Color Television

Written by Catherine Seipp on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Why are there no black stars in the big four networks’ new fall lineup? Because blacks watch a lot of tv, sometimes twice as much as the average boob-tube-addicted white viewer. That advertisers therefore don’t court them seems counterintuitive, but it makes sense when you understand the weird new world of “narrowcasting.” Let’s look at the typical heavy tv consumer, [&hellip
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Two Against Alaska

Written by Jeff Koyen on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

“Fuck!” I blurted, a little too loudly, prompting Amy to remind me, in a firm yet sympathetic whisper, that profanity outside of New York City is actually profane. She was right to shush me, of course, but I didn’t relish the thought of suppressing half of my vocabulary while my skull was splitting in two. My often foul-mouthed wife, [&hellip
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McCain’s Gang; Tax Games

Written by David Corn on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Last week, I watched McCain, who’s seeking the Republican presidential nomination, work a reporters’ lunch that two weeks earlier had hosted Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat. An hour with McCain is actually entertaining. As soon as he sat down before these journalists—most of whom represent media based in California—McCain declared his “intense dislike” of California. The state, he said jocularly, [&hellip
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The Anti-Meanness Movement; The Reform Party’s Future

Written by Taki on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

The King of Mean A couple of years ago I happened to see an article in the Utne Reader that listed the 10 most “progressive” cities in the United States. One of the cities making the cut was Portland, ME. This gladdened my heart. I was about to move to Portland part-time, and, as an LBJ Democrat, I thought [&hellip
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Is cinema dying?; Hooray for Amy and Seipp.

Written by None - Do not Delete on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

I could keep going on, but anyway I can’t wait to hear more from Cheshire. I can’t wait to laugh myself silly. Oh yeah—and as for An Ideal Husband‘s over-saturated look, that was intentional: videophiles know only that contrasty, pastelly, porno-video look. They know nothing about lighting and film stock. The Film Academy down on Union Square offers a great intro to [&hellip
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Taki’s Wrong on Reds; JFK Jr.’s Preferential Treatment

Written by None - Do not Delete on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

What I don’t understand is why he vehemently defends people whom he’d consider war criminals if it weren’t for the fact that they’re of the same political mind as he is—Henry Kissinger being one of them. Now it’s Pinochet’s turn to be beatified while the world awaits his extradition to Spain where justice will be [&hellip
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The Seniors Tennis Circuit; Worshipping Mammon

Written by Taki on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

  Tennis Balls Along with “The Girls in their Summer Dresses,” “The Eighty-Yard Run” is my favorite Irwin Shaw short story. Christian Darling’s memory of his broken-field run as he walks along the grass where he played 15 years earlier is a magical moment in fiction. Although Darling’s run was only in practice, all the [&hellip
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Detroit Pastoral: Growing Up at Tiger Stadium

Written by Bill McGraw on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

The definitive high-energy moment of my high school years took place at Tiger Stadium on Sept. 17, 1968. That was the night the Tigers clinched the pennant. I went to the game with friends. We parked one of our fathers’ cars on Perry St., next to Jimmy Hoffa’s home local, knowing no one would mess with it there. We [&hellip
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Stuffed and Baked: A Mediterranean Vacation Diary

Written by Joe Conason on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

For reasons that would be of little interest to anyone except our creditors, Elizabeth and I began our French-Italian vacation on a baggage-class British Airways night flight that required a stopover in London on the way to Rome. Early the next morning we found ourselves at Gatwick, one of the world’s less prepossessing airports, wanting breakfast and not liking the [&hellip
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