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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: “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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Random Play, Television

Random Play: “Guiding Light” (Part 2)

Like Reva Shayne coming back from the dead, Kelly Stitzel and Robin Monica Alexander aren't quite done with their tribute to the...

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Random Play, Television

Random Play: “Guiding Light” (Part 1)

Springfield's lighthouse no longer shines, but memories of Guiding Light, the longest-running soap opera in history, still burn...

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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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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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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: “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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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: “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...