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  1. Taken

    It’s once again time for me to eat a metric ton of riboflavin, do 35 jumping jacks, and make up a song called “I’m a Tugboat, Call Me Mel,” and travel into the land of the not-real to have another interview with a fictional character. Today, I’ve decided to pretend I’m talking to Bryan Mills, the ex-CIA agent father in the Taken films. I caught up with Mr. Mills at a café in Brussels, where he’s been assigned to protect the Czarina of Tokyo. The events occur in real time. Read More »

  2. Bond

    As part of my newly-ongoing series of interviews with fictional characters, I’ve gone back in time using a judicious consumption of Cognac and riboflavin to meet with one of the best loved heroes in modern storytelling: super secret agent, James Bond 007. I caught up with Mr. Bond in 1967; roughly around the time he thought it was okay and plausible to pretend to be Japanese. Read More »

  3. kidstodaybtw

    A friend of mine, let’s call her Sheryl, has a son who’s 13-years-old. Let’s call him Mark. We try to include Mark in conversation as often as we can. At first I thought this was just for the sake of his self-esteem, but in no time at all I realized that Sheryl was raising a kid who was not only funny, but wise beyond his years. I mean, he’s still very much a 13-year-old; but every now and then Mark spits out one of these nuggets of wisdom that makes me realize that I could stand to learn a thing or two from “Kids Today.”

    So here, in what I hope is only the first installment of a series, I ask Mark what I thought were some basic questions, and get back some rock solid life advice.

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  4. indie

    Imagine for a moment that you’ve spent the last few years working with a small time, practically alone, on a project that you’ve been pouring your heart and soul into. It’s the kind of scenario where you give your every waking moment to the project. Before you know it, the project becomes your identity – your sense of self. You and the project are inexplicably intertwined.

    Once the project’s finished… Then what?

    James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot created Indie Game: The Movie, interviewing independent game developers from all over North America – including Super Meat Boy creator Tommy Refenes, Fez creator Phil Fish, Braid’s Jonathan Blow, and more.

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  5. Jon Hamm proves he’s a much better man than Don Draper in this episode of Rookie‘s Ask a Grown Man. If you liked that, BJ Novak‘s advice is pretty great too.

  6. gary gorilla

    I was abroad looking for the next big story for Modern Primate when a local told me about a gorilla who lives alone in the wild. Gorillas almost never live solitary lives, so I decided to check it out for myself. Apparently some researchers who were also fascinated by this rare specimen had taught him a very basic vocabulary. He had a board with several dozen symbols on them, and he spoke by pointing to symbols in sequence. I ventured into the jungle and managed to find Gary the Gorilla, and what follows is my best attempt to translate my interview with him.

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