, that's where his improbable career as one of our greatest satirists began. » 4/07/14 6:32pm 4/07/14 6:32pm

Zombies Vs. Strippers: The Camp Classic That Wasn't

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The contemporary Halloween dilemma—clambering for something that’s somehow both sexy and spooky—is a painful reminder of the biggest fumble of our young careers. Last year, amidst the chaos of our mid-twenties, we were handed the creative reins to a real cinematic monster: Zombies Vs. Strippers, a low-budget,… » 10/31/13 10:45am 10/31/13 10:45am

Water Parks Are Filthy Cesspools of Despair

It's hot. It's so very, very hot. It's so hot that you can poach your morning eggs in your armpit. It's so hot that you're willing to face the ultimate funk in order to reach a body temperature safe to humans: Water parks. You might imagine yourself with a pina colada in hand, butt down in an inner tube, lazily… » 7/30/13 1:46pm 7/30/13 1:46pm

Report: The Detroit Red Wings Are Tax Delinquents

The city of Detroit is a fiscal disaster. Its bond rating was downgraded to an even lower junk status last month, it's looking at the prospect of having its finances taken over by the state next year, and layoffs of city workers seem unavoidable. Mayor Dave Bing—yes, that Dave Bing—has promised to chase after the… » 12/27/12 6:40pm 12/27/12 6:40pm