Category Archives: Television


Blowhard, Esq. writes: I thought this was a wonderful book. Published in 1966, it’s a road novel that takes place in late 50s America as the titular hero ventures from Texarkana to New York City and back. Here I am, … Continue reading

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Gay Mountain: Krokodil on the Thames

Callowman writes: Gay Mountain was developed by British Channel 4′s in-house advertising agency and ran on the opening day of the Sochi games. This is public service television, tovarish. “Born Risky”, indeed.

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Notes on “Jack Irish: Bad Debts” and “Black Tide” (2012)

Eddie Pensier writes: This series of telemovies is based on the novels by Peter Temple. Jack is a widowed criminal attorney who has drifted into a second life as a private investigator, debt collector, gambler, and quippy layabout. He hangs … Continue reading

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The Camera Loves …

Eddie Pensier writes: …Dutch actress Lotte Verbeek, best known for indie film Nothing Personal, and as Giulia “La Bella” Farnese in Showtime’s The Borgias.

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Paleo Retiree writes: Interesting how much some of these pathetic (if also zany) Brutalist Yugoslavian monuments – shown here in photos by Jan Kempenaers – resemble contemporary chic architecture. Coincidence? An interview with journalist Colin Flaherty, who has been tracking the Knockout … Continue reading

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Voice Acting Gone Horribly Wrong

Eddie Pensier writes: I’m a great admirer of good voice acting, but I’m also a fierce critic of it when it’s poorly done. There are some unfortunate occasions when it’s just screwed up beyond belief. One extreme example: The “Bureaucrat” … Continue reading

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“In its death throes, the mega state is gonna make a lot of mess.”

Glynn Marshes shares . . . an interview with Louis Rossetto, co-founder of Wired magazine, by Reason‘s Nick Gillespie. Starts with predictions Rossetto made in the 1990s about the impact of Internet technology and then moves to what’s happened since, … Continue reading

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Publicity Archives

Sherbrooke writes: Brilliant.

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Amusing Ourselves into Sociopathy?

epiminondas writes: Theodore Dalrymple explores the curse of modern television: “In my opinion, televisual entertainment is by far the most important cause of boredom in the world, and since the attempt to relieve boredom is a much underestimated cause of social … Continue reading

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Paleo Retiree writes: Should all Americans be given a basic monthly income? Con artist of the year. “I’m 40 years old going on 65,” says an ex-lineman. “God knows what I’ll feel like when I’m actually 65 years old.” Why … Continue reading

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