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2016-03-25 :: dave

I. The other night I was out at dinner, and someone was talking about meditating. Decades ago that would indicate I live in San Francisco. Now it just means I spend lots of time with white people. The Meditator was talking about how meditation works. The process. The benefits. The before-and-after narrative of self-discovery and […]

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queers + TV
2015-05-12 :: dave

N & I finally caught the Bruce Jenner interview everyone tweeted about a couple weeks ago. It was not hard-hitting. At one point early on, Diane Sawyer asked him point blank, “Are you a woman?” Jenner said he was, “for all intents and purposes.” He said that despite the male body he’s lived in for […]

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TV
2014-10-07 :: dave

Before irony and winking became the chief way advertisers tricked you into wanting to buy their products, they relied—ages and ages ago—on rhetoric and persuasion. Like in this Subway ad: Then came cable TV and MTV and commercials had to compete entertainment-wise with programs and so ads got performative and hammy. Like in this Subway […]

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TV
2014-07-21 :: dave

I mean where do I start with this one? I don’t need to point out what’s so odious about this one, but can you imagine how insufferable the kind of guy would be who calculates his every move from the time he enters a new bar? What’s interesting here is that Modelo, a relatively shitty, […]

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TV
2014-06-16 :: dave

It’s this: I hate commercials. Now that cell phones and the NSA’s domestic spying practices have driven “being dupefully surveilled” up to the top of the list of my greatest fears and anxieties, “being effectively marketed to” is at most a distant second. Still, I hate being effectively marketed to. I like DVRs’ commercial-hopping abilities. […]

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TV
2014-06-13 :: dave

Let’s begin a series of posts about TV commercials. Have you seen this Old Spice one? I’m impressed by how smart it is. Here we have a bunch of moms with long skirts hanging out in a tree. One is weeping a rain of tears. She sings a minor-key A/A/B/A dirge lamenting her son’s new […]

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TV + Very Good Paragraphs
2011-08-08 :: dave

From Mike Hale’s review of “Friends with Benefits”—not the movie everyone’s heard of, but the Friday-evening NBC sitcom that just premiered and has a shelf life of most leafy greens (my emphasis): Focusing on a five-member ensemble — three bumbling, grating men and the two attractive, relentlessly energetic, sexually pliable women, who mysteriously choose to […]

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TV
2011-08-06 :: dave

Fanboy time. Advance apologies. Did you watch? Look, if you aren’t watching Louie on FX every Thursday night then you’re a person who doesn’t like TV. That’s fine for you. Some of my best friends don’t like TV. The rest of us, however, get this show—which, as I’ve tiringly blogged before, is the most honest […]

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TV
2011-02-23 :: dave

I’m able only to blog about two things: TV and things I don’t like. Which means I’m fully allowed to blog about what I blog about. You may recall that a while ago I quoted Friends‘ Chandler Bing as a way to define farce: It’s a staple of farce, best summed up by Chandler Bing […]

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Reviews + TV
2011-01-19 :: dave

By “agony” here I’m talking about mental anguish than can often manifest itself physically. I experience two chief ones when watching comedies. And by comedies I mean sitcoms. Type One: Gervaisian It began in The Office and it went through to Extras and then (or before?) it became the basis for the U.S. Office. Maybe […]

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Reviews + TV
2009-09-25 :: dave

N & I have been ill-ish and have wanted these past few evenings to do nothing but lie on the sofa with chicken soup and the DVR, and so last night despite a backlog that built up while we were in N.C., and despite NBC’s Thursday night of premieres (shame on you, NBC, for holding […]

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Reviews + TV
2009-05-03 :: dave

That laff-track, studio-audience sitcoms still exist in a post-30 Rock / –Office / –Scrubs / –Malcolm in the Middle era is as confounding to me as the length of hockey season. What’s the allure, exactly? Sitcoms have always been my favorite genre of TV—and I say this as a fan of Six Feet Under, Twin […]

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