Maize and brew: Student baristas take coffee seriously

December 7, 2010

“The best part of my job is all the people I get to meet and talk to, straight up,” Roney said. “Coffee’s very interesting. I’ve been very interested in it for a long time. But I think what makes me like it more than other jobs I’ve had is that face-to-face interaction with hundreds of people every day. It’s an extrovert’s job.”

Happy holidays, Hollywood

December 6, 2010

My love of snow and the holiday season is largely based on movie depictions — that kid rejoicing last Wednesday wasn’t actually me, it was Fuller (Kieran Culkin) in “Home Alone 2.” Film has historically exploited the season to the fullest extent, and yet has perpetuated holiday family values in direct, easily understood fashion.