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Hallo-Colum-nadian Thanksgiving-bus-ween Day

Halloween in New Hampshire seems to have two strikes against it these days. One is, of course, the weather, which is apparently intended to freeze us all into oblivion like Arnold Schwarzenegger in that really bad Batman movie. The other is the nicknames about said weather: Last year it was “Snowtober,” this year… 0

October 30, 2012
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This year's Nobel winner: ice cream?

I know it's not Nobel season, but may I humbly suggest that this year's Nobel prize in literature go to ice cream?It's an unorthodox choice, I know - desserts aren't known for winning such honors, and most of them don't even write books; the closest we've gotten is when cookie maker E.L. Fudge… 0

August 7, 2012
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With 300 issues in the can, what does our future hold?

Here's to the first 300 issues of the Insider! And here's to 300 more! And more! And - ow! You didn't need to hit me to say you got my point. Sheesh. How is it that every single person reading this column wanted to hit me at the same time, anyway?There are two things I know about the Insider's run so… 0

July 24, 2012
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Brady's car is more night writer than Knight Rider

I have a theory that we buy cars today not so much for their capacity to haul us around, but for their potential for personal expression. Sure, says the prospective car buyer, that station wagon has plenty of room for my daughter's hockey equipment, but this little number has more room on the back for… 0

July 3, 2012
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Brady faces his most dreaded season - summer

Summer technically starts June 21, it unofficially starts on Memorial Day, but the actual start is the day I hear my second-most dreaded question: "So, any big summer plans?" 0

June 19, 2012
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Brady's got Academy Award fever

(Editor's note: While on an expedition in his yard Brady Carlson claims to have caught a case of Academy Award fever, and has written this column under the assumption that he has just won an Oscar in the heretofore non-existent category of Best Moral Support for a Walrus in a Musical or Animated Feature.)Thank… 0

February 28, 2012
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Star of wonder, star of night, network stars are shining bright

Each year Christmas comes. Trees are trimmed, carols are sung, and each year I write up a short, sweet Christmas list asking for peace and goodwill across the world - and for Gary Busey to rework his jaw-dropping direct-to-video release "The Ginger-Dead Man" into a Broadway musical. Each year I am left hanging.But that's not to say I've soured on Christmas; no,… 0

December 20, 2011
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November is National Invent Your Personal History Month

Did you know that November is National Invent Your Personal History Month? No? That's because I invented it as part of my personal history last November. It's become one of the signature achievements in my fantastic fictional existence. That, and the fact that I beat Usain Bolt in the 100 meter dash. Twice. In space.I'm doing the full life story rewrite for one reason:… 0

November 1, 2011
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Big bad Brady, baby daddy

Your Awesomenator has spent the last few months becoming the Concord area's most enthusiastic new father! Folks who know me say I glow with pride when I talk about baby Owen, and it's true - though, technically, the glowing is a side effect from the time in high school I was bitten by a radioactive spider.… 0

August 30, 2011