The Strange Reason Nearly Every Film Ends by Saying It's Fiction (You Guessed It: Rasputin!)
How killing Rasputin inadvertently changed the course of film history.
My Uncle Works for Nintendo
On the one time the famed schoolyard legend of the "uncle who works for Nintendo" actually existed.
Having Nightmares? Invoke the Baku, the Dream-Devouring Beast of Japanese Fable
A nice, short piece for a magazine published by a mattress company about an ancient monster that eats dreams.
These American Woods
On the performative masculinity of the American lumberjack, and how it expressed itself in beating each other up and inventing tall tales about woodland monsters who were so sad they wanted to die.
In the Basement of the King
San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel prides itself on opulent architecture and elite clientele -- not the tacky tiki bar in the basement, which they fucking hate.
Roy Sullivan was struck by lightning an incredible seven times, more than anybody in history. I mean, you would hope so.
What is the Citizen Kane of video games? The only way to find out for sure is to summon Orson Welles with a Ouija board, and ask him yourself.
Benjamin Franklin and Me
A strange and lonely visit to Benjamin Franklin's London residence.