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Culture, Kill Your Television The Elitist's Guide to The Bachelor

The Elitist's Guide to The Bachelor

I know you're out there. You hate reality TV. You see it — and rightly so — in all its pettiness, its vindictiveness, its exploitation, its ugliness, and its palpable desperation, and it makes you weep for your fellow man.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em

Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em

Cigarettes. Books. Acerbic aphorisms. (The kind Jean-Paul Sartre and BFF Holden Caulfield would have folded into fortune cookies.) Those are the basic ingredients of Hal Hartley’s droll cinema of self-deprecating intellectualism and hipster sentimentality. If Hartley’s fondness for bohemian touchstones…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer: Visiting fantasy worlds at the Sausage Factory

Bouncer: Visiting fantasy worlds at the Sausage Factory

As a rule, people like being something they are not. We like to pretend. We play make-believe when we are little. We dress up for Halloween. We wear Cover Girl. I am not going to say that all of this…
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Flick in a Box

The secret is out. Warner Bros. waited to unwrap The Box until two days before its opening because, compared to its madcap predecessors — the psychotic Holden Caulfield update Donnie Darko and the delirious welcome-to-the-21st-century extravaganza Southland Tales — the…
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Music, Bouncer

Erin go bragh ya bloomin' phonies!

I feel very Holden Caulfield lately. I don't like phonies. I also feel like an outsider, just like him. It's a feeling that culminated in my getting into an altercation in a cemetery with a woman. She had just finished…
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Calendar, Night&Day Damned, Damned, Damned

Damned, Damned, Damned

Joe Meno broke a very important rule. When writing a semi-autobiographical novel, you're supposed to make the main character a lovable hero. He's gotta be fast and he's gotta be strong and he's gotta be larger than life, to paraphrase…
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