Merrill Markoe

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A Critical Analysis of Bob Dylan's 2018 Xmas Lights

Though the Woolsey Fire took out Mr. Dylan's fence and hedge, it was not able to destroy his Christmas spirit.
Merrill Markoe
12.21.18
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A Critical Analysis of Bob Dylan's 2017 Xmas Lights

For almost a decade, I have had an unhealthy obsession with the Christmas lights on Bob Dylan's Malibu home. Here's what I learned from this year's display.
Merrill Markoe
12.19.17
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The Year 2016, Explained by Bob Dylan's Christmas Lights

It's that time of year again when we use Bob Dylan's Christmas decorations to decode everything that happened over the past 12 months.
Merrill Markoe
12.15.16
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An In-Depth Analysis of Bob Dylan's 2015 Christmas Lights

For the first time in years, Bob Dylan upgraded his Christmas display. I found deeper meaning in every new string of lights.
Merrill Markoe
12.14.15
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Surprisingly, the Biggest Collection of Cold War Memorabilia Is in Los Angeles

The Wende Museum houses a treasure trove of more than 100,000 objects from the former Eastern Bloc, ranging from Stasi audio tapes to East German household cleaning products.
Merrill Markoe
8.26.15
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College Is Not the Best Four Years of Your Life

In the interest of reassuring struggling students, I offer this partial catalog of some of the many bad ideas I accumulated during my college years. Trust me—life gets better after graduation.
Merrill Markoe
6.5.15
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I Went to the Academy Awards of Sex Toys

It had all the fanfare of the Oscars, but with way more dildos.
Merrill Markoe
2.18.15
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My Quest to Find Deeper Meaning Behind the Christmas Lights on Bob Dylan's House

The single string of festive lights hung up at one of Bob Dylan's many homes has transfixed me for years.
Merrill Markoe
12.22.14
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Men-Only Clubs Are Dated and Embarrassing

It's hard to believe that clubs that exclude women from membership still exist, but they do. Maybe a little gender mixing would be helpful at a time when the news is full of terrifying sexual assault allegations.
Merrill Markoe
12.1.14
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The Ransom of Samantha

The detective who showed up at 5 AM was not much older-looking than Samantha's friends. (Not that Samantha ever hung out with clean-cut guys like this. Why should she when there were still heroin addicts in bands who needed a doormat?)
Merrill Markoe
6.25.14