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Hello! I’m glad I have DVR! Because it took me three days to soldier through the Olympics’ opening ceremony. It was OK; glad Donald Sutherland was on board! Sadly absent: My favorite Vancouverite, Dan Bejar. For kicks, here’s what the Destroyer singer had to say about the Vancouver games in 2008:

Well, it tends to change the city forever when they get these big events. It seems like slowly but surely no one I know is gonna be able to afford to live in this city anymore. It’s gonna be interesting to see where people go, what people do. We have a pretty formidable homeless and street drug problem in Vancouver, and I can’t quite figure out what they’re gonna do about it when these millions of people invade the city to watch ski-jumping. (New York magazine)

Also: The Olympic torches look like they’re straight out of Tolkien. (Hat tip: my girlfriend.)

– The Charter Theatre in Arlington has canceled the rest of its season, citing financial difficulties.

Doug Fieger, the singer of the Knack, is dead from cancer.

–  On City Desk, Matt Dunn has some great shots from the D.C. Record Fair. Here’s some more from The Vinyl District blog, one of the event’s sponsors.

Notes from Marc Singer’s “Genres in American Literature: Comics and Graphic Novels” course at Howard. (Hat tip: Rhode.)

Kevin Smith was kicked off a Southwest flight for being too fat. Then he tweeted about it. Like, a lot.