Need to move somewhere with sunshine and friendly faces
think i’m getting sick. boo
Don’t fuck with me. I will get you fired. I hope you learned your lesson bitch.
Doormouse. Photo by amylewis
By Alex Smith
Cultural trends, just like fashion, come and go in cycles. Vampires have been played out. Zombies have almost run their course but are slowly trudging on, fittingly so. And now, fairy tales seem to have reclaimed king of the genre hill.
Everywhere you look another classic tale is being retold, remade, reimagined. On television, there’s NBC’s Grimm, ABC’s Once, CW’s Beauty and the Beast, and who knows what else is in development as other networks look to join in. In film, we’ve seen Red Riding Hood, Snow White and the Huntsmen, Jack and the Giant Slayer, Hansel and Gretel: the Witch Hunters, and I could go on and on but I think you probably get it.
As each trailer comes out and each show premieres, we can hear the collective groans. Another remake? Another retelling? Didn’t we just see Snow White last year? Why are there no original ideas in Hollywood anymore? Some of these concerns have merit. Most don’t. Yeah, you probably did just see Snow White recently. And sure this film won’t live up to how you imagined the story as a kid or the Disney movie you watched over and over again. And maybe there is a lack of originality in Hollywood, but these movies are not indicative of that. These fairy tales have been around for ages. Walt Disney wasn’t the original creator of these characters and he wasn’t exactly paying royalty checks to the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson either.
In fact, just like Disney, the Brothers Grimm were simply updating and modernizing folk tales that have been told for who knows how long. It really depends on each story. And as they wrote them down, they added their own takes and twists fitting for their time. So, it really makes sense that we’ll continue to see new versions as there is always room for new interpretations of these now classic and time-tested stories as they are updated for modern audiences and sensibilities.
If you’re interested in these characters and these fantasy worlds, it certainly can become a chore to see them all and really find the best versions. Luckily, you really don’t have to. All you have to do is read Fables, a comic book by Bill Willingham and put out by Vertigo Comics, an imprint of DC Comics for comic books with more mature themes and content. Yes, more mature content and themes, which seems to be the unifying thread in all the recent remakes. Graphic violence. Increased sexuality. Must be our modern sensibilities.
I’m constantly torn between the ‘be kind to everyone’ and the ‘fuck everyone you owe them nothing’ mentalities
Interspecies friendships are the cutests thing ever. Period.
Cutest thing ever
Corned Beef Hash Skillet with 2 Eggs and Biscuit.
Arcadia Diner, South Burlington, Vermont. March 12, 2013.
A couple of minutes away from Burlington’s airport lies the epitome of the classic diner, the Arcadia. Once called the Parkway, hence the sign, the Arcadia was founded here by a family of Greek diner owners from Manchester NH. They serve the all-american classics to locals and flyers alike, and it just seems right.
We were tired as hell, coming back from this 6 day sprint through the Carolinas, biting off whole hog bbq, burgers, and grits. We hadn’t slept much before leaving and we sure as hell didn’t sleep much on the way back neither. But hey, it was 10 AM on a damp tuesday morning and we hadn’t eaten since those Firehouse Subs leaving Charleston the day before. So your humble narrator insisted upon his pears that the group stopped for one last meal.
We first aimed at a place called Al’s French Frys we had seen on our way here in the wee hours, and entering the premises, we noticed this was more of a lunch place, with fries and the likes. Fries was not on our mind right now, so we came back towards the airport to the small diner I had seen through the window.
The place was decently filled, always a good sign. Our waitress was very friendly and so was the cook, eavesdropping from behind the counter. My corned beef hash skillet was extraordinary. A delicious blend of salty and greasy ingredients. Some cheddar cheese was also in there, sticking it all together. A grand dish!
Be sure to stop here on your way in or out of BTV.
Can’t believe I never went here. Although my family did