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  • 9 years ago

    What is it about local news that attracts comedians like B-list celebs to reality shows? Is it the breathtaking collision of pathos and pomposity? Or the hilariously minor human interest stories reported by anchors in tacky suits and sad, overspra...

  • 9 years ago

    When The Closer appeared last June, critics compared it to Prime Suspect. Not a bad thing to aspire to—a very, very good thing, in fact, considering that drama's gritty scripts and the devastating, luminous presence of Helen Mirren as Detecti...

  • 9 years ago

    Virtually nothing is taboo on TV these days. Full-frontal vomiting, penises, the C-word, and masturbation are almost de rigueur in highbrow quality drama. This has made the advisory labels attached to nighttime programming— warnings of "matur...

  • 9 years ago

    More than a year ago, the overheated art world got even more frenzied for a few days as the Jeffrey Deitch Gallery held cattle-call auditions for Artstar, an art world counterpart to American Idol. No one was quite sure if it was a reality show or...

  • 10 years ago

    With the demise of the metrosexual bible Cargo and the eroded clout of most other women's and men's magazines, media gender niches now seem like a quaint Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus hangover from the waning years of the 20th century. N...

  • 10 years ago

    Jessica Abel's Brooklyn brownstone looks pretty much like I imagined it would, with its original wood moldings and heavy old cabinets full of books and records—the home of thirtysomething former indie-hipsters who've traded in bar-hopping for...

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