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Smell Of Books

Smell of Books Fails the Sniff Test

The latest innovation in ebook technology isn’t digital. It’s aerosol. At least, that’s what the DuroSport Corporation would have us believe. The company has just released an “aerosol ebook enhancer” called Smell of Books. The first question that comes to mind is, why? Who would possibly want the smell of books in a can? Apparently, …

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Jonathan Richman

Jonathan Richman and a Janitor Walk Into a Bar…

Recorded in 1987, this is one of the more unusual Jonathan Richman interviews you will ever hear. How unusual? Well, I think it’s safe to say that this is probably the first and only time a janitor ever interviewed Jonathan Richman. Of course, we call them maintenance engineers these days, but back in the Reagan era, things weren’t so politically correct.

Screaming Jay Hawkins

Screamin’ Jay Is a Wild Man, So Bug Off!

This edition of Medialoper’s occasional podcast features an interview with the legendary blues singer Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. Unfortunately, Jay passed away in February of 2000, but I was fortunate enough to spend an afternoon with him in October 1987.


The Gingrich Who Stole Second Life

When Newt Gingrich strolled up to the podium on the steps of the virtual Capitol Hill last week, it was almost like any other Washington press event. The differences were subtle but noticeable to the trained eye: Gingrich looked 30 pounds lighter, protesters were levitating fifty feet above the ground, and the audience was just a tad bit furrier than the typical Beltway insider.

Such is the nature of politics in Second Life.

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