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Groundhog Day

by Patrick on February 2, 2010

I woke up with a brilliant idea:  I was going to make the entire internet repeat itself so that it appeared exactly the same as it was yesterday.  The problem is that I couldn’t get everyone else to go along with it.  The other sites, they have no sense of humor.  “We have news to […]


Book News Before Thanksgiving

by Patrick on November 25, 2009

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a day we all gather to celebrate the core American values that Sarah Palin is always talking about:  football, turkey and napping in the afternoon.  I will be preparing a Maple Pecan Pie (with bourbon!) from the most ambitious cookbook I own, the difficult but rewarding Tartine.  It should be fun (eating […]

Eating Animals Part 1: The Farmer’s Market

by Patrick on November 2, 2009

This Sunday, Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, will present his new book Eating Animals at Vroman’s Bookstore.  Eating Animals is an exploration of how and why he became a vegetarian, and it investigates factory farming, modern slaughterhouses, industrial agriculture and much more.  It’s a more personal […]


We Need More Videos About Books

by Patrick on June 5, 2009

A couple of days ago on Twitter, I found myself lamenting the demise of Titlepage, Dan Menaker’s far too short-lived book-focused internet talk show.  (I’ve blogged about it here.)  Titlepage is gone because they couldn’t get funding.  I think it represents an interesting case study of where content might be headed in the future.  Here’s […]


Flip It!

by Patrick on May 14, 2009

Vroman’s is now selling the popular Flip Camera, a camera so easy, even I can use it.  Check out the goofy ad we made, featuring some truly atrocious acting by yours truly. [vimeo][/vimeo]

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Best of Pasadena: Comics Factory

by Patrick on April 9, 2009

The second in our series of “Best of Pasadena” videos features the Best Comic Book Store in Pasadena, Comics Factory.  In this video, store manager Sean Jackson talks about the evolution of comic shops, the rise of manga and recommends a few titles, as well.  It’s a little bit longer than some of the other […]