Bill Barol

Bill Barol writes Blather, a daily Weblog on pop culture and the news, from Los Angeles.

Aug. 26 2003 10:58 AMHasten Down the WindWarren Zevon's sad, sweet final album.
March 7 2003 11:38 AMThe Other Beach BoysA new compilation proves that Brian Wilson needed them, too.
May 15 2002 3:55 PMBless This House ShowThe beguiling realness of real-estate TV.
Jan. 24 2002 6:04 PMFrom a Sparkling PlanetEsquivel was more than a lounge-music oddity.
Oct. 29 2001 2:45 PMThe Overstuffed World of AIPRemembering the world's greatest producer of bikini-spy-blaxploitation flicks.
Blorple Falls
March 13 2001 3:00 AM
Sept. 7 2000 3:00 AMMindy!
Aug. 1 2003 12:56 PMWould You Like Fries With That Endive?Taste-testing fast food salads.
July 24 2002 4:35 PMAphrodisiacs on CDCan those TV love-song albums get you in the mood?
Feb. 7 2002 12:29 PMCatalogologyThe pseudoscience of winnowing your catalog pile.
Oct. 30 2001 11:46 AMTracking Tricks and TreatsFive kids and one adult rank Halloween candies.
Oct. 3 2001 3:00 AMMusic for TV DinnersThe enduring charm of disposable pop music.
Blorple Falls
Dec. 19 2000 3:00 AM


Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore

And schools are getting worried.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

The XX Factor

Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.


Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

Why a Sketch of Chelsea Manning Is Stirring Up Controversy

How Worried Should Poland, the Baltic States, and Georgia Be About a Russian Invasion?

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