Talkin' JEWELS: Erie Basin's Russell Whitmore

Erie Basin is a small antique store in Red Hook, Brooklyn (with an online shop, too), and I recently emailed proprietor Russell Whitmore to see if he'd be game to answer a few questions over email AND send me his entire stock for free, which he did, and did not. READ MORE

[Cactus][Van][Gem Stone][Gem Stone]

If you like emojis and the show Breaking Bad, or you think you might like Breaking Bad but would rather experience it as a sequence of emojis (yes), then perhaps you will enjoy these Unofficial Breaking Bad Emoji Mugs, brought to you by the lovely Starlee Kine and Russell Quinn. A mere $20.

How to Make a Successful TV Drama

Mix and match least 10?

- Scars

- Dead or dying animals

- Dead or dying people

- Tattoos

- Twisted sex, especially incest

- Teenage girls and/or women with ASTOUNDINGLY fantastic hair

- Rituals with masks

- Plaid

- Teenage girls and/or women with ASTOUNDINGLY fantastic skin

- Vast quantities of alcohol

- Men with amazing forearms

- Taxidermy

- Unusual teeth

- Children's drawings

- Drawings that look like they could be children's drawings but aren't

- Bugs

- Amazing breasts

- Nobody ever smiling or laughing

- Forests

- Prostitution

- People or things being underwater

- Hot guys with secrets

- Women with scratchy voices


Edith Zimmerman watches The Fall, True Detective, The Returned, Top of the Lake, Black Mirror, and Twin Peaks from inside a bug crawling on a scar near the old campground.

True Detective in Emoji

Logan Sachon and I have been busy. READ MORE

True Detective Rantings

There's a "True Detective" folder on my desktop for all my screengrabs from the show, including a dozen of Cohle's forearm tattoo alone — I can alllllmost see it, okay I can see it better now, okay that's a little better? But then I realized it's probably easier to just Google that tattoo, which I did, which led me to Instagram, which is where I learned that the dude who designed the tattoo (Joshua Lord, from Graceland tattoos in Brooklyn) apparently also designed Reggie Ledoux's tattoos, and in response to questions (also on Instagram) about whether he'd intended to make the face on Reggie's chest look like Cohle's/Matthew McConaughey's (as some people think, although I don't really see it), he said "maybe" not once but TWICE, so basically the show is solved, SEE YA. READ MORE

Not True Detective But

So let's say your obsession with True Detective almost frightens you. That it feels like you'd do anything for this show, that the show controls you. That given the opportunity you'd forsake your own body to be a pair of eyeballs watching True Detective on repeat until the end of time (which is flat). Anyway, so let's say you like True Detective, and when there are no more True Detective episodes to watch (before rewatching the True Detective episodes you've watched already), you scratch at the internet for something, anything, to feed your True Detective hunger. READ MORE

Reasons to Buy a Magnet

If you haven't seen Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair's great web series "High Maintenance," here's episode one (mildly NSFW); 11 more follow. You can also help out by buying these weed-bag refrigerator accessories. READ MORE

So You Think You Can Draw a Raindrop

Well, you are in for a cruel awakening: "It turns out you've been drawing raindrops incorrectly your entire life," says Newser, which links to NASA, which illustrates rain's "hamburger bun"-type shape: READ MORE

The Twelve Days of Female Vengeance: Week Two

We're in the heart of BAM's "Vengeance Is Hers" film series right now, can you feel it?! (Feb. 7 -18.) Hatred and bitterness in the air! Head over to the official site for useful information and plot synopses, and then come back here for more-superficial "reviews," in case you live in New York and are deciding which one[s] to go to, or if you'd want to watch at home, at any point. Actually the more I write and think about it, the less this seems useful to anyone. But, here it is anyway! READ MORE

Or Neither

Sex or marriage? Haha, I forgot how fun these things are. May they never end.