Now that she’s almost sixteen and cursing like a drunken sailor, I don’t worry about language or adult material around my daughter, but it has occasionally been hard to balance the role of father with the role of uber-nerd.  Many of the things that I love aren’t kid-friendly, such as the entire recording catalogue of George Carlin, the movie ‘Heavy Metal’ and the beauty that is ‘Akira.’  )(I once accidentally played the first minute and a half of Tenacious D’s ‘City Hall’ in the van when she was nine or ten, leading to a moment of shock followed by utter delight at the realization that Jack Black knew some really adult words.)  Still, she helped me realize merits of the ‘Bee and Puppycat’ and ‘My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic’ that I would never have given a chance otherwise.  On the Major Spoilers Podcast, we get this question all the time, but today it’s time for a turnabout query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) grew up with the Warner Brothers cartoons, and so has no expectation that “kid’s stuff” should be pablum, asking: What’s your favorite kid-friendly pop culture?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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