What influenced The Simpsons – Marge vs. The Monorail?

We’re happy to welcome our first guest post from culture afficianado and all-around great guy Garrett Brooks.  Today Garrett will cover The Simpsons – Marge vs. The Monorail. The Simpsons has been on the air in one form or another for longer than I have been a person. Since premiering as its own show onContinue reading “What influenced The Simpsons – Marge vs. The Monorail?”

Future topic guide – Vol. 1

Always fun to see what Google thinks you are going to search for.  We just typed “what influenced” and autofill kicked in from there.  We guess the public is telling us what we should cover with the blog: Also should note that we did this same search this morning and Elvis Presley was the firstContinue reading “Future topic guide – Vol. 1”

What influenced Bruce Springsteen?

Let’s start with Bruce Springsteen, for a few reasons.  First: it was my first concert ever, in 1985, 10th row at Giants Stadium, and I was 9 years old.  More on that in a future post but let’s just say it was fucking awesome.  Second: he’s very well-documented, has been interviewed a thousand times, andContinue reading “What influenced Bruce Springsteen?”

Dennis Farina: 1944-2013

Our hearts go out to Dennis Farina’s family today.  He’s a cultural icon, having walked this fine line between perfectly-plausible gangster and perfectly-plausible cop for so many years.  We didn’t know that much about him until the outpouring of retrospectives today, and Vulture’s take was most striking, from the influenced.it perspective.   Matt Zoller SeitzContinue reading “Dennis Farina: 1944-2013”