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Five other facts about Eric Van :

1. He hosts a weekly ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer" viewing party. The sessions include dinner, episodes of the show, and hot fudge sundaes.

2. Van not only watches every Red Sox game but he also scores the games in extraordinary detail. For example, Van tracks the direction of every batted ball, fair or foul.

3. In 1986, Van and his ex-wife Anita Roy Dobbs produced the first video by Throwing Muses (with Kristin Hersh, inset) for a song called ''Fish." It's available on ''Lonely Is An Eyesore," a video compilation released in 1987 by the British label 4AD.

4. In science-fiction circles, Van is recognized as an expert on Philip K. Dick. A speaker at past conferences on the late writer, Van is the database manager for the Philip K. Dick Society.

5. Van is a prolific reviewer on Loudon Wainwright, ''Donnie Darko," and Stephen King all get a thumbs-up. Of Antonio Damasio's book ''The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness," Van writes: ''Buy two copies: one to read and one to hurl periodically against the wall."

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