Category: The Culture Car

A-Train Eats Out: Shiro’s (Phrasing) or Celebrating Chinese New Year with Japanese Food.

It was the first day of the Chinese New Year, a Friday, and my best friend P-Dog had just got a promotion from Amazon. Congrats bud. P-Dog also happened to owe me a meal for taking care of his cats for 8 days, so it seemed like a perfect day for a Shiro’s run. What’s ...

A-Train Stays Woke: The Merfolk of The Little Mermaid Probably Committed Genocide.

History is written by the victors. – Winston Churchhill.  Feature Image by Deborah Macy. I want to talk about Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Specifically the so-called “villain” of the movie Ursula. She comes from a race of octopus-people (cecaelia) Ariel and her father King Triton are merfolk, we see the other merfolk in the Kingdom of ...

Henry VIII of England Probably Had CTE From a Jousting Accident.

One thing that modern medicine affords historians is the ability to read the symptoms of historical figures and try to connect their behavior with a modern diagnosis. The madness of King George III of England is now attributed to a genetic condition known as Porphyria. Edgar Allan Poe is now believed to have died from Rabies. Now ...

Why is ABC Bringing Back Roseanne?

Am I taking crazy pills or is ABC actually bringing Roseanne back to television? Who was clamoring for more Roseanne Barr? I just assumed her character and John Goodman’s would have both succumbed to heart disease by 2018 but apparently, they are alive and well. I remember watching Roseanne as a kid and thinking it ...

A-Train Eats: Sister’s Stew, A Christmas Tradition is Born.

Today we have a very special edition of my favorite segment: A-Train Eats. I plan to make a recipe directly out of the text of A Dance with Dragons the 5th novel of George R.R. Martin’s epic A Song of Ice and Fire.  Throughout A Song of Ice and Fire Martin gives his reader’s detailed descriptions of ...

Books for Dudes 2: The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley.

Welcome to the second edition of books for dudes. Ladies, you are by no means excluded from reading these either. If you guys recall the first edition of Books for Dudes I recommended City of Thieves by David Benioff. That was historical fiction, this time we delve into the world of the hard-boiled private-eye. With James Crumley’s ...

Jada & Fabo Have Made the Track of the Year

Two of the most underrated spitters from the Golden Era have come together to make magic, family. Jadakiss and Fabolous released their collaborative effort “Friday on Elm Street” last week, and a Swizz Beatz produced joint from the record is the best track of 2017. The caboose has it blasting on repeat. “Theme Music,” Jadakiss ...

A-Train Listens III: My Music of the Moment Continued. The White Stripes Edition & Bonus Content.

I had fun putting this segment together last week so I figured why not run it back? The A-Train MMOTM segment is born and is now a staple. So what’s been on the airwaves at A-Train Corp. of late? Listen up: I don’t really do Christmas music. I do the White Stripes though, that’s sort of ...

Breaking Down the Cinematic Bully. (Updated)

The “Bully” is a modern archetype that everyone is familiar with. We need Bullies. We need them so the main character can stand up to them. We need to see them get their comeuppance. I get especially giddy when I see a “good bully” in movies or television but what exactly makes a “good bully”? ...

The #1 Selling Album of All-Time: Michael Jackson’s Thriller Turns 35 Today.

Consider this my “Throwback Thursday” post. It’s Billie Jean’s 35th Birthday. Everyone knows this album. It sold 66 million copies. It’s part of the American cultural ether and has been omnipresent my entire life. I was still pooping in a diaper when this Album came out. When my parents bought our first CD player for ...