Author Tom Perrotta on The Leftovers and Lord of the Rings

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Tom Perrotta talks about his novel and new HBO show The Leftovers, why his nickname in high school was Frodo and what he learned from a summer working as a garbage collector. Plus a nerd confession about a Tinder match gone awry because of Game of Thrones. 

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After Water Fiction: The Floating City of New Chicago

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(Photo by Tricia Bobeda) 

         Jon knew, but he couldn’t say.

        They were having the same argument they had just about every morning after enough drinks and enough time had passed.

         Was it there? Or wasn’t it?

         Tomas had burst into the bar saying he saw a delivery drone over the lake. Headed due east from downtown. That set Eddie off.

          “The island is there. The island is there and it’s time we did something about it. It’s not right. It’s not right for them to be out there while the rest of us sweat. Sweat and beg and steal to survive. It’s not right.”

          Eddie gestured wildly, talking to no one in particular but loud enough so everyone could hear.

          Some people laughed. Some shook their heads, never looking up from their spiked soylent smoothies.

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Richard Linklater on Boyhood and the Facebook generation

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Richard Linklater explains why it took 12 years to make his new film. Plus, Dan Weissmann from Marketplace on why killing comic characters is good business. Then Lauren Chooljian takes a road trip to meet Detroit’s McClure brothers with her pickle nerd boyfriend. And your nerd confessions.

Guess who shares a special nerd confession on the next Nerdette Podcast episode? (It’s Tricia’s mom!)

Guess who shares a special nerd confession on the next Nerdette Podcast episode? (It’s Tricia’s mom!)

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Tumblr Tuesday: Googly EyesThe Dust Bowl era of the 1930s was brought to an end with the introduction of one simple tool: the googly eye. Today we celebrate.
Googly Eye BooksYou might find no greater comfort than reclining in your chaise longue, glass of pinot in hand, indulging in Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostgooglyeyevsky. 
Project GooglyThere’s lowercase-a “art” and there’s uppercase-A “Art” and then there’s all-capitals “ART” and then there’s Project Googly.
Metal Albums with Googly EyesCounterintuitive to the metal aesthetic, but wookit wittle Lars Ulrich. Wook it him.  
Googly Eyed SurpriseA mint-condition issue of the acclaimed comic Mars Attacks the Holidays is now ruined by googly eyes. Is nothing sacred?
Googly Eyes on My StuffImagine a world of sentient onion rings. How they screamed in the deep fryer, how they shrieked as your first bite crunched into their crisped skin.
Photo via googlyeyesonmystuff

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Tumblr Tuesday: Googly Eyes
The Dust Bowl era of the 1930s was brought to an end with the introduction of one simple tool: the googly eye. Today we celebrate.

Googly Eye Books
You might find no greater comfort than reclining in your chaise longue, glass of pinot in hand, indulging in Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostgooglyeyevsky

Project Googly
There’s lowercase-a “art” and there’s uppercase-A “Art” and then there’s all-capitals “ART” and then there’s Project Googly.

Metal Albums with Googly Eyes
Counterintuitive to the metal aesthetic, but wookit wittle Lars Ulrich. Wook it him.  

Googly Eyed Surprise
A mint-condition issue of the acclaimed comic Mars Attacks the Holidays is now ruined by googly eyes. Is nothing sacred?

Googly Eyes on My Stuff
Imagine a world of sentient onion rings. How they screamed in the deep fryer, how they shrieked as your first bite crunched into their crisped skin.

Photo via googlyeyesonmystuff