Sundance 2008: Faraway (So Close)

There was nothing between The Edge, Bono and me except Jerry Penacoli. Incidentally, the Xtra correspondent is not a small man. I’m gonna’ wager 6′ 4″, 225. Nor was he very happy with me at the moment. The “U23D” red carpet was the...

(The Angels Want To Wear My) Red Shoes

A colleague with whom I’ve been corresponding a fair amount of late has an oddly thought provoking email signature. Email signatures are odd little birds in their own right. In the age of digital aesthetic homogeny (I mean, let’s be honest: all we really...

Leisure Rules

My promotion was announced today. “MTV News Digital, which began as a single website, has blossomed into nearly a dozen destinations and products, including News’ user-generated You R Here vertical, Movies site, the video game and talent blogs, mobile news...

Turn And Face The Strange

‘Oh jeez,’ I thought. ‘Here come the trust falls.’ The air was warm and unmoving. The conference room was ringed with tables and executives, all of whom stood and partnered off as directed. “Take a good, hard look at one another,” the facilitator said, “And then turn...

Head In Heaven / Fingers In The Mire

What would you do if, in the middle of a perfectly normal day, your hero walked into the room? I’ve read some 1182 pages about the man in the last three months alone. I watched “Live From Sydney,” “Live From Chicago,” “Rattle &...