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Hi everyone, Welcome back, and a happy Friday the 13th to you all! I'm still under the weather, but BDH and Little Buddha have been doing a great job of looking after me. They offered to go to the store later today to pick up some stuff we need. I said that was awfully kind of them, but it would be good for me to get some fresh air at some point, especially since it's supposed to be in the 60's today. They agreed with that, so we decided that what they could do instead would be to make some... Read more →

Hi everyone, Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. Glad to see you have your umbrellas, it looks like it's going to be a wet one out there today. That's okay, it's good for the Clutter Tree and the garden. How's your week going so far? No complaints on this end, especially since BDH and Little Buddha just said the coffee is ready. Help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Wednesday Clutter. Alex van der Zwann became the first recipient of a sentence in the Mueller probe. He was sentenced to 30 days in... Read more →

Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? Sorry it's a little bit cold in here right now, but the heat should be kicking in soon. A weatherman we follow on Twitter wrote something about it probably wouldn't really feel like spring until mid-April. We can handle that, right? Did you have a good weekend? I did a little spring cleaning around Clutter Headquarters. There's more to be done, but it felt good to get started. Other than that, the rest of the weekend was mostly about admiring the tulip tips and other plants that are peeking through the ground, so... Read more →

Bob Tewksbury was a substitute teacher for a day at my elementary school in a small New Hampshire town in the winter of 1982-1983. The school was abuzz with the news that the sub teaching 6th grade was a minor league baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees. Yes, we were excited, even though he played for the dreaded Yankees. Our teachers, aware of our distraction, told us we had to focus for the rest of the day, and then we could ask Tewksbury for autographs after school ended. There was a long line of students standing outside the classroom,... Read more →

Sitting down and finally reading Neil Gaiman's legendary Sandman series was one of the smartest things we've done here in recent years. This tale of a god-like figure known as Dream or Morpheous, and his family ( Destiny, Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, and Destruction) was mesmerizing. (It also messed with our dreaming for a few months afterwards.) The story-lines were dark and a unique blend of genres, and the art was beautiful. We were torn between being in a rush to see what happened on the next page, vs. not wanting the epic saga to end, but despite our best... Read more →

Hearing that an actor wrote a collection of short stories may not interest some people. The immediate reaction might be something along the lines of, "That sounds like a vanity project. Just because someone is good at following a script doesn't mean that they'll be good at writing. Why should I spend my time on that?" Seems reasonable. The only catch here is that it turns out that Tom Hanks is an entertaining writer, and his new book, Uncommon Type: Some Stories, is a collection of imaginative and engaging short stories. The stories are all linked by the appearance of... Read more →

The odds are good that Marc Maron has hung out with many more famous people in his garage than you have in yours. Maron, a stand-up comedian, actor, and author, is also the host of the WTF with Marc Maron podcast, where he interviews folks like former President Barack Obama, Will Farrell, Bruce Springsteen, Amy Schumer, Conan O'Brien, Louis C.K., and Robin Williams, just to name a few. Maron has been hosting WTF since 2009, and he's put together a collection of stories from the show in his new book, Waiting for the Punch: Words to Live by From the... Read more →

Are you convinced that the world is filled with terrible people who seem to have no other purpose than to spend each day demonstrating how annoying they are and making your day worse? Comedian Jim Florentine is with you, and he calls those idiots out in his new book, Everybody is Awful: (Except You!) Florentine, the creator of Crank Yankers, former co-host of That Metal Show, podcaster, and successful actor, among other things, lays waste to the fools that annoy him, and there are a lot of fools that annoy him. The book begins by focusing on stupid Facebook users.... Read more →

Andy Kaufman is remembered as a creative comedian who immersed himself in his various personas to the point that the audience often couldn't tell what was entertainment and what was reality. He could lip-sync to the Mighty Mouse theme song, act like a confused immigrant on Taxi, berate the crowds as Tony Clifton, or work those audiences into a frenzied lather as a pro wrestling villain with a commitment that few performers could ever dream of matching. Who was this chameleon? Graphic novelist Box Brown attempts to answer that question with his new book, Is This Guy For Real? The... Read more →

Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? A certain someone on our staff has a birthday coming up soon. BDH has been working on his wish list with Little Buddha. Neither of them will tell me what's on it so far. I'm happy to get almost anything he wants, because he's a rock star who deserves the world. I just hope he's not going to ask for a llama again. Other than that, it's business as usual around here at the moment. The guys just said that the coffee is ready, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and... Read more →