Technology, Stress, and Being Busy

“The computer is electronic cocaine for many people,” according to UCLA neuroscientist Peter Whybrow. “Our brains are wired for finding immediate reward.” Does that mean we’re addicted stress? That we’re living in a Manic Nation? It would seem so: Dr. Peter Whybrow is lunching at a sushi bar near his office at the University of California, … Continued

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Red, Blue, and Purple: Hollywood Tries Bipartisan Bashing–NY Times . . . a movie called “The Campaign,” set for release by Warner Brothers on Aug. 10, may settle one of the tougher questions confronting an inflamed political culture: Is bipartisan humor even possible in an election year? Composer John Adams New Score Provides New Take … Continued

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Ten Fictional Characters People Need to Stop Idolizing–Flavorwire We all need idols, and considering how central books, film, and TV can be to our lives, it makes sense that so many of us count fictional characters among our role models. But not every charismatic protagonist is an Atticus Finch — or even a Leslie Knope. … Continued

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Sendak Understood That Children Needed to be Terrified–Slate Jon Stewart, Religion Teacher Extraordinaire–Religion & Politics Is the Novel Dead? Hardly–WSJ “New Girl” & Awkwardness of Young Adulthood–Atlantic Monsieur Lazhar: A Film About Grief, Education–James Bowman How Gay Went Mainstream on TV–NY Times Ben Affleck’s Argo, Where the CIA Meets Hollywood–Slate The Many Looks of Fashionista Anna … Continued

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How Game of Thrones Reaches New Levels of Degradation–PJM Jack Black’s Bernie Shines Light on Lone Star State–LAT Horror & Violence: A Review of Stephen King’s Sixty Two Books–Vulture Cynics: $1 Million Reward for Proof of Sex with Virgin Tebow–CBS How the PC Cops Neuter Comedy–Steve Sailor “Girls” and the Spirit of Sisterhood/Friendship–NYT Debate: Are … Continued

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Fox at 25 & Growing Up With The Simpsons

Over the weekend, the Fox television network celebrated its 25th birthday. The New York Times took the occasion to reflect on Fox’s irreverent and pop-culture-defining programming in a piece aptly titled, “Fox Network at 25: Blazing Trails and Burning Bridges”: Fox has been characterized by boldness from the start. Having decided to break up the … Continued

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The Fantasy Life of Working Women–Katie Roiphe in Newsweek Related: Nothing Wrong With Reading Escapist Fiction–WSJ What’s Up With the No Pulitzer for Fiction Decision?–NYT The Life of Scarlett Johansson, Blonde Venue–Vogue After Years of Brooding, Rufus Wainwright Embraces Pop–Newsweek Online Dating and the Organization Kid–Jezebel Watch This, Not That: Ten Best Films at Tribeca … Continued

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Celebrities at Prom, Awkward or Cute?–The Daily Beast Odd Couple: China Meets Hollywood–WSJ Miley Cyrus, Exercise Addict?–Daily Mail Will Blue Like Jazz Save Christian Cinema?–Atlantic . . . And Love Handles for All–Frank Bruni in NYT Celebrate Tax Day With These Tax-Troubled Stars–E! Tupac Returns to Stage After Dying Fifteen Years Ago–Gawker The Role and … Continued

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Immortalizing Our Stars With Statues–The Daily Beast Will Pakistan’s Oscar Change the Fortunes of Its Women?–Time Some People Confuse Hollywood’s Fiction With Reality–National Review Is America Heading to a Post-Marriage Society?–Atlantic The Baby Boomers & the Rise of Gray Divorces–WSJ Romance? If Angelina Marries Brad, She’ll Wear Black–Jezebel Critics May Hate Lorax, But Audiences Love … Continued

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Our Nostalgia for Old Hollywood—Washington Post Stay in Washington, Wayward Professor—Mark Judge Is Anyone Still Watching Grey’s Anatomy?—Huffington Post We Are More Than Just a Sum of Our Biological Parts—Roger Scruton Rap Is At Center of Protests in Arab World, Africa—NYT Real Housewives: Fascinating and Important TV—The Daily Beast The Help‘s Octavia Spencer: “Women Would Be … Continued

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