Vive le Différence

Vive le Différence

4

May

2016

Barring some unforeseen development -- a deeply justifiable act of propaganda by the deed, for example, or the revelation that he thinks Marine Todd is a big sissy Mary -- Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee.  Less than a week after dragging Carly Fiorina back out for another round of public humiliation, anti-human ...
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The Most Beautiful Fraud: Mystery Team

The Most Beautiful Fraud:  <i>Mystery Team</i>

3

May

2016

The mid- and late 2000s were an especially rich time for the comedy of failure.  Perhaps it was the fact that we'd suffered a blow to our sense of national invulnerability that led us to elect a shit-talking faux-cowboy millionaire who reintroduced us to the concept of a pointless war we couldn't get out of; perhaps it was ...
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Put Me In, Coach Hooterlips

Put Me In, Coach Hooterlips

2

May

2016

The Funny Names Foundation has often faced accusations of excessive focus on each year's new crop of professional athletes, while ignoring the rich historical vein of people in sports-related support positions who, while not necessarily athletes themselves, still have names that sound like they should instead have been a po ...
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Reloosing the Juice

Reloosing the Juice

29

Apr

2016

The arrest and trial of O.J. Simpson for the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend Ron Goldman, didn't just fit the bill of 'Trial of the Century' as well as anything that's ever happened.  It was an event of seismic cultural significance, a slow-moving disaster that was repulsive and wrong on almost every co ...
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Until There Were Lists

Until There Were Lists

28

Apr

2016

SERGEANT’S DUTY LOGWeek ending 04/29/201631 incidents of jawin’ with intent to slanderfy26 incidents of reported sinful doin’s involving minors, blood kin, livestock and tree hollers16 incidents of a-whoopin’ and a-hollerin’9 lynchings without a permit8 incidents of Katie-bar-the-door Saturday nig ...
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The Way and the Light

The Way and the Light

27

Apr

2016

I have been fascinated with religious cults since before I even knew what they were.  I was barely old enough to understand what was happening at Jonestown, Guyana, when the greatest mass slaughter of American citizens to date took place under the auspices of a lunatic named Jim Jones, but I knew how much people talked abo ...
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Thin Blue Lines in the Sand

Thin Blue Lines in the Sand

25

Apr

2016

The question has haunted some of the more politically and socially aware sections of the Internet in recent months: are police unions unions? That is, are they mechanisms for the solidarity and protection of the worker, just like any other, or are they a thing unique unto themselves, and should they be treated as such?It’ ...
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Degeneration

Degeneration

20

Apr

2016

Apparently there is much angst in the funny pages these days about the status of "Millennials".  This is apparently a generation that happened when no one was looking, and it is a subject of some controversy whether this generation is the worst of all generations to have ever existed, or actually super cool and great.  Wh ...
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Eating Bitter in Africa

Eating Bitter in Africa

14

Apr

2016

There is likely no one more qualified to have written China's Second Continent than Howard W. French.  A veteran foreign affairs correspondent for the New York Times, French is well-versed in Chinese politics and was raised in Africa by American parents.  Almost a decade ago, he left the paper to pursue one of the most ...
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Gone Yard

Gone Yard

13

Apr

2016

It's baseball season, and that, friends, is the best of all seasons.Baseball writers, who, given their love of a game that has historical weight over all other American sports, tend to be a poetic and sentimental lot, even more obnoxious than people who mark out over other sports.  They're not quite as obnoxious as footbal ...
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A Thin Line

A Thin Line

11

Apr

2016

Much as the leads of Netflix's series Love have mixed feelings upon meeting -- it's really not so much what you would call a 'meet cute' as a 'meet indifferent and slightly hostile' -- I had mixed feelings about the series itself.  This was largely due to its pedigree.  Love's creators are Judd Apatow, Paul Rust, and Le ...
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In the Toilet

In the Toilet

6

Apr

2016

I am an old man and I still get a lot of my news via the hand delivery of paper products, so it is no surprise that I have a hard time understanding much that is happening in the world today.  I still think that art should be judged on its aesthetic value, that votes should be cast for the candidate whose positions you mos ...
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Home is the Hunter

Home is the Hunter

1

Apr

2016

Kim Zupan is a carpenter from Missoula, Montana.  He is also a writer, though his work was unknown to me until I picked up his debut novel, The Ploughmen, earlier this year.  It has a remarkably confident and clear voice for a first book, and while it features a few missteps characteristic of a novice author, it is so ...
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Clubbing

Clubbing

30

Mar

2016

Full disclosure before I start talking about Old Fashioned:  I love supper clubs.  I've visited a bunch of them in Wisconsin, and I love the old-school charm, the professionalism, the atmosphere, the consistency, the community and sociability of them.  I bought the DVD as part of a planned excursion up to Arthur's in S ...
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More Than One Lesson

More Than One Lesson

22

Mar

2016

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the release of Orson Welles' Citizen Kane.  The Music Box is commemorating the year by showing a lot of classics from 1941, so we decided to take in a matinee.It's almost impossible to say anything about Citizen Kane anymore.  My partner, who'd never seen it, kept alluding to this ...
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