The Unfantasized Life

Adult Swim’s most absurd auteurs hope their new comedy horror show leaves viewers feeling “a little off.”

On a suburban cul-de-sac, one neighbor harasseses another with a series of assaults provoked by the latter’s reluctance to come over for beer, jalapeño poppers, and murderous terror. This is the stuff that Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim’s Bedtime Stories are made of—horrible people being acutely horrible while denying that they’re doing anything wrong at all. It’s enough to make a Fox News reporter blush.

In a phone interview between tour dates, Wareheim does his best attempt to capture the unique, off-kilter tone of the show: “[It’s] a comedy sort of, but also pretty tense” and its modest goal is to “just try to capture these little moments of horribleness” that he and his long-time comedy partner Heidecker “hope will kind of sit with you for a bit, leave you feeling a little off.”

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The Difference Between Urban Brains And Rural Brains In A Study About Urban Versus Rural Brains, Suburbia Is Left Out

A new study that confirms our cultural stereotypes about city and country dwellers raises more questions than it answers.

We all know the stereotypes of the high-strung urbanite versus the laid-back country dweller, but now there's scientific evidence for them. A new study published in Nature finds that people living in the city had a higher level of activity in the amygdala, the brain region that assesses threats and generates fear. The activity can be heightened or simply "out of kilter"; the latter can signal mental illnesses like schizophrenia, which has been proved to be more common in the city.

In other words, city folk are wired to experience stress in a more intense way than someone who was reared in a bucolic setting.

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Winners of the Build a Better Burb Competition Reimagine Downtown

Long Island asked architects to kick 'burbs to the curb in this recent design competition.

This past week winners were announced for the Build a Better Burb competition. Architects, planners, designers and students were charged with re-imagining a better future for Long Island downtowns. Their ideas, some pedestrian (literally) included walkable neighborhoods and the seemingly simple but game-changing inclusion of accessory-dwelling units (aka granny flats) which increase density and enhance community; some old-fashioned, such as the reintroduction of agriculture to regions where it once reigned supreme; and others more cutting edge like those that propose utterly transforming Long Island's transportation systems. You can check out the winners here. In the spirit of community involvement, all entries were put up to a public vote and discussion of the pros and cons of each entry was strongly encouraged. Full disclosure: I was on the team of jurors, and reported on my experience earlier this summer for the New York Times.

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