Staples doesn't stock pocket protectors, so the doctor orders them in half-dozen packs on eBay. Baumgarten, top-of-the-line pocket protector brand, he says. Clear plastic so you can see what's inside. When he's hosting That! Medical Quiz Show, his pocket protector holds a pedometer, two nail files, business cards, spare change, a small toothpick and three pens: blue, black and red.
Light streams through the enormous windows of Morrison Hall at Little Rock's historic Trinity Episcopal Cathedral during a July rehearsal of Rent, a rock musical based loosely on the opera La Boheme that is set in New York during the AIDS crisis.
"In the next five years there won't be no more moonshine liquor," southern Appalachia's legendary moonshiner Popcorn Sutton mutters, half to the camera, half to himself in the 2008 documentary The Last One. He smears gritty clay on a pile of flat rocks with long, knobby fingers as he builds his last still.
Darby Beranek's deep freeze overflows with tiny packets of magic elixir, grouped in larger zip-close bags. At first she was elated by how quickly her stash multiplied. But she only has one freezer, and she only has one baby.
It began scrawled on dirty napkins at Little Rock's late gastropub The House in 2011. Or maybe the idea came before that, in the late '90s, on the bare arm of 14-year-old JT Tarpley as he watched 8 ½ for the first time in the back room at Vino's, and later as he permanently inked the film's gibberish phrase "Asa Nisi Masa" on his bicep.
Allen Farley brought only socks and underwear for the national award ceremony in Virginia Beach, Va. The navy tie he wore was a gift from the staff of Arkansas Children's Hospital and he picked out the shirt, pants and shoes on a hurried trip to a mall the day before.
You've seen them before: a strong-jawed hero with a murky past and uncertain future; his level-headed sidekick, balancing emotion with common sense; and a chubby tagalong who requires double the rescuing and contributes at least that much comic relief.