Deep-fried Romantic

  • Deep-Fried Romantic Rocks the House

    An unexpected road trip brings Brian to the House on the Rock, inspiring a column that looks at the idea of "EPIC" defined, for better or worse.

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    Amongst Kaszubes

    This week, we forgo the easy target of the Wisconsin State Fair and instead crash the annual Polish reunion on Jones Island.

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    The end of potluck dinner as we know it

    Does anybody remember the days when tables of homemade food went on without end? Because it sure doesn't happen now.

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    RIP, Harvey Pekar

    America, in all its splendor and gritty everyday minutiae, perhaps doesn't realize the loss as it loses its most honest and critical eye.

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    a Tamarack Grows in Milwaukee

    Milwaukee used to be rife with high, sandy cliffs and strange, deciduous trees. Whither the pine beauty now?

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    the mental vacation edition

    It's summer, so this installment digests some of the season's most relevant low-culture issues -- like road construction and plaid shorts.

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    Tis the Season for cruising

    As the great surge at Milwaukee's lakefront recently proved, everyone's favorite people (and car) watching activity has not disappeared into low culture history.

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    Scouting and Modern Warfare 2

    The Boy Scouts of America quietly introduce a new belt loop patch for Video Games. It's not as exciting as it sounds, but that doesn't stop the blogosphere and media from having a jamboree with it.

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    On Mosquitoes and Cinema

    Southeast Wisconsin's Drive-In movie theaters are open once again -- and following a financial cue from the multiplex giants.

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    the Best Place in Milwaukee

    "Art there, beer here," cries Jim Haertel out the door of his new tavern in the old Pabst Brewery. It was a sneak preview we can't believe.

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    The United States of Plastic

    An excavation of two wallets, several business card folios and a tin reveals a card for everything.

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    Just don’t call it Generic

    The rebirth and rebranding of America's favorite way to shop for goods without all that marketing. Well, less of it anyway.