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Molly Young's "Sweatpants in Paradise"

Of course we are still here

We have been medically indisposed for the last few days but we're back, just in time to bring you this meditation on the greatest authentically American holiday, from Salon.

Shopping is the lifeblood of our economy; capitalism as we know it would founder if we all stopped buying stuff. In this context, “buying nothing” on the very day that the Christmas shopping season traditionally begins would be foundationally unpatriotic. And if that means passing the gravy while standing in line in front of Wal-Mart, so be it.

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Under The Stairs

iPhone abstract: Phil Compton


And all this time I thought it was Lucy and Milton Berle

Now TV’s experiencing its own golden age with Louie30 RockGame of ThronesBreaking Bad, and dozens of other ambitious series competing for our attention.…

The Verge

Don't get old. It's too confusing.

Get blown away

A few years ago there was a book on our reading list called "The Worst Hard Time," by Timothy Egan, about the dustbowl years in Texas and Oklahoma. Tonight on PBS Ken Burns tells the story in the first installment of a two-part series. The second part is tomorrow night. Here's a preview.

Watch it. It's sure to be worth it.

Not a good place to start

The receptionist said it was for my own good.…

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