Monthly Archives: March 2011

Movie Review: ‘The Adjustment Bureau,’ and Why I Love Matt Damon

In the past decade, Matt Damon has quietly made his paces through Hollywood; moving from wunderkind to dependable commodity to A-list star without so much as disturbing the scenery . He still hasn’t had a moment when he smashes the … Continue reading

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Best Cartoon Universe Part 2: The Simpsons vs. The Family Guy

 #1 The Simpsons vs. #4 The Family Guy A disclaimer before we begin: I am not a Family Guy fan. I have seen my share of episodes, usually through accident or friends or channel-surfing. And while I haven’t watched The … Continue reading

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Best Cartoon Universe of All Time, Part 1

In honor of March Madness, I thought I’d hold my own little tournament. Eight teams, win or go home, and the eventual champion will answer the question: What is the best cartoon universe of all time? By “cartoon universe” I … Continue reading

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The Situation Bombs at Trump’s Roast

 The Situation bombed spectacularly at Donald Trump’s Comedy Central Roast on Tuesday. Not all that surprising. Life, death, reality television, hooking up with girls, parlaying your douche-iness into millionaire celebrity status—all of it is easy. Comedy is hard. But it … Continue reading

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Interpretations of Disaster

Can we interpret disasters for meaning? Our first reaction is no. It doesn’t seem appropriate; we fear to trivialize, to make shallow intellectual pretensions out of suffering. But nonetheless, each of us has a very specific reaction when something terrible … Continue reading

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Book Review: Team of Rivals

In fifth grade, Mrs. Redding taught me that Lincoln was a great president who freed the slaves. In eleventh grade, Mrs. Hilfiger taught us that Lincoln was a great president who cared about slaves, but maybe not as much as … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘Kapitoil,’ by Teddy Wayne and ‘Gilead’ by Marilynne Robinson

It takes a long darn time to read a book. And there’s so frickin’ many of ’em. And wouldn’t you much rather just pick up your PSP and play Grand Theft Auto: Vice City for thirty minutes? And you have … Continue reading

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