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Donald Trump is the new Jack Nicholson

August 29, 2017, 7:40 am

If you’re like me, you’ve read way too many comparisons of our 45th President to our 37th; as evidenced by the ubiquity of the meme picture that crosses over their faces. And sure, it’s true that there are parallels, some of which have been known to cheer up Democrats, considering Richard Nixon’s eventual fate. Perhaps the clearest similarity regards the zeitgeist, or “spirit of the times.” When policemen were shot and killed at a Black Lives Matter rally in Dallas in
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Eclipse Photos to Go Here

August 21, 2017, 1:56 am

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Did We All Fiddle With Our Phones While the Republic Burned?

August 15, 2017, 8:16 am

You and I have both read a lot of post-mortems about the 2016 presidential election, a lot of thinkpieces about the unthinking and unthinkable Donald Trump. But here’s a question I haven’t seen anyone take seriously: did we Americans assume that digital culture would gradually lead to a more enlightened population, only to wake up on November 9th and realize that it has only enhanced our more regressive elements? Did we look up for a minute from our smartphones, see
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Trump and Evangelicals: What About Culture? What About Forgiveness?

August 7, 2017, 1:36 pm

Everyone has a theory about why overwhelming numbers of evangelicals and other long-time right-wing Christians supported, and continue to support, the presidency of Donald J. Trump. Trump received 80% of their vote in November, a higher share than George W. Bush – who is, unlike Trump, an avowed evangelical. And they have stuck with him in similar numbers for the first 200 days of his presidency. Everyone has an explanation that accounts for this — but no one has my
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In 2100, an American History Book Explains the First Fifth of the 21st Century in Five Paragraphs

August 1, 2017, 8:06 am

Today’s babies are likely to live until the 22nd century. When they do, how will they think of the first fifth of the 21st century? I don’t mean the history buffs; I mean the average, non-historically-thinking citizens, assuming that there are average citizens in the year 2100. What will they think of the first 20 years of the century that just finished? I believe the TL;DR version can be summarized with two slashified numbers and three “I”s: 9/11, internet, inequality,
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Best. Shower. Ever

July 25, 2017, 6:46 am

Right. So. I love showers. I’ve been blogging weekly for almost four years without mentioning this, which represents remarkable restraint on my part. Maybe I’ve just been choosing my moment. This is my moment. This is the story of the greatest shower of my life. I hasten to clarify that I mean that in both senses: my personal best time taking a shower, and also the all-time most wonderful shower apparatus I’ve witnessed. Now, I’m not rich. I’ve never flown
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Is That Your Spidey-Sense Tingling?

July 17, 2017, 1:03 am

(Here are two shots that aren’t in the new movie, despite trailers/reviews that imply otherwise.) As a kid, I’m sure one reason I loved Spider-Man was that like myself, he was 100% geek and a regular target of bullies. The fantasy of being Spider-Man sustained me for years before I learned about what adults called fantasies. Even though I knew it wasn’t real, it’s odd how the brain clings to imaginary notions. I remember taking long walks from suburban school
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Democrats Re-Brand As “The American Democracy Party”

July 11, 2017, 9:20 am

written by F. Akenews After nearly 200 years, the Democratic Party is doing a re-branding. Today on Capitol Hill, in a press conference, Democratic leaders announced a new symbol and an altered name for their party. The Democratic Party will henceforth be known as the American Democracy Party, and its symbol will now be a bald eagle. “You can still call us Democrats,” laughed Tom Perez, chair of the Committee formerly known as the Democratic National Committee, now known as
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Can The First Half of 2017’s Big-Budget Films Compete for Oscars?

July 5, 2017, 9:24 am

This article also appeared on writeoutofla, called: Can 2017’s Blockbusters Get Oscar-Nominated? Ah, blockbusters. For us discriminating film fans, they’re a bit like that fashionable cousin at the family reunion that just won’t shut up. We love them and we hate them, but how to contextualize them with the rest of our lives? Some of us go out of our way to praise them for the slightest effort at respectability. But perhaps we shouldn’t. This piece exists to explain why,
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10 Quick, Unmade Points about “Wonder Woman”

June 12, 2017, 4:28 pm

Everyone is talking about Wonder Woman, but nobody is saying what I’m thinking. Before going any further here, you should read a review or two from a source you trust, and also read some of the many excellent and contentious think-pieces (not reviews, not suppliers of Rotten Tomatoes scores, but think-pieces) that have sprung up in reaction to the film. All caught up? Great. Here’s ten little things that none of the reviews or think-pieces said: 1) Without taking anything away
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