Big News

August 19, 2014

Blogging has been light because I’ve been busy with two other projects. One of which is now available for pre-order. I’ll tell you more about it later in the week, but the short version is that it’s really funny.

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God and the Squeegee Man

August 13, 2014

Kevin Williamson has a typically smart and charitable essay about the emergence of what he calls the “Sunday Hijacker.” The “Sunday Hijacker” is a vagrant who stakes out city churches and accosts worshippers, sometimes begging, sometimes being intentionally disruptive of services until he’s paid to go away. Having lived in–not really “in,” but rather “of”–Washington […]

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Robin Williams, Live at the Met

August 11, 2014

I always got the sense that other comics held Robin Williams not in the highest esteem. Not that they disliked him personally–just that they believed that his material wasn’t particularly strong and that Williams got by on delivery, which often meant impressions that weren’t all that skillful, but were dazzling to the layman because of […]

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Dept. of Racism

August 8, 2014

Here’s the first line of a Valleywag story yesterday: “Is there any way to keep white people from using computers, before this whole planet is ruined?” Oh. My. There are levels.

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The Cult Obama (cont.)

August 5, 2014

The great Mollie Hemingway has a piece up at the Federalist about the weird, impersonal, mass-celebration of President Obama’s birthday. I’m glad she wrote this, because yesterday I got the single creepiest fund-raising email I’ve ever seen. And it was situated around the Joyous and Patriotic Birth Celebration of The One. From “Grant Campbell” of BarackObama.com, […]

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Who you gonna call?

August 4, 2014

Ghostbusters was a pleasant enough movie. But even as I child, I remember thinking: This would be so much funnier if they were girls women. Then it could be hilarious and pass the Bechdel Test! Well, my prayers may finally be answered. I just hope the filmmakers don’t fall into the transphobic trap of making all […]

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Real American Heroes: Paul Ryan Edition

August 1, 2014

In the August issue of Newsmax magazine, Paul Ryan is asked what he’s reading. He gives two replies: Captain Underpants and . . . wait for it . . . In case you don’t want to blow it up, Ryan says: This is an insightful work for anyone interested in how demographic trends are changing our economy […]

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Tapping Out of ‘Game of Thrones’

August 1, 2014

In which I give up on what I’m sure is really awesome fantasy nerd culture. But I still want to see Battle of the Five Armies. That is, if I ever get around to seeing Desolation of Smaug.

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The Greatness of Weird Al

July 30, 2014

I wrote about Weird Al Yankovic in the newsletter this week and Galley Friend B.W. emailed in response: Courtesy of a college friend of mine who’s Weird Al’s children’s-book editor: With “Word Crimes,” he’s now had a top-forty hit in each of the last four decades (“Eat It,” 1984, “Smells Like Nirvana,” 1992, and “White […]

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A Philosophical Question

July 29, 2014

‘Murica? Because I have no idea what to make of that. Maybe Bobby Charette can help. (The website is okay, but the promo video on the landing page is insanely NSFW.) Update: Imagine a real-life Kenny Powers. Only lower-class. And drunk. And possibly on meth. With strippers. As part of a circus side-show.

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Trailer City

July 29, 2014

I can’t remember the last time I saw a trailer as visually stunning as the teaser for Mad Max: Fury Road. I’m open to nominations.   Possible contenders: Inception, Matrix: Reloaded

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More on Libertarians and “Desegregating” Sports

July 28, 2014

Pursuant to our discussion last week about the Reason proposal to do away with separate sports for men and women, Galley Friend L.B. left a comment that’s worth posting on its own: A very silly Reason article (but I repeat myself) — thanks for carving it up, JVL. Dumb article aside, if you haven’t seen the […]

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