Author: Robin Monica Alexander

Robin Monica is a playwright, filmmaker, teacher, wannabe cabaret star and professional New Yorker.
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Music, Popdose Flashback '91

Popdose Flashback ’91: Big Audio Dynamite II, “The Globe”

No one could top the Clash, so Mick Jones didn't try...instead, he forged his own path with the brainy dance music of Big Audio Dynamite....

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Music, Random Play

Random Play: The Smiths, “The Queen Is Dead”

Bigmouth strikes again: Robin Monica meets you at the cemetry gates to observe the 25th anniversary of the seminal British album....

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Consumerism, Random Play

Random Play: Shake Shack

Robin Monica Alexander takes a momentary break from pigging out at the Shake Shack to explain, in the latest "Random Play," why you should...

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Random Play, Theatre

Random Play: “Angels in America”

The millennium has come and gone, but "Angels in America" is eternal. Robin Monica Alexander retraces its twenty-year history in a new...

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Music, Random Play

Random Play: Yo Majesty

In the latest Random Play, Robin Monica Alexander explains how hip-hop group Yo Majesty is as American as apple f***in' pie....

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Current Events, Random Play

Random Play: “Born This Way”

Still unsure whether kids are born gay? Robin Monica Alexander spotlights a new blog whose emphatic and adorable response is yes....

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Consumerism, Random Play

Random Play: Vodka

Robin Monica Alexander drinks Stoli and devotes the last Random Play of 2010 to her favorite variety of booze....

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Random Play, Theatre

Random Play: “The Merchant of Venice”

Robin Monica Alexander loves Shakespeare, but she hates racism more. In the latest Random Play, she asks why we keep making excuses for...

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Consumerism, Random Play

Random Play: McRib

Pork, pickles, barbecue sauce and a bun: it's the McRib! And it's back! Robin Monica Alexander analyzes its mysterious appeal in the latest...

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Random Play, Television

Random Play: Greg Giraldo

Random Play remembers Greg Giraldo, a Harvard Law School grad who put his education to use telling jokes about Viagra, drug addiction,...

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Television, TV Reviews

Popdose Reviews of the New Fall TV Season: “Law & Order: Los Angeles”

The real surprise is the solid, subtle work of Ulrich, whose name was the most distinctive thing about him on the big screen. He puts that...

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Consumerism, Junk Food, Random Play

Random Play: The Hostess Chocodile

Twinkie dipped in chocolate, or dessert of the gods? In her latest Random Play, Robin Monica Alexander sings the praises of the Chocodile....

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Music, Popdose Flashback '90

Popdose Flashback ’90: Harry Connick Jr., “We Are in Love”

Twenty years ago, Harry Connick shared his recipe for love -- and led a new generation of pop crooners to rediscover some time-tested...

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Random Play, Television

Random Play: “Joanie Loves Chachi”

In which Robin Monica Alexander, who ingested many illegal substances during her childhood, suffers an LSD flashback to the ill-fated...

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Film, Random Play

Random Play: Jews

Why are Jews so freakin' awesome? Robin Monica Alexander investigates in her latest Random Play....

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Random Play, Theatre

Random Play: “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top”

Robin Monica Alexander made it nearly 30 years without seeing Oklahoma -- but as she later discovered, it's never too late to...

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Random Play, Television, TV on DVD

Random Play: “Deadwood”

Join Robin Monica Alexander in a filthy, fascinating world of neurotic gunslingers, psychotic whoremongers, and corpse-eating pigs, won't...

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Film, Random Play

Random Play: River Phoenix

The recent rash of celebrity deaths has Robin Monica Alexander thinking of River Phoenix's untimely demise....

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Books, Random Play

Random Play: “The Clan of the Cave Bear”

What's a cave bear, and how many to a clan? We aren't sure, but after reading Robin Monica Alexander's latest column, we want to learn....

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Music, Popdose Flashback '90

Popdose Flashback ’90: They Might Be Giants, “Flood”

This is where the party ends, 'cause we can't stand here listening to They Might Be Giants' Flood turning 20 years old....

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Film, Random Play

Random Play: Monarchy

Like many of you, I went out to the movies during the holidays. Maybe we saw some of the same films…Avatar, right? Sherlock Holmes? And...

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Film, Random Play

Random Play: Alvin and the Chipmunks

When the 2007 live action-animation hybrid movie of Alvin and the Chipmunks made $60 million in its opening weekend, it took people by...

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Music, Random Play

Random Play: Sting (in the ’80s)

There have been a lot of boys, and men, whose pictures I have torn out of magazines for my personal use. The first may have been Michael...

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Film, Random Play

Random Play: “Irreconcilable Differences”

Robin Monica Alexander delves into the psychology of guilty pleasures, and recalls her childhood fascination over the movie "Irreconcilable...

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Random Play, Television

Random Play: “Robotech”

I barely knew him. Yet here I was, on a cold Tuesday night, at his apartment. We had had a drink or two at the bar/lounge/restaurant down...

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Books, Random Play

Random Play: V.C. Andrews, “Flowers in the Attic”

Join our newest writer, Robin Monica Alexander, as she takes you on a genre and era-bouncing trip through pop culture -- today, she looks...