Good Grief in ‘Gilmore Girls’

There is a quote in Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray that has a tinge of truth, as most quotes by Oscar Wilde do: “It is only shallow people who require years to get rid of an emotion. A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure. … Continued

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Yes, Binge Watching Makes You Stupid

Binge is the new black. That’s what Netflix, and other media outlets tell us as they rev up for the holiday season. Are your in-laws too much? Kids driving you nuts? Had enough holiday cooking, cleaning, and entertaining? Well, take a break from real life and the stresses of the holidays and focus on something … Continued

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Why Guys Should Watch ‘Gilmore Girls’

I’ll just come right out and say it: I love Gilmore Girls, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I don’t just love Gilmore Girls because I love the Gilmore Girls: daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel), her mother, Lorelai (Lauren Graham), Lorelai’s mother, Emily (Kelly Bishop), and all the other non-Gilmore women on the show, though … Continued

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What Americans Could Learn from ‘The Crown’

As The Onion, which might be the country’s most piercing source of social criticism, reminded America recently, yes, we did in fact choose Hillary Rodham Clinton and Donald John Trump to contend for the leadership of the United States for the next four years. And after the first debate, well . . . it’s hard … Continued

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‘Last Chance U’ and the Virtues of Reality TV

Until you see the difference first-hand, you might think that there is a very fine line between “documentary style programming with heart” and “vapid, soul-sucking entertainment” because all of it is typically lumped together in something known as “Reality TV.” That moniker understandably carries such negative cultural baggage with it due to the medium’s lowest, … Continued

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Running Your Own Drug Cartel Isn’t Entertainment

Somewhere in a bubble are a group of sanctimonious parents convinced that every activity, every game, every minute their precious child spends should be uplifting, enlightening, and helping them become future peace-loving citizens of the world. In the real world, however, parents have long since realized that while it’s smart to encourage kids to play … Continued


‘Lady Dynamite’, Mental Illness, and Perseverance

In his classic book, Going Sane, psychoanalyst Adam Phillips defines sanity as “a talent for transforming madness into something other than itself, of making terror comforting.” Sanity, he adds “is this talent for not letting whatever frightens us about ourselves destroy our pleasure in life.” That’s a good description of what comedian Maria Bamford is … Continued

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