- The Saturday Evening Post’s Troy Brownfield on the Louisville Jack O’Lantern Spectacular.
- Thrillist has the most popular Halloween costumes for 2018. The most popular: Fortnite (it’s a video game).
- The new Halloween sequel is making a lot of money. Here’s what the ending means (yes, with spoilers). I’m just confused as to why this sequel has the same title as the original.
- Turner Classic Movies is having a scary movie marathon all day on Halloween.
- Barnes & Noble has a list of the 25 most terrifying novels of all-time.
- If you’re looking for something a little different to make for Halloween, how about a Frankenshake or a Bride of Frankenshake?
First, a thank you and hello to all of the new visitors I’ve had this week. I’ve discovered that the secret to getting tons of traffic is to put “Matt Damon” and “SNL” in the headline.
Second, today is the 16th birthday of Professor Barnhardt’s Journal. It’s more of a blog now instead of the magazine-like format it used to have, with essays and interviews and fiction and theme issues. Here’s our very first issue, Why I Write, with essays from Roger Ebert, Lawrence Block, T.C. Boyle, John Scalzi, and others.
(And here’s more, from last year’s 15th anniversary post.)
Sometimes you’re surfing around and see something that just makes you say…”wow.” Here’s Rock Hudson and Bea Arthur singing a song about drugs. It’s from Arthur’s 1980 TV special.
- At The Saturday Evening, Post, Troy Brownfield has a piece on 75 years of Batman on the big screen.
- Veteran Boston newsman Clark Booth died this week. He wrote his own obituary.
- Long live credit card signatures!
- CBS’s John Dickerson on turning 50.
- You can read this article on why people procrastinate, or you can just bookmark it to read later.
- For National Cowboy Day, Dinner Is Served 1972 has a recipe for Elvis Presley’s Chicken Supper Skillet.
Bruce Campbell is an old friend of Professor Barnhardt’s (I interviewed back him in 2003 and 2008), and while surfing around the web the other day I came across these local commercials he did back in the mid-80’s. That’s Ted Raimi in the first one.
- The lost art of the phone call.
- Joseph Epstein on profanity.
- The New Yorker has a profile of comedian Bo Burnham.
- Writers and their typewriters.
- For some reason, TV Shows on DVD has stopped their site and moved everything over to Facebook and Twitter.
- Kanye tweet or advertising slogan?
- For the 4th, maybe you can make this Blue Cheese Slaw from Dinner Is Served 1972 (and I agree with her about the heat).