Linton Weeks en Smartsongs: Refrains The Brain Retains Now that <a href="" target="_blank">Weird Al week</a> is long past, we can mull over the merits — and demerits — of Al Yankovic's new mishmash of novelty music: <em><a href="" target="_blank">Mandatory Fun</a>.</em><p>For word nerds, there is no question that <em><a href="">Word Crimes,</a></em> a paean to punctuation and grammar sung to the tune of Robin Thicke's <em><a href="" target="_blank">Blurred Lines, </a></em>is verbally v Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 45402 at A Surge In Concierges Steve Sims is the founder of <a href="" target="_blank">Bluefish</a>, a luxury concierge service that takes care of rich people. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:22:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 44701 at A Surge In Concierges Bored On The Fourth Of July? Try These Movies Cinema sites abound with lists such as <a href="" target="_blank">Top 10 Movies ForThe Fourth Of July</a> from <em>Forbes</em> and <a href="" target="_blank">12 Patriotic Movies</a> by the <em>Los Angeles Times</em>. After all, Hollywood knows that Americans love to celebrate American celebrations.<p>"Cinematically," says <a href="" target="_blank">Mary F. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 44385 at Bored On The Fourth Of July? Try These Movies Freedom To NOT Celebrate Independence Day Celebrating Independence Day on July Fourth is as American as burgers and dogs on the grill, lemonade in plastic cups, apple pie on paper plates, baseball, fireworks and Sousa marches.<p>Except for those Americans who don't celebrate it at all.<p>Like William H. Lamar IV. Last year the African-American preacher from Hyattsville, Md., wrote an essay that was carried by <a href="">The Huffington Post. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 44340 at Freedom To NOT Celebrate Independence Day America's Search For Meming One reason Internet memes — the quirky photos with societal observations that are passed along like genes or around like germs — work so well, is that they tap into something of the moment, a fleeting notion that captures the here and now.<p>A visual meme is more like a snapshot than an "iconic image" — such as <a href="" target="_blank">V-J Day in Times Square </a>-- says NPR photo editor Claire O'Neill. An iconic photo is timeless. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:19:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 44185 at America's Search For Meming