Free Thesis Idea
I would request that someone write a piece examining the literary line that directly connects Charles Dickens and Terry Pratchett. Oh, wait. Terry Pratchett laid it all out in Dodger. Well, there’s at least a couple of papers in that.
Slings and Arrows (Maybe) Returns! →
betzine: fuckyeahgreatplays: Screw you, Smash. Slings and Arrows did it first (and better). All 3 seasons are on Netflix, and if you’ve never watched it, HURRY. Each season revolved around the same Shakespeare repertory company putting up a show (S1: Hamlet, S2: Macbeth, S3: King Lear). It’s funny even if you aren’t a theater person, but it’s doubly funny if you are. And triply funny if...
They always throw around this term ‘the liberal elite.’ And I kept...– Jon Stewart
Wallace Shawn on Actors and Other People →
Thanks to Chris Hayes for bringing Wallace Shawn on Up With Chris this weekend. Shawn is a much better communicator in script form than in person. He is the archetypal shy actor. Reading his words, or better, acting his words is a source of joy and insight.
If the Culture Wars Are Over, Citizenship Won
I enjoy watching Up With Chris Hayes on MSNBC early on Saturday and Sunday mornings. It’s important enough to me that I’ve set a DVR timer so that I won’t miss the show in the unlikely event that I can sleep in. I like the show because it feels much more like a graduate policy or journalism seminar rather than a news chat show. Hayes’ guests are intellectual policy wonks...
I am relatively new to Tumblr but already see myself moving away from Facebook and fully into the mini-blog world of Twitter and Tumblr. I’d appreciate advice from my Facebook and Twitter Tumblr friends. Help an old lady out here. What’s the best platform? Best Mac OS mobile platform? Best way to find friends? Some etiquette advice? Leave your sage thoughts in the comments and follow...
What I Learned on Up With Chris Hayes →
Have you heard of this guy? Sheldon Adelman is the biggest funder of Newt Gingrich’s super pac, among other causes. He’s a multi-billionaire casino owner who is spending millions of dollars to change the conversation away from China’s unfair labor and currency practices and on to an invasion of Iran. Overturning Citizens United is not partisan. It’s critical.
Get Good Actors to Read the News
I would like my fact-checked news to be scripted by really smart policy and history wonks and delivered to me by talented actors. I want my news to have both better aesthetics and substance.
Sketch idea to steal
What if we all had to campaign for and be voted into our jobs through a democratic process? There goes the meritocracy.
THAT IS ALL: A TWEET ABOUT THE S.O.T.U. THAT IS... →
areasofmyexpertise: I concede that, even as a Deranged Millionaire, I have less a grasp on the economic contours of the speech than Andrew Sullivan, who was profoundly disappointed by it. It’s true there was little uplift, and some very sour moments when, in his calls to “Frack, baby, frack, but frack somewhat…