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Thursday, June 08, 2021

Hey, it’s none of my business if Brad and Angelina want to name their newborn girl Shiloh. And it is a pretty-sounding name.

But personally, when I hear “Shiloh”, the first thing that comes to mind is not “peace”, as translated from the original Hebrew. It’s the Battle of Shiloh, the 1862 conflict that was one of the bloodiest engagements of the American Civil War.

I suppose that, despite my interest in the Civil War, my mindset will eventually change. I’m sure little Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt will grow up in full light of the media glare, displacing other conceptions of the name. Oh base celebrity, how you brainwash us!

I would’ve posted a picture of the new arrival here. But I don’t need to get sued, like some other blogs.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 06/08/2021 11:46:30 PM
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As part of NPR’s summer reading recommendations series, author Tom Perrotta offers up one of his all-time favorites, Thomas Berger’s “Neighbors”.

Even though he would eventually wind up as one of Berger’s students in college, Perrotta claims fuzzy memories about how he first became acquainted with the novel:

I can’t recall how and when I initially discovered the book, but I do remember that it made me laugh so hard I actually fell off my bed. You can ask my mother. She came upstairs and asked if I was okay.

Aw, c’mon, Tom! Fall-off-the-bed laughter? No book can do that.

Just admit it, already: Like the rest of us, your first exposure to the work was via the odd curiosity that was the filmed version. Noteworthy not only for being the last film John Belushi appeared in, but also for the strange behind-the-scenes squabbling during production. For instance, Belushi and co-star Dan Ackroyd decided just before filming began to swap their roles with one another.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 06/08/2021 11:12:20 PM
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Actually, I’d guess that the typical gaming patient at Smith & Jones Addiction Centre would be hooked on something more along the lines of World of Warcraft or Grand Theft Auto.

I mean, if a pile of money is going toward an Amsterdam-based private clinic that will cure your videogame addiction, it’d be a tad embarrassing to admit to a fixation on beep-and-boop titles from twenty years ago. If you’re going to be a video-junkie, at least do it within a 21st Century media context.

[Smith & Jones director Keith] Bakker said parents of game addicts frequently echo the words of partners of cocaine addicts: “‘I knew something was wrong, but I didn’t know what it was.’”

Pure-grade pixels, baby. From chemical stimulation to digital, in just a couple of generations.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 06/08/2021 05:55:49 PM
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