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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #23 Eve 6

If you’ve been reading Earn This, you’ve known from the start that I have a minor obsession with this trio from La Crescenta-Montrose. The second article I ever wrote for Earn This was a (poorly written) review of It’s All In Your Head, which is still one of my ten or fifteen favorite albums in…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #24 Community

Some shows, like Parks and Recreation and Game of Thrones, remind me of summer storms. You know exactly what you’re in for as soon as you see the first gray clouds: First it’ll become overcast, then rainy, then windy, then you’ll get a few minutes of heavy thunder and lightning, then a pleasant post-precipitation humidity…

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Pokemon Movies Retrospective: Ruler of Illusions – Zoroark (2010)

  This is an entry in the Pokemon Movies Retrospective Movie #13: Zoroark – Master of Illusions “Your game of chase was rather amusing. However, I foresaw this happening!” – Grings Kodai (Japanese dub) Zoroark – Master of Illusions, known in Japan as「幻影の覇者 ゾロアーク」(lit. “Ruler of Illusions: Zoroark”), premiered in Japanese theaters on July 10, 2010, coming…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #25 Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation had all sorts of warning signs around it when it debuted in 2009. It was pitched as a spinoff of The Office, which was currently at the end of its peak in Season 5. This was an idea that seemed like a really bad one at the time (and seemed even worse…

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Dan’s BOTTOM Everything: Dragon Age II

When it came time to come up with a third and final thing to suffer the wrath of my quarterly “BOTTOM Everything” post, I tried to single out the thing that most DISAPPOINTED me. And the one that hurt me the most, I think, was Dragon Age II. It’s not that DA2 is strictly a BAD game.…

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My 10 Favorite Summertime Albums

I can’t lie—I’ve been accused of wallowing in depressing music more than is probably healthy for a (moderately) well-adjusted person.  I consider myself both happy and positive (when I’m not reviewing a terrible movie), but my thirst for drama in music is often sated by tortured romanticism, sepulchral synths, self-paralyzing lyrics, the works. But it’s…

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Exclusive Interview with Author Christie Cote

This past April, I participated in Camp NaNoWriMo, an online writing challenge to set and meet a monthly writing word count goal with the support and encouragement of some fellow “campers.” My group — or “cabin” — of writers included several fascinating people and talented writers I’m now happy to call my friends. One of my…

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Thistory

Since 2009, Earn This has written in-depth retrospectives of some of our favorite musical artists, TV shows, and movie series. We’ve collected them on this page under the banner of “Thistory” (Earn This + History? Get it?). These critical narratives explore the history and development of distinct creative voices. We love learning all about our favorite…

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The Time Dave Elkins Played in My Living Room

Prelude to a Dream This is the story of my best birthday present ever.  One of the hallmarks of adulthood is realizing that paychecks allow you to buy yourself gifts; and who knows you better than you?  Armed with a modest but steady income, on the eve of my quarter-century day, I made an investment…