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Wed, April 30

Propagandemonium!

FoxNews never had any credibility. CNN has been whittling away at its for almost two years. But now the venerated institutions of journalistic integrity have begun to fall. (Read more.)

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Tue, April 29

Dog Park, Being John Malkovich, Superstar, Boys Don't Cry

Quickie reviews of some recent and not-so-recent releases. Stock up your Netflix queue or dust off your Blockbuster card! (Another in a series.) (Read more.)

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Mon, April 28

McSweeney's vs. They Might Be Giants

The gang from McSweeney's joined forces with They Might Be Giants for an evening of intelligent, delightful entertainment. Any passion I share with George Plimpton and Joey Slotnick is worth nurturing. (Read more.)

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Sun, April 27

The Pipeline Is Full

If some stimulus is constant enough, you eventually become acclimated to it so well that you'd swear it wasn't there in the first place. At which point it might as well not be, is all I'm saying. (Read more.)

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Sat, April 26

I Said Okay

Another venture into the murky depths of narrative pointlessness. (Read more.)

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Fri, April 25

Is It Just Me?

Idiots are everywhere. Today I ran into them at the bank, and I wasn't prepared. (Read more.)

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Thu, April 24

American Beauty, Bowfinger, Breakfast of Champions, Happy, Texas

Quickie reviews of some recent and not-so-recent releases. Stock up your Netflix queue or dust off your Blockbuster card! (Another in a series.) (Read more.)

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Wed, April 23

The X-Files: Fight the Future

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Tue, April 22

For Love of the Game

I was recently called upon to betray my love of the Braves. I'm unqualified to love them for any logical reason, but my love has nothing to do with logic. I love things for ridiculous, sentimental reasons. (Read more.)

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Mon, April 21

Gerard Mulligan

Part of the responsibility for Letterman's consistent third-place ranking rests with aging writers like Gerry Mulligan. In that case, third place is more than worth it! (Read more.)

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Sun, April 20

Waiting For Squirrely

Pets are like people. Most of them are irritating, stupid and awful. (And look really dopey in sweaters.) But there are those few exceptions that make it worthwhile to bear all the others. (Read more.)

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Sat, April 19

Fighting For Fun

Respect and consideration go a long way toward making your voice heard and fostering an open exchange of valuable ideas. And if you don't agree with me, then you can go to hell! (Read more.)

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Fri, April 18

Pit Boss

Forgive us, gentle readers. It's been far too long since the last update from Reynaldo. A few weeks later, he's out of harm's way and filling in at the casino. (Read more.)

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Thu, April 17

Watching Ellie: Season Two

Season Premieres in April! Oh, those wacky networks – they don't know what to do! Watching Ellie is back and it's clear that NBC doesn't understand it in the slightest. (Read more.)

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The Shoe Horn Story

If you're an idiot like me, there are times when you tell a story to your friends that just has no point. If you're obsessive like me, you turn it over in your head after the fact until it drives you crazy. (Read more.)

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Wed, April 16

The Muse, The Iron Giant, Minus Man, Stir of Echoes

Quickie reviews of some recent and not-so-recent releases. Stock up your Netflix queue or dust off your Blockbuster card! (First in a series.) (Read more.)

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Tue, April 15

Ripping off Charlie Kaufman

Just about the oldest trick in the book is writing about writer's block when you're up against a deadline. Here's hoping I only have to resort to such a cop-out this one time. (Read more.)

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Mon, April 14

Get A Load Of Me!

The Athletic Reporter allows me bountiful opportunities to flex my Photoshop muscles. This time, I feel like I've outdone myself. (Read more.)

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Sun, April 13

Saturday at the Masters

The phrase "makeable birdie" is just one of the many fun benefits to watching the Masters on CBS. I don't follow golf, but it's great as background noise, and televising it seems like a byzantine undertaking. (Read more.)

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Sat, April 12

A Mighty Wind

A Mighty Wind will be in theatres any day now. Fortunately, the error of Waiting for Guffman has been corrected this time out, and we have a soundtrack album to keep us warm until the film hits theatres. (Read more.)

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Fri, April 11

Rich in Bunly Goodness

In an effort to improve sagging sales, McDonald's has announced that, among other changes, they'll be "improving" their hamburger buns. Why am I never in these focus groups? (Read more.)

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Thu, April 10

The Power of Nothing

TiVo pauses live TV! That's not impressive enough? Well, it also teaches you important lessons about communication, diplomacy and generalities. (Read more.)

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Wed, April 9

Futurama: "The Why Of Fry"

It's not like I needed a reason to get hysterical about how much I love Futurama. But this week's episode was so scrumptious that it deserved special mention. (Read more.)

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Why Are You Reading This?

I'm typing it in because I have the foolish notion that it might entertain you, but primarily because it's free therapy. But, the real question is, why are you reading it? (Read more.)

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Tue, April 8

Solid Fame

I recently learned that Big Joe was a blogger. I also learned that he's a Solid Acquaintance. So far, my life has only improved as a result. (Read more.)

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Bush and Constitution Don't Mix!

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals says "indirect" government sponsorship of faith-based programs is okay as long as there's a secular alternative. Is that really enough? (Read more.)

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Mon, April 7

Lists

Rating things is most effective when you dash off a list without giving it much thought. I had ten minutes to kill, so I threw together a few lists about TV. (Read more.)

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Bogdanovich Ahoy!

If you're not aware of Peter Bogdanovich, you oughtta be. And if you're only aware of him because he has been on The Sopranos, I loathe you. (Read more.)

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Sun, April 6

Operators Are Standing By

Tucker Max put up his date application site on a dare and would never date you if you submitted the form. I'm far less choosy. (Read more.)

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Sat, April 5

Photoshop Under Fire

The "L.A. Times" has dismissed a photographer who digitally altered a photograph. The Bush administration does it with satellite photos of WMD all the time! (Read more.)

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Fri, April 4

Another Universe, Not My Own

Time travel isn't possible, but parallel universes may exist. It's fun to think about, and even if not, I made an obscure reference to a Dominick Dunne book for no reason. (Read more.)

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