Generation Y

What is everyone doing in the “SNL” credits?
Generation Y
February 17, 2016

What is everyone doing in the “SNL” credits?

Throughout its 41-year history, “Saturday Night Live” has sought to incorporate the location of its filming (Manhattan) as a “setting” for the show even as the actual contents of the show—its comedy sketches—have been more likely to take place elsewhere. In this…

To feel sorrow
Generation Y
February 10, 2016

To feel sorrow

Have you ever encountered a situation in which, upon hearing that some misfortune has befallen a friend or acquaintance (a breakup, a death in the family, a lost wallet), you’ve felt compelled to say something like “I’m so sorry” to that friend or acquaintance? Have…

The Netflix discrepancy
Generation Y
February 3, 2016

The Netflix discrepancy

Ponder with me one of the great mysteries of the universe: how can it be that the 2012 romantic drama “The Best of Me,” starring Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden, has an average rating of 4.3 stars out of five on Netflix?

A little information…

Our friend Barack
Generation Y
January 21, 2016

Our friend Barack

Have you guys noticed anything different about Barack lately? Doesn’t he seem a little more confident—not just politically, in his State of the Union addresses and gun control efforts, but socially? A little more willing to “put himself out there” and try to make new…

The Vermont of “Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter”
Generation Y
January 18, 2016

The Vermont of “Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter”

I missed Adult Swim’s initial December airing of the five-part miniseries “Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter,” but when I found out that the show was set in Vermont, I hastened to catch up. An absurdist melodrama about a gun-toting, neon-clad vagabond and the werewolf-plagued small town…

Quiet riot
Generation Y
January 8, 2016

Quiet riot

Did you hear about the 2,000-person brawl that took place at Kentucky’s second-largest indoor shopping mall last week? A teenage riot of epic proportions, it shut down the Mall St. Matthews in suburban Louisville two hours early on Boxing Day, as local police, responding to…

It makes me sick
Generation Y
January 8, 2016

It makes me sick

I don’t know if you’ve ever eaten at Chipotle: the company operates a single restaurant in Vermont (in Burlington), but with roughly 2,000 locations worldwide and billions in yearly revenue, the fast-casual Mexican chain has reigned for the past decade as the trendiest large-scale dining…

Made-for-TV Christmas movies: “The Flight Before Christmas”
Generation Y
January 6, 2016

Made-for-TV Christmas movies: “The Flight Before Christmas”

Editor’s note: The following is the third in a series of reviews of randomly selected, low-quality, made-for-TV Christmas movies.

Why do adults watch Christmas movies? I think we do it in large part to convince ourselves that Christmas exists. The made-for-TV Christmas movie,…

Made-for-TV Christmas movies: “The Mistle-Tones”
Generation Y
December 22, 2015

Made-for-TV Christmas movies: “The Mistle-Tones”

Editor’s note: The following is the second in a series of reviews of randomly selected, low-quality, made-for-TV Christmas movies.

In the first scene of “The Mistle-Tones” (2012), our heroine—running late for an audition—slips in the shower, tumbling into a pratfall that deposits her uninjured on…