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A Mockingbird Guide to 10 Current Colloquialisms

A Mockingbird Guide to 10 Current Colloquialisms

Compiled by Friends of Mockingbird John and Anne Nolon, Liz and Duo Dickinson, Betsy and Larry Roadman, Paul and Mary Zahl, and The Rev. Nancy W. Hanna:

1) “It’s all good.”
Meaning: It’s not all good, something has gone badly amiss. And I absolutely don’t want to admit it.

2) “It is what it is.”
Meaning: I can’t stand this particular situation I’m in. Actually, I hate it and don’t want to talk about it.

3) “Yuh think?!”
Meaning: I want you to agree with me, but don’t want you to think I think I’m smarter than you are. Though I do!

4) “Perfect!”
Meaning: This is fine,…

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A Quick Calvin and Hobbes

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“I’m Stupid!”: The Unexpected Humor in Ridley Scott’s The Martian

“I’m Stupid!”: The Unexpected Humor in Ridley Scott’s The Martian

I guess I had a lot of loosely-defined expectations coming into Ridley Scott’s The Martian (based on the book by Andrew Weir). I was expecting it to be more like his other somewhat weighty titles, like Exodus: Gods and Kings, Prometheus, and Kingdom of Heaven, all of which, whatever their merits, remain relatively exhausting in both scope and force. I was expecting it to be emotional and draining, partly because Castaway was emotional and draining, and this was supposed to be Castaway in space. I also had the vague sense that this would be Interstellar Part II and that it would maintain the head-scratching mystique of a Nolan…

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The Scars Are All Healing, But My Heart Never Will: Weird Al’s Surprising Melancholy

The Scars Are All Healing, But My Heart Never Will: Weird Al’s Surprising Melancholy

From our friend Tim Peoples:

Weird Al is America’s favorite parodist and polka enthusiast, but he is less appreciated for his deeply sad songs about love. It should surprise no one that a parodist has no sincere love songs (so far as I know), but the intensity of his negative lyrics was jarring once I noticed it.

The prototypical example is “You Don’t Love Me Anymore”:

You slammed my face down on the barbecue grill
Now my scars are all healing, but my heart never will
You set my house on fire
You pulled out my chest hairs with an old pair of pliers…

Oh, you know…

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The Mad Genius of Mindy Kaling

The Mad Genius of Mindy Kaling

Before her character on The Mindy Project even declared, “Its hard being my own role model” or that her Spirit Warrior is named, “Beyoncé Pad Thai,” I was a huge Mindy Kaling fan. For starters, her involvement on The Office is highly undervalued. Sure, she played the crazy fun Kelly Kapoor. But did you know she co-wrote the Niagara episode? People, that’s the stuff of American television legends.

I know a few people who do not like Mindy Kaling. They complain about her voice being too high pitched (is that a reason to not like people now?) or that her humor…

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“In Your Guts, You Know You’re Nuts”: Amends by Eve Tushnet

“In Your Guts, You Know You’re Nuts”: Amends by Eve Tushnet

In her hilarious first novel, Amends, released this past August, Eve Tushnet brings together a lively troupe of totally unhinged characters to participate in a reality TV show about addiction. The novel’s “talent” (the cast) lugs around dark histories and fears and sins, but their instability makes them not only interesting but also completely approachable. Reading about screw-ups is always healthy: you’ll be reminded of the refreshing axiom that ‘no one is perfect,’ or at least that you aren’t as messed up as these guys, thank God. Featuring a wolf-girl, a confessional with a camera, some dangerously hard apologies, and any number of avant-garde sexualities, this…

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Introducing Covetton House

Talk about a gift that keeps on giving! And this particular gift couldn’t be more timely, given Jeff’s post on The Century of the Self yesterday. Some of you may want to fast forward to the 3 minute mark.

That Time Johann Tetzel Got Played

This cracked me up, though who knows if it’s the equivalent of 16th century hearsay/urban legend. It’s a story that Martin Luther tells (Luthers Schriften, herausg. von Walch. XV, 446) about Johann Tetzel, the Dominican friar who served as the Grand Commissioner of Indulgences at the turn of the 16th Century in Germany, the man most often cast as the villain in the Luther story:

e1871ae5f9cb9a527f0d8c0b16d7417eAfter [Johann] Tetzel had received a substantial amount of money at Leipzig, a nobleman asked him if it were possible to receive a letter of indulgence for a future sin. Tetzel quickly answered in the affirmative, insisting, however, that the payment had to made at once. This the nobleman did, receiving thereupon letter and seal from Tetzel. When Tetzel left Leipzig the nobleman attacked him along the way, gave him a thorough beating, and sent him back empty-handed to Leipzig with the comment that this was the future sin which he had in mind. Duke George at first was quite furious about this incident, but when he heard the whole story he let it go without punishing the nobleman.

A Quick Calvin and Hobbes

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From The New Yorker

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Mockingbird: Bringing You The (Swedish Yacht-Funk) Gospel, Pt 43

From the Onion: Actual Problem A Nice Change of Pace for Anxious Man

From the Onion: Actual Problem A Nice Change of Pace for Anxious Man

NEW YORK—After his laptop suddenly stopped working earlier this week, chronically anxious man Henry Geller, 36, confirmed to reporters how nice it was to have an actual problem to worry about for a change. “I’ve got to say, it’s pretty refreshing to obsessively agonize over a real, concrete issue instead of some artificial mental construction,” said Geller, pointing out how much of a pleasure it has been to explain his problem to other people and, in response, hear them agree that he’s facing a difficult predicament rather than offering repeated assurances that the concern is solely in his head. “This…

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