Art Deco Automobiles, the Birth of a Cannabis Empire, and a Mother is Arrested After Donning a Mask and Chasing Kids with a Chainsaw


Ken Gross grew up fascinated by cars and has spent a good part of his life writing about them, including a 35 year stint as Playboy's resident car reviewer. Over the past few years Gross has helped a number of museums display cars as art in galleries across the United States, to quite a bit of success. Gross' most recent exhibit, "Sensuous Steel: Art Deco Automobiles,"  opened this past weekend in Nashville (runs through 15 September), and perfectly exemplifies why I am fascinated with America's past, especially the 1930s and 1940s. The Art Deco era cars are truly gorgeousβ€”it's not hard to see why the era's aesthetics inspired movements such as retro-futurism. Among the cars on display are a 1936 Cord 810 "Armchair" Beverly Sedan (pictured above), a 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow Sedan, and a 1938 Hispano-Suiza H6B Dubonnet "Xenia" Coupe, which looks like it inspired retro-futurism all on its own.

It's not often you get to read the words "cannabis empire" in the pages of USA Today  (though, truth be told, they borrowed the story from The Associated Press). In any case, Jamen Shively, a former Microsoft manager, apparently wants to be to pot smokers what Starbucks is to bleary eyed drones on their way to work. Despite promising a "cautious and measured" approach to his so-called cannabis empire, Shively is worrying quite a few people with his obvious zeal for the sticky icky. While the Justice Department has no intention of going after sick people with medical marijuana cards, the legalization of recreational pot use in Washington and Colorado opens up new markets and a rather grey, unsettled legal area. Guess we'll have to sit back and see how this plays out. I'm sure Shively's story will eventually get bought up and used as the basis for AMC's next show.

 Donning a ski mask and revving up the chainsaw, Lynn Marie Herzog chased off her own kid and others from the neighborhood after they allegedly threw rocks at her house. Even though she's was arrested for her actions, I'm pretty sure those kids aren't going to be throwing stones near her home again, so I still think we have to count this as a win for moms who were forced to draw from a horror movie's playbook in order to teach kids a lesson.