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2014 Stories by Rob Kroehler

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  • WTF WWE

    published August 14, 2014

    What do you get when you cross soap opera melodramatics with unbelievable muscles? World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. of course. Throw in some... More >>

  • Lynx to the Past

    published August 7, 2014

    It'd be pretty easy for sports fans to slouch into the doldrums of summer right about now. No NFL, no NBA, no NHL, and -- as the Diamondbacks... More >>

  • Fully Booked

    published July 24, 2014

    Bookworm without a clue? Let the experts at Scottsdale bookstore Poisoned Pen, 4014 North Goldwater Boulevard, Suite 101, pick your poison for... More >>

  • Hula-La

    published July 24, 2014

    Shot in the dark here: Hula dancing is trickier than it looks. Not buying it? Consider the last time you took a stab at that deviously complex... More >>

  • KITH on the Lips

    published July 17, 2014

    The Canadian comedy sketch show Kids In The Hall had one major flaw -- it was too good, too ahead of its time. Consequently, the show never... More >>

  • Francy Pants

    published July 10, 2014

    There's a reason why average Americans can't name more than a few French bands or musicians, past or present. It's because French music has... More >>

  • White's Delight

    published June 26, 2014

    Jack White has a record label, Third Man Records. As one would expect, his roster comprises primarily bands and solo musicians. So when Mr.... More >>

  • D-Listers

    published June 19, 2014

    The Arizona Diamondbacks are having a tough year. Mark Trumbo, the team's best offseason acquisition, was leading the National League in homers... More >>

  • Mediums Go Big

    published June 19, 2014

    Ever since Apple introduced all of us to Siri, the once lucrative business of clairvoyance has been reeling. Not really. But for most of us... More >>

  • The Bloom of June

    published June 12, 2014

    Nearly a century ago, Irish author James Joyce penned what would become a classic of modernist literature in Ulysses. So much so that an... More >>

  • Django Explained

    published June 5, 2014

    Clapton, Hendrix, Page, Montgomery, Christian, Reinhardt. Don't worry, most folks glazed over while reading the back half of that sentence.... More >>

  • Bloody Good Books

    published May 29, 2014

    For Britain, most of the 19th century was marked by peace, growth, and, above all, opulence. We layfolk might be familiar with that time in... More >>

  • Seeing Red

    published May 29, 2014

    It's tough to think of an analogy that conveys how quickly and efficiently Phoenicians recede indoors for the summer only to emerge in late... More >>

  • Need for Speedo

    published May 22, 2014

    There aren't a lot of sports institutions whose rulebooks explicitly state, “speedos only.” Thank God. Sure, the Cards' linemen are... More >>

  • Making Waves Pools

    published May 15, 2014

    It certainly feels like there's a lot of events using the First Friday model nowadays, but keeping track of Second Saturdays and Twelfth... More >>

  • The Wreck Center

    published May 8, 2014

    If you can imagine a sport that combines the brutality of the NHL with the recklessness of NASCAR, only with more fisticuffs, more collisions,... More >>

  • The Royal Chi

    published May 1, 2014

    A good rule of thumb for Cinco de Mayo: If you can correctly spell “chihuahua,” then you need another margarita. In fact, if you... More >>

  • Boys Meet World

    published May 1, 2014

    For most of us, our daily lunch break is hardly glamorous, much less cultured. Unless, of course, you packed some aged Gouda. Which is why the... More >>

  • Free Sci-Fi

    published April 10, 2014

    It's fair to argue that science fiction hasn't merely reflected popular culture; it has often shaped it. By engaging our imaginations with... More >>

  • A Latin the Dark

    published April 3, 2014

    While so much of Latino culture has been embraced and integrated into everyday life here in Arizona, there's one biggie that hasn't broken... More >>

  • Bella the Ball

    published March 27, 2014

    It's easy to be a cynic these days. It's as if the unrelenting assault of negativity that characterizes television news has thrust its way into... More >>

  • Hog Heaven

    published March 27, 2014

    While there may be plenty for outsiders to scoff at (wacky politicians, questionable legislation, sheriffs named Joe), there are still a few... More >>

  • No Sunscreen Needed

    published March 20, 2014

    It sure feels like a distant memory now, but just a few months ago the prevailing wisdom amongst NBA insiders was that the Phoenix Suns would... More >>

  • Monuments of Men Man

    published March 6, 2014

    If George Clooney, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett, and Bill Murray all sign off on a movie that doesn't have Wes Anderson or the Coen Brothers... More >>

  • Spring Feigning

    published February 27, 2014

    So, not only are you scratching your head wondering where the first two months of 2014 have gone, but now your fingers are glistening with... More >>

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