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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #29 The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply flawed novel. The central high school romance, between a gawky freshman guy and a popular senior girl, is implausible wish-fulfillment. Its conflicts are often short and choppy, and the plot is driven by a laundry list of hot-button adolescence issues: suicide, abuse, drugs, closeted homosexuality, etc.…

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The Top 50 Disney Songs

There are few things we at Earn This love more than a good musical — particularly a well-animated or -choreagraphed Disney musical. “Let It Go” has yet to thaw from the Billboard Top 10, and we’re creeping up on the 25th anniversary of The Little Mermaid, a film that launched a thousand Buzzfeed “only 90s kids” articles.…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #30 How I Met Your Mother

Kids, I’ve long wanted to write a retrospective of How I Met Your Mother for this site. Then Grant wrote one and, of course, it’s fantastic and way better than what I would have written. But I’ll take a crack at it, even though I no longer feel pressure to hit all the major points:…

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Mix This: Rainy Day Songs

In our latest mixtape, Brian, Colton, Dan, and Grant have selected some of their favorite songs to listen to on rainy days. As usual, we’ve included a Spotify playlist for you to listen to as you read. Click play on the YouTube video above for full effect. The Doors – Riders on the Storm One of…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #31 The Dark Knight Trilogy

My brain is kind of fried and scattered right now, so this is not going to be the most cohesive of posts. In fact, I’m not even going to try. This entire post is going to be a series of mini-articles and lists. Enjoy! Six Reasons Batman is Intrinsically Awesome and Badass 1. He’s a…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #32 Oasis

I sat down to my computer last week, ready to write the next entry in my Top 100. “Oasis? I can probably sum up my feelings in — what, 1200 words? 1500?” But, remember: I always a) underestimate things, and b) overdo things. So here I am sitting with almost 4000 words about one of my favorite…

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Oasis Retrospective 1996-2009: A sound so very loud that no one can hear

READ PART 1 OF THIS ARTICLE: Oasis Retrospective 1991-1995 During 1996, Oasis continued to blow up, selling out a quarter million-attendance concert and climbing the charts with each single. But the band was on the verge of combustion: Liam routinely skipped concerts for the hell of it, leaving Noel with vocal duties. Noel (not for the first…