ClashBooks review: Sickened by Julie Gregory

This is a review of the "I read it so you don't have to" variety. You may recall that a few weeks ago there was a tragic Munchausen's by proxy (MBP) death in Massachusetts due to a mother repeatedly dosing her five year old son with toxic levels of sodium. At the time the above book came to my attention as a quality… » 7/20/14 9:55pm Sunday 9:55pm

Here's a fucked up fact: I was curious to see where I might be able to rewatch the movie since it's been forever since I saw it and it didn't make much of an impression the first time, so I looked it up on Amazon Instant Video—where it identifies the movie as starring "Jeremy London, Steven Berkoff." Really? They got… » 7/20/14 3:58pm Sunday 3:58pm

Today in My Execrable Neighbors: a corner turned?

So last night around 11:30 pm I was in my living room dozing off to Blow-Up when right outside my door I start hearing a plaintive "Mooooommy! Mooooommy!" After about three or four times it switches to "Errrrrnie! Errrrrnie!" (Ernie is our building manager.) I'm now with it enough to realize it's probably one of my… » 7/19/14 1:40pm Saturday 1:40pm

Well, in the area and strata of society I mostly dwell in I can't say that names aren't frequently kind of offbeat. Yeah I've met a Hendrix, a Coltrane, and a Reno plus tons of others I can't think of right now. I mean Quinoa isn't bad, really. If I had a way to privately tell you I'd tell you my kids names and you'd… » 7/16/14 5:48pm 7/16/14 5:48pm

This is a highly disturbing anatomy of a predator and all, it made me completely sick, but did anyone catch the detail that the "The Rent is Too Damn High" guy Jimmy McMillan used to be his bodyguard? Extra points for random and bizarre. » 7/16/14 4:37pm 7/16/14 4:37pm