Netflix Arrested Development Trailer – 15 New Episodes You Can P...

Arrested Development, the show you always meant to watch, debuts its fourth season on Netflix. Following the same format as the universally loved House of Cards and the universally opposite-of-loved Hemlock Grove, all fifteen episodes will be available on May 26th. If you’re like most...

THE RYAN DIXON LINE: An Ode to Black Friday [Best of FaN]

Conventional wisdom has it that Thanksgiving is the one day where family and friends reunite, reconnect, and relapse over a grocery-store-bought feast of turkey, stuffing and wine. Football is watched. Happy tears are shed. Everlasting memories are made. Balderdash. Come on, admit it, if I...

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark – Flopocalypse Now [The Ryan Dixon...

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has yet to kill anyone, but could it end up murdering the Broadway Flop? No show in Broadway history has ever battled through such a dizzying array of troubles as Spider-Man: Turn Off Dark. The buzz hasn’t just been bad, it’s been genocidal.  And like the war in...

THE RYAN DIXON LINE: Dangling by a thread – SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF...

“The Ancient Greeks reserved a special word for the sort of arrogance that makes you forget your own humanity. That word was Hubris.” — From an introductory essay included in the Playbill of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Note to Julie Taymor, Bono and The Edge: When...

FIERCE ANTICIPATION: December 3-5 [BOOK WEEK 2!]

Fierce Anticipation’s 1st Annual Macabre, Morbid, Miserly, and somewhat Murderous Christmas Reading List of 22 Books Selected at Random by Me, Ryan Dixon Need a gift for that not-so-special someone? Read on to discover the perfectly inappropraite book for every Christmas occasion after the...

The Ryan Dixon Line: The Five Reasons Why the McRib is the Greatest Fa...

INTRODUCTION TO THE 2010 EDITION: Why Me? How did an always poor, mostly anonymous and only occasionally witty blogumnist living in Burbank, CA suddenly find himself as the protagonist in a real-life, 21st century Horatio Alger novel? During the past three weeks I’ve been quoted in the...

Procrastinate on This! Like a Boss! [FaN Favorites]

If you’re stuck in the office today, try not to blast this. Though, I know you’ll be tempted… From April 8, 2009 Saturday Night Live is pretty much dead to me. Mainly because it’s been ridiculously unfunny since the election ended, but also because I can no longer stay...

Ask Not What You’re Country Can Do For You… [FaN Favorites...

What better way to end our two week of re-runs than with my original Fierce and Nerdy post? This has been an AWESOME two-week clip show. Thank you all so much for reading and re-reading our FaN Favorites. See you next Tuesday when we unveil the site redesign! From September 7, 2008 Ask not...

Thought Chuck: September 9, 2009 [FaN Favorites]

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, FaN! YOU’RE IN THE TOP 6%! EDITION According to an estimate in Harper’s Weekly, 94% of all blogs worldwide have not been updated in the last 4...

Tall Glass of Shame: TruckNutz [FaN Favorites]

. a favorite blogumn by Zack Bunker Zack Says: I love a good creepy All-American product as much as the next guy, but when i saw these things dangling off a truck in front of me I was stopped in my tracks. The fact that this product even exists and is amazingly popular just makes me giggle. I...

Procrastinate on This! Wassup Arlington! [FaN Favorites]

I’m looking weirdly forward to going to Washington D.C. on my book tour. I haven’t been back for eight years. But I was told this rap parody captures Arlington (where a lot of yuppies who work in DC live) perfectly back when I posted it the first time… From July 1, 2009...

Stay-at-Home Nerd: Baby Names and Me [FaN Favorites]

. a favorite blogumn by Joshua Pullin Josh Says: I like the below piece because it’s the one I get asked about the most. And the longer I live with taking my wife’s last name, the more it feels real. From January 21, 2010 Some day around the age of four or five my son will ask why...

Dear Thursday: Wii’s Just Dance [FaN Favorites]

So, as many of you know, I’m just obsessed with Wii Just Dance. So I’m running my original review of the game and hoping all the things I didn’t like get fixed in the next version. We’ll see… From March 4, 2010 Okay, I’m just an hour away from finishing my...

One More Thing Before We Go: Don’t Have Room For A Piano? [FaN F...

Of all the things I’ve featured for “One More Thing Before We Go,” I think this is the object I want most… From March 22, 2010 Then perhaps you should buy one of these Georg Bohle piano tables. It fits in your dining room and I think it’s kind of genius. Though...

File Under: Things That Make Us (Weirdly) Happy

From Sept. 15 2008 A Facebook Forward from Fierce and Nerdy Contributor Delia...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! My New Love Is Becoming a Demanding Nag [Fa...

I picked this blogumn as a FaN Favorite b/c I’m starting the second draft of the AWESOME GIRL’S GUIDE TO DATING EXTRAORDINARY MEN and have a whole slew of new research to do. But I’m not going to talk to much about it, b/c you know … spoilers. From January 13, 2010 So...

Thought Chuck: July 14 2009 [FaN Favorites]

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron TIME’S A-WASTING EDITION According to a recent Dow Jones report, Americans spent 4.2 billion hours stuck in traffic during 2007 — which equates to one full work week per person. Photo Credit: Kathy...

Book Simple: The Accidental Denizens of Los Angeles [FaN Favorites]

. a favorite blogumn by Amy Brown Amy Says: I’m missing Los Angeles like crazy.  Here are my two favorites LA reads in rerun. From February 2, 2010 One of my favorite things to do in Los Angeles is to watch the sun set from the bar at the Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica. I’ve lived here...

Procrastinate on This! No Homo [FaN Favorites]

High-larious still. From Oct. 12, 2009 Big thanks to Corey Saucier for posting this video on his Facebook page. It basically shows how ridiculous the rap game is about homosexuality. And it’s also really funny. So good...

Wounded Animal [FaN Favorites]

So as a few of you know, I live blogged my labor and delivery. I chose this post from the , b/c it was written at the height of my pain. I was literally crying as I wrote this and I don’t ever know if I’ll ever have a similar writing experience. It should be noted that I’m...

One More Thing Before We Go: Baby Bangs [FaN Favorites]

Betty was born w/ a full head of hair, so I never had to prove my stated conviction never to buy my baby Baby Bangs. From March 18, 2009 Apparently, there are actually people out there that feel that their hair-challenged babies need a little help, hence forming a market for Baby Bangs, which...

Single White Nerd: The Litmus Test [FaN Favorites]

. a favorite blogumn by Michael Kass Michael Says: I recently re-read this blogumn and it brought me back to a simpler time, when a simple test could determine the fate of a relationship. I was also struck by the callowness of the writer–what an ass. Also, it made me giggle. From...

Hippie Squared: Gold Country Gold [FaN Favorites]

. a favorite blogumn by Jeff Rogers Jeff Says: It wasn’t easy for me to pick a favorite “Hippie Squared” to rerun. I’m pleased to find how many of them I’m still happy with. But “Gold Country Gold” has a few things to recommend it. It might be the most purely crafted of them...

Philosophical Monday: Big Things Poppin – HUGE News re: 32 Candl...

I think it’s fairly obvious why I chose the below as one of my FaN Favorites: From May 4, 2009 Photo by Kalimba Bennett So as you may or may not have noticed, I haven’t been talking about the writing process much lately. Many of you might have thought this was because I got sick...

Procrastinate on This! Eye of the Rodent [FaN Favorites]

I hope this inspires you to do something great this weekend. Cheers! From January 25, 2010 This totally inspired me out of last week’s rain-and-sickness funk. Hopefully, it’ll help you guys out with the Monday blues. [Source:...

Hello Friday: Merry Nerdy Christmas Betty… [FaN Favorites]

I still consider this post of my best moments of parenting so far… From December 25, 2009 Dearest Betty, Sometimes I wonder if you might want to be even a little bit cool when you grow up, and then I feel sorry for you because I know that you’ll be afraid to bring your popular-kid...

Thought Chuck: July 30, 2009

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron RAINBOW COALITION EDITION According to a Yale University study, the smell of Crayola crayons is more recognizable for adults than the smells of either cheese and bleach. Photo Credit: Chris...

Secret Life of a Nerd Girl: Loulou Edition [FaN Favorites]

. a favorite blogumn by Gudrun Cram-Drach Gudrun Says: I decided to rerun The Loulou Edition because now, nearly a year later, it’s good for me to see how things have changed. I’ve come a long way in my French step-mothering, and I have a long way to go. I may not have the patience that comes...

Procrastinate on This! Hamlet’s Ophelia Was a Stupid B-word [FaN...

As a former English major with a Dramatic Writing MFA, of course I had to re-run this … From March 3, 2010 Thank you, thank you, thank you to Zacki from “Tall Glass of Shame” for posting this on his regular blog. On a side note, this reminds of a story that I wrote in high...

Nerd in Transition: Seriously, One Day At A Time…

. a favorite blogumn by Kelly Kaboom Lett Kelly Says: This blogumn got me in some hot water when it first appeared on FaN. At the time I was coaching roller derby to girls between the ages of 8-16, and while I had discussed my addiciton previously, never had I gone into such great detail....

Dear Thursday: GET KNOWN BEFORE THE BOOK DEAL [FaN Favorites]

I chose this book review just b/c now that I’m on the other side of publishing, I still think it’s the marketing book that every writer should read like yesterday. From February 11, 2010 I’ve been reviewing mostly fiction up to now, but as I mentioned last week, I’ve...

One More Thing Before We Go: I Like Capri Sun [FaN Favorites]

This post only got one comment when it originally ran, but I was amazed at the horror it still strikes in my heart, so… From July 1, 2009 I like Capri Sun, but this is just wrong. Seriously, why? [Source:...

Fierce Foodie: Shrimp Toast, Candy Apples, and BBQ Ribs [FaN Favorites...

. a favorite blogumn by Roya Hamadani Roya Says: I picked this entry because it’s a great dish from my Persian heritage, and because I love the idea of bottling leftover cereal milk on a commercial scale. From October 15, 2008 I’ve spent the last three days visiting family in Boston,...

Procrastinate on This! I Have Something Great to Reveal [FaN Favorites...

I  still don’t understand why the below concept didn’t go viral. From March 15, 2010 Okay, if you watch one PoT! this week, watch this one, especially if you know me IRL. And then after you watch, find out how we did it and do it yourself here. Then leave us the link to your hero...

Wonderfully Awful: A Rant With Teeth [FaN Favorites]

. a favorite blogumn by Robin Rosenzweig Robin’s on a wedding-induced hiatus. But I chose this teeth rant as my favorite of her blogumns, b/c it’s absolutely true. That’s all. From April 7, 2010 As someone who gets massively geeked out on television, I know as much as the...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! How Do You Spell Yay?

So I picked this blogumn as a favorite, b/c not only did we have a rather intense comments discussion about this, but also b/c Friend of FaN, Sallie Patrick, convinced me that it should be spelled “yay,” and I’ve spelled it that way ever since! From July 29, 2009 Image...

Thought Chuck: September 10, 2009 [FaN Favorites]

. Proof of Nerd ID by Charles Cron HEALTH CARE DEBATE EDITION According to a recent study, the average hospital stay in Japan is approximately 36 days.

Book Simple: The Encyclopedia Brown of Sweden [FaN Favorites]

. a favorite blogumn by Amy Brown Amy Says: Sweden cast the most perfect actors in their movie version of the trilogy, out this summer.  Go see them before Hollywood ruins Blomkvist by casting Brad Pitt. From November 24, 2009 Vacations in my house have always involved cleaning and mystery...

Procrastinate on This! Procrastinate on This! Hugh Jackman Actually Ma...

From March 22, 2010 Which is a gotdang miracle, considering that it’s beyond awful. But I’ll bet you’ll want to try it after seeing this (not being shown in the States) ad, too. [Source:...

Political Physics: How You Like Me Now? [FaN Favorites]

. a favorite blogumn by Monique King-Viehland Monique says: I chose that article for two reasons. One: with my mother’s recent hospitalizations and the death of my grandfather in the ER, as well as my own impending stay in the maternity ward right around the corner; health care reform...

Oh, It’s Tuesday: What’s In A Name When You Don’t Ch...

I’ve been thinking about this blogumn a lot lately just b/c not having the same last name as your husband always becomes a bit more hard to manage when you’re traveling. I know a ton of women who haven’t changed their last names, but apparently a lot of travel professionals...

File This Under: Icky! Icky! Ewwwww! [FaN Favorites]

Hey Guys! Remember when I used to trouble myself with actually posting a “File This Under” when our regular bloggers took off? Yeah, those we’re the good ol’ days. And for the record I still think this is one of the grossest inventions like ever. From February 26, 2009...

Tall Drink of Nerd: Running Up That Hill [FaN Favorites]

. a repeat blogumn by Amy Robinson Amy Says: This is the blog I think of when I think back on my FaN career.  It’s mainly fierce with just a little, jelly baby, of nerdy.  This blog reminds me to push past my excuses and fears (and hills) so I can enjoy the beauty on the other side. From...

Procrastinate on This! How Would Jesus Aerobicize? [FaN Favorites]

From January 26, 2010 Wow, you just can’t make stuff like this up. You also can’t get the sound of “We shake the devil off” out of your head. And I love that the white guy just totally can’t dance. [Source:...

Fierce in Seattle: Indoorsy goes Outdoorsy [FaN Favorites]

, a favorite blogumn by Kelli Bielema Kelli Says: I think this blogumn is probably fitting because I just killed a tomato plant. It was starting to blossom some fruit, but needed to be staked. I bought the stake on a Saturday eve, with full intent to pound into the dirt Sunday morning. Come...

Advice on Asking for Professional Advice [FaN Favorites]

So we’re doing re-runs of our favorite Fierce and Nerdy blogumns while I’m on my two-week vacation. I chose this column, b/c now that I’ve gotten published I’m asked for even more advice. And this advice on asking for professional advice applies even more so. I would...