Sam's Town Point
"...But just as this isn't the normal rock & roll underdog story. Director Stephen Kijak (Scott Walker: 30 Century Man, Jaco) isn't creating the standard slavish hagiography..."
"...JM: I wonder if we've woken up to the Middle East and fanatics over there. I think the public is going, "OK, back to America," then looking inwards and going, "Oh, we have our own fanatics." It's not just "they're crazy, we're totally normal."..."
"...Meaning, in lay terms, we are all of one God. With this in mind it would seem that a normal, balanced, sentient being would reflect the order within chaos that is the hallmark of nature..."
"...Age is the consistent, ultimate game changer. What was once reasonable becomes unreasonable; what once seemed awfully tainted, unacceptable, and scarred evolves into normal..."
"...The elementary version: First, the publisher makes his deal with the songwriter for the publishing rights. Included in these publishing rights is sheet music, video rights, "a whole slew of rights that normal people would not think about," explains Barnstormer Bruce..."
"...She's won the prestigious Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, a John Gardner Fellowship, the Violet Crown Award, and the Quarterly West Novella Contest. She's the author of two award-winning collections of stories, The Source of Trouble and A Wild, Cold State, and two novels, Newfangled, a Borders' Original Voices pick and an Elle magazine Top 10 Book, and Shambles, which the Texas Observer praised as a novel of "graceful ease and substance." Monroe's new book, On the Outskirts of Normal: Forging a Family Against the Grain (Southern Methodist University Press), is a memoir about being the white mother of a black daughter in a small, rural Texas town..."
"...I alternated between impatience and then being charmed, but impatience won out when it finally became clear that the sole point of this film was to cater to the perceived desires of a female audience. It's so dishonest: Lahti and Tilly don't leave Normal (the town in which they first meet) at all..."
"...Really, what is "normal?" Post-Queerbomb reality? Now let's get through this summer and make it to Pride. Do you realize how lucky we are to live in a town that supports so many LGBTQ celebrations? San Marcos, for example, is celebrating their first Pride later this month..."
"...We started last January on a surreal note -- Michael Cera's pre-Scott Pilgrim gambit for non-Ceraian relevance, Youth in Revolt, and the terrifically wiggy, locally-lensed documentary Zombie Girl -- and rapidly bypassed any semblance of whatever passes for normal these days, onscreen and off. And that included J-Lo's career..."
"...Scanning the crowd, the fabulously attired Mazza noted (and we're paraphrasing his actual statement), "I see about two black people here, and while the Alamo doesn't normally condone using the "N" word, this is Blazing Saddles so you're going to hear a lot of it. Relax, because it's all in good Mel Brooksian fun..."..."
"...Then I hear that the proposed Wal-Mart will be larger than Cabela's, more than 200,000 square feet, and that the traffic that is already backed up on Burnet Road and Anderson Lane will not just double but will quadruple. They expect so much business and traffic that the already-normal parking lot at the mall will not be enough, so a four-story parking garage will have to be built..."
"...They're a disaster. They're this major, earthshaking change, and my stories are about the humans and how they react or fail to react, react improperly, whatever, and I thought it was perfect post-Katrina, in "the new normal" for these guys to be smart and okay guys..."
"...18. Call volume averaged 25% higher than normal for the event. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport *ABIA worked to ensure airport runways, taxiways and roadways were in operational condition, clear of ice..."
"..."The other is the normal kids that like poppy stuff and it's not their fault they're out of the loop. They watch MTV and listen to the radio, because they don't have the older brother or the cool friend that knows the local underground to lead the way..."
"...Masontown was a viable neighborhood. Two colleges were established – Samuel Huston College and Tillotson Collegiate and Normal Institute..."
"...GY: I'd read Riding the Rap, and had Pronto. When I bought it, I read a little bit and then stopped, because I knew it was going to Italy and I wanted to be in normal Elmore territory..."
"...Appraisal District records to determine the square footage of the residence (a duplex) at issue. Cross checking the utility information with the tax information, Haynes wrote that he "immediately observed that for structures of their size the electrical consumption was disproportionate (very high) for normal residential usage..."
"...His title is master control operator, which means he sits surrounded by blinking lights and control boards, cross-checking ID numbers on tapes and counting down to the next station break. In normal times, it's a fairly routine job at a TV station, but now it has become one with dire implications...."
"...80 Million is an action film revolving around Solidarity's attempt to withdraw 80 million zlotys from its own account before the authorities could seize or freeze it. The Polish press compared the film to Ocean's Eleven, says Gil Rappaport, the University of Texas Slavic Languages prof who will introduce the film at the festival: "A normal transaction – a legal organization withdrawing its own money from a bank account, right? The underlying irony of the film is that nothing was normal in Communist Poland."..."
"...That didn't matter to these paragons of historical virtue, who claimed she said it anyway. In normal parlance, that's called a "lie," and it's a peculiarly incompetent one..."
"...I saw them as Marines, but I saw pictures of them also as people. I saw them presented as people young and healthy, as normal people like you and me..."
"...The three shorts span five years with the family Bateman and kin, working-class suburbanite Texans, about as normal as you'd expect, until you start to really examine them. In "Thanksgiving at the Batemans," it's all systems go for the returning brothers and sisters of clan Bateman, except that their deceased father apparently has made an unexpected homecoming..."
"...While congratulating Texans on their "robust gun culture," the release continued, "Let's not mince words, not only is it rare, it's downright weird and certainly not a practical way to go normally about your business while being prepared to defend yourself. To those who are not acquainted with the dubious practice of using public displays of firearms as a means to draw attention to oneself or one's cause, it can be downright scary..."
"...As the designer of Pong and co-founder of Atari, Bushnell is often dubbed the godfather of video games, but in recent years his interests have turned to educational technology with his new firm, BrainRush. It depends upon adaptive learning, which tracks and shifts to meet students' needs: Rather than forcing kids down yes/no tracks, he said, "Software allows you to test the concept, iterate it, and test it again." Bushnell has made big claims for its game-based learning, suggesting that underlying skills can be acquired between eight and 10 times faster than through normal methods..."
"...As Mark Twain is popularly thought to have said, "Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over." That holds truer than ever in the South and West, where ballooning populations, expanding cities, and the "new normal" of drought conditions are placing extra pressures on the water supply. Ritter argued that "there's this real significant relationship between energy, water, and food production." Case in point: the oil and gas fields of the Niobrara shale shared by Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska..."
"...And begun pretty damn early, or should I say begun in public view earlier than normal. The most salient effect of Austin's austere campaign-finance ordinance is that it now takes a year, or more, to run for City Council..."
"...Amputee fetishism – who knew? Whole, the documentary debut of filmmaker Melody Gilbert, shines a remarkable burst of light on a situation that, for most people, will prove to be an eye-opening revelation. Apparently, many people (the movie ventures no numbers) suffer from a form of body dysmorphia in which they would feel more normal or "whole" with a limb missing..."
"...Surprisingly, The Arrival works. While Sheen may never master the fine art of acting like a normal person, The Arrival's never less than silly script lets him run wild; it's sci-fi, so he's not bound by the constraints of normalcy..."
"...Starring: Julie Walters, Adrian Pasdar, Paul Freedman and Gordon Kennedy. “He's just a normal heterosexual man, who happens to enjoy dressing up in frocks.” This is the first description Monica (Walters) gives of her new boyfriend Gerald (Pasdar) in this, the latest entry in the suddenly popular cross-dressing comedy genre..."
"... for the same reasons that we still stare at portraits by "freak" photographer Diane Arbus: We seek assurance that by comparison we are "normal." But in reality we are dipping our toes in our own fear. These artists know that, and ask us to take another look in defense of subjects that we have dehumanized because they mirror our own awful dread..."
"...We should be in a place where we can talk frankly about prevention without worrying about scaring people or upsetting people living with HIV. For those of us who contract HIV, we can live a full, normal life, and we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about prevention, testing, and treatment options..."
"...I became more interested in our larger relationship to oil. I told them: Your perspective is not one that people hear normally, and I'm interested in that perspective...."
"...We Are Normal, Cha Cha Chaaa..."
"...Matt Barnes goes totally mnemonic, Portia de Rossi has a fit, and George Takei decides to be normal. What does God need with today’s AggreGAYtor?..."
"...Those brave lesbian/witchcraft gals in their cheap tin-can car sporting their bravado bumper sticker if they can drive unmolested for even a block down Lubbock's 19th Street, their very existence (regardless of what price they may pay) testifies to a tectonic shift in the solidity of what Americans can assume is real or normal. The more you must enforce a dictum of normality, the less that normality actually exists..."
"...In Crash, the multiplicity of storylines is rooted in the script’s theme about the complex nature of human beings. Normal social intercourse, for many of the film’s characters, is defined primarily by preconceived notions about the color of a person’s skin, the type of car he drives, the number of tattoos on his body, his line of work, and so on..."
"...Looking suspiciously like a transformed Nastassia Kinski in Paul Schrader's Cat People, these nomadic critters roam across the country, feasting on the life-forces of humans unlucky enough to cross their paths. Although they transform into giant, furless cats when provoked, it seems the only thing that can really harm these creatures are normal cats -- there must be a couple hundred feline extras in this film, and it should tell you something that they turn in the best performances of the cast..."
"...The pause on the other end of the phone line seems interminable, as if filtered through the delay of a satellite connection reaching somewhere beyond the ranges of normal communication. Stephin Merritt, the notoriously wry leader of the Magnetic Fields, lingers, supposedly, on the other end..."
"..."Room," Fuse Box Festival, Deborah Hay, Linda Austin, Tahni HoltChoreographer Amanda Butterfield, We Are Normal, Cha Cha Chaaa..."
"...WHEREAS, a combination of higher than normal temperatures, low precipitation and low relative humidity has caused an extreme fire danger over most of the State, sparking more than 8,000 wildfires which have cost several lives, engulfed more than 1.8 million acres of land and destroyed almost 400 homes, causing me to issue an ongoing disaster declaration since December of last year; and..."
"...Of the two girls, however, Iris has always believed that her mother liked the elder Rose more. Whether this is an actual fact or merely the fretful pangs of normal maturation is unclear, but what is certain is that the two sisters are both rivals for their mother's love..."
"...The comedy (by screenwriter Joe Wein) is unfortunately hit and miss, but the actors often manage to eke out humor from the barest of ideas. Although Scorched is no thigh-slapper, its comedy is light and amiable, and as the film is opening in only four cities (New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin) this Friday, Austin moviegoers have a better-than-normal opportunity to partake in the movie's future...."
"...The “committee of the whole,” an unusual process in which the entire Senate hears testimony instead of a normal committee, began yesterday morning. The Democrats immediately began delaying tactics...."
"...Seems that something has shifted in the Capmetro contract negotiations: It seems that contractor Startran Inc. and union Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1091 may come to terms, and normal service may resume at the beginning of the week..."
"...9) We Are Normal, Cha Cha Chaaa (Yellow Tape Construction Co.) Five women in a whirl of motion running, rolling, racing almost nonstop for 45 minutes. Who knows where they got all that energy, but their youthful exuberance and fierce commitment to Amanda Butterfield's choreography suggestive of girls at play on a summer's day was deliriously infectious...."
"...10) We Are Normal, Cha Cha Chaaa (Yellow Tape Construction Co.) Did any play show actors having more fun running up and bouncing off the walls?..."