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Culture, The Exhibitionist Raw, Funny, and Infuriating: Rene Russo and Oliver Platt in <i>Frank and Cindy</i>

Raw, Funny, and Infuriating: Rene Russo and Oliver Platt in Frank and Cindy

G. J. Echternkamp never wanted to be the guy who made movies about his family. But, really, he had such great material it was hard to resist. His stepfather, Frank, had been part of the '80s band OXO, which…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dear Diary, I'm Awful

Dear Diary, I'm Awful

Just about everyone has a few things from childhood they would prefer stay hidden. Ours is a short story about a mysterious blob that eats school children. It was written in Mrs. Knecht's sixth-grade English class, and is full…
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Culture, Art Ira's Mad Gambit: The Host of <i>This American Life</i> Defies Nature with a Hybrid Dance and Radio Show

Ira's Mad Gambit: The Host of This American Life Defies Nature with a Hybrid Dance and Radio Show

Any young theater nerd can tell you about the powerful allure of musicals. The sets and the props are the bread and butter, but the dance steps and the songs — they're the emotional dessert for a shy-yet-ambitious teen actor.…
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Calendar, Night&Day broken hearts in his wake

broken hearts in his wake

The former loves of Davy Rothbart are probably pretty pissed at him by now. Since his essay collection My Heart Is An Idiot hit the shelves last year, Rothbart — creator of FOUND Magazine, filmmaker, and contributor to NPR…
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Culture, Art Navigating the Waters: Podcaster, Sex Worker, Fish-Tailed Ukelelian, Siouxsie Q is Putting it All Out There

Navigating the Waters: Podcaster, Sex Worker, Fish-Tailed Ukelelian, Siouxsie Q is Putting it All Out There

It's been a roller-coaster year for Siouxsie Q, the prolific performer, singer, sex worker, and activist whose new play, Fish Girl, premieres at the San Francisco Fringe Festival this week. Last fall, she and her partner founded a podcast called…
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Hate the Name: "This American Life" vs. "This American Whore"

Last week in our Exhibitionist blog, writer Chris Hall told the story of S.F. sex worker and activist Siouxsie Q, who late last year began producing a podcast in her apartment called This American Whore. This January, she started to…
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Film, "Sleepwalk with Me": Can't Quite Rise to the Level of Radio

"Sleepwalk with Me": Can't Quite Rise to the Level of Radio

It's pretty Pollyannaish to complain when companies that are in the business of making money on movies make certain movies solely to make money. And yet, it seems to be widely acceptable to be cynical about big-budget movies that are…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Interview: Ira Glass on His New Film <em>Sleepwalk with Me</em>

Interview: Ira Glass on His New Film Sleepwalk with Me

Ira Glass, best known and adored as the creator and distinctive voice behind This American Life, is expanding his oeuvre. The long-running radio series now has six movies in production. The first is Sleepwalk with Me, based on comedian Mike…
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News, The Snitch Mike Daisey's "Truthiness"

Mike Daisey's "Truthiness"

This week's episode of This American Life is both fascinating and painful to listen to, as many of the show's best episodes are. I came away from it still enraged at Mike Daisey and his lies, but also a bit sympathetic…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Standards of Truth Apply to Performers -- Ask Mike Daisey and Ira Glass

Standards of Truth Apply to Performers -- Ask Mike Daisey and Ira Glass

Mike Daisey got busted. BBBBUSTED! He was called on the --- I'm assuming --- lush carpets of This American Life on Friday by Ira Glass himself. Mr. Daisey, who is to solo performance what Louis CK is to stand-up…
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