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Author Cheryl Strayed has been revealed as the real live human behind The Rumpus' advice column "Dear Sugar," a persona that has taken on a life of its own as readers have become addicted to the previously anonymous author's humor and tantalizing personal revelations. Even now that the cat's out of the bag, Strayed (who is the author of the forthcoming Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things) has decreed that the column will continue unchanged.
Thanks to a chilling new architecture design student project, the genetically engineered fast food product that Margaret Atwood invented for Oryx and Crake -- an all-drumsticks life form known as "ChickieNobs" -- seems more possible than ever before. André Ford argues that his system, in which chickens are raised Matrix-style, minus their brains and feet, may actually be more merciful than current agricultural practices. It certainly makes one think ... about hitting the salad bar instead.
Yet another visionary has created a mash-up of John Grisham's "A Time To Kill" in which the late Ernest P. Worrell (Jim Varney) is sitting in the jury for the famous courtroom scene. I feel stupider, and yet I am entertained!
Hugh Grant is boasting that he plays six different "incredibly evil" characters in the Cloud Atlas adaptation. Is this sort of like that time that Whoopi Goldberg played twenty different characters in the movie "New Year's Eve"?