Great Song


It’s a not a new one, but new to me: the breathtaking cover version of Radiohead’s “Creep” by Scala and Kolacny Bros. (It was used in the trailer for The Social Network.) This rendition by a Belgian girls’ choir packs more of an emotional wallop, in my opinion, than the original. (Caution: It contains hyper-clearly enunciated four-letter words, so NSFW.)

Michael Potemra — Michael Potemra was born in Youngstown, Ohio, in 1964, and spent his childhood years in Montreal, Canada. He received a B.A. in philosophy at the Catholic University of America. He ...

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Fire the FBI Chief

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