Cheech Marin, Porn and an Ugly Dog

Up in Smoke.In this episode of the Daedalus Howell Show, actor-comedian Cheech Marin dishes about his former partner Tommy Chong and the lonely process of acting in Pixar’s new animated feature film Cars; Fast Forward: Confessions of a Porn Screenwriter author … Read on.

Ette: The Suffering Suffix

Smurfette?“Ette,” that French-born diminutive suffix, oft maligned as patronizing and sexist, is most often appended to nouns whose referents have been shrunk, imitated, or as frequently, feminized – for example, respectively, cigar to cigarette, leather to leatherette and ranger to … Read on.

SonomaWino: Cline Cellars

We are not sheep, we are lawn mowers.Greeting visitors at Cline Cellars’ tasting-room door is a realistic, life-sized rubber butler, molded from latex and dressed in a tuxedo. He stands eerily motionless, like the pre-Robin Williams post-encephalitic patients in Awakenings. The purpose of the sentry is unclear: … Read on.

Do It Yourself Media Mavens

Bow wow?In this episode of the Daedalus Howell Show, do-it-Yourself media mavens discuss the “making of”: Director Raymond Daigle chats about his film Replica, about a night in the life of corporate copy shop clones; faux French flick director John … Read on.