Bring on the Unsanctioned Fireworks. Boom.

  In and around Chicago, you’d think that the 4th of July had already passed. This pyromani–er, freedom-loving town has been setting off black cats, bottle rockets and hen-laying-eggs for weeks already. Light ’em if you’ve got ’em, right? That’s nothing new. What’s new this year is how few “official” fireworks shows there will be. […]

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Everything but the Moo? A Tour of the Vienna Beef Factory

I wasn’t expecting “The Jungle,” so much, at my tour of the Vienna Beef factory this morning, but I was expecting to feel at least a little bit of bile at the back of my throat, at some point. I mean, it is a hot dog factory, and we all know that that’s the kind […]

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Getting Prepped for the Hot Dog Highway. Beep beep!

Tomorrow is my Vienna Beef tour. I’ve been counting the days since May 6. I think this will be better than CandyCon (sorry, Neil). Here’s what adds to my excitement: – There will be hair nets – There will be beard guards – There will be hard hats – Pants are required (no leg exposure) […]

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Head-turning Headlines of the Weekend

Brady Bunch mom got crabs in affair with NY mayor Texas Man Dies While Raping Elderly Woman Cocaine Laced With Veterinary Drug Levamisole Eats Away at Flesh Study: BPA exposure might make male mice undesirable to females Dating Tips: Don’t Let Psoriasis Keep You at Home Women’s ‘gaydar’ improves during ovulation Advertisements

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From Craftaterian to Lambaterian

For about four years of my mid-20s, living in Las Vegas, I was a vegetarian, with two exceptions: Thanksgiving and Craftsteak. Thanksgiving is understandable–I have a weakness for my mother’s gravy, no matter how much the idea of body-part-meatjuice disgusts me on other, more rational days. Craftsteak, too, is understandable. This is Tom Colicchio’s restaurant, […]

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What’s next, TSA, lava lamps?

This sign is at the front of the security line at Laguardia. Now the terrorists have stolen Christmas. Advertisements

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Storytelling…it’s what’s for dinner.

I’m in New York City working on a story about storytelling and the power of a story to change the life of a storyteller (it’s actually much deeper and more interesting than that, but you’ll have to wait until October’s Spirit magazine comes out to learn much more). I’ve had a number of interviews over […]

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