John Hodgman's old New York Times advice column -- which transmogrified into a brilliant podcast -- has been restored to its original home, where it provides much-needed color in the Grey Lady's pages.
Cora writes: I think it would be entertaining for my father to dress in drag this Christmas! I would put makeup on him, dress him in a Christmas outfit and have him jump out of a present. He signed a contract I wrote that said, “I, Taylor W., will allow Cora W. to dress me as a woman this Christmas.” He is already trying to wiggle out of it. What can I do?
I admire you for your gumption, Cora. I also fear you. Obviously you know that your father is a human with dignity, not your ‘‘Twilight Zone’’-style plaything (unless you live in Park Slope, of course). Still, you were smart enough to get him to sign a contract — which is, as they say, a contract. Your father must uphold his end of it.
Yes, Cora, there really is a Judge John Hodgman. And he has come to make your strange Christmas dream come true.
Judge John Hodgman on a Christmas Wish [John Hodgman/NYT]
Amsterdam's Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica (AKA "The Ritman Library) houses more ths 25,000 occult texts, covering "Hermetics, Rosicrucians, Theosophy, alchemy, mysticism, Gnosis and Western Esotericism, Sufism, Kabbalah, Anthroposophy, Catharism, Freemasonry, Manichaeism, Judaica, the Grail, Esotericism, and comparative religion."
The queue area at the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland features a row of changing portraits wherein paintings everyday scenes are revealed as sinister and haunted (originally the effect was done with crossfading slide-projectors; now it's done with an amazing, crisp electroluminiscent effect).
This is my last day at my desk until Labor Day: tomorrow, we're driving to Burning Man to get our annual dirtrave fix! If you're heading to the playa, here's three places and times you can find me:
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