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The very model of the modern male mystery protagonist

Posted by on Aug 27, 2008 in Palaver, Writing |

It’s all in this impressive (27,000 interviews!) study. Takeaway: “Being seen as honorable, self-reliant and respected was more important to [survey respondents’] idea of masculinity than being seen as attractive, sexually active or successful with women.” The whole post-Spenser PI archetype is really spelled out here, although PI...

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‘Fitting network TV for a toe tag’

Posted by on Aug 25, 2008 in Palaver, TV |

Great headline, great piece at Wired by Mark Harris. How much Big 4 network TV does anybody watch anymore? Racking brain … OK, I confess my family got hooked on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” couples edition last year; DVR made it bearable. But that was a freak show, and it didn’t build any sort of loyalty in me. I had to search to...

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Top 5 sitcoms

Posted by on Aug 21, 2008 in Palaver, TV | 9 comments

Was listening to jazz in the car last night and along came somebody’s interpretation of the “Odd Couple” theme song (which turns out to have been written by Neal Hefti). It occurred to me that the show was one of my all-time favorites but had vanished from my radar; guess I need to watch more TVland. “The Odd Couple” ran from...

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Thank God ‘money’ rhymes with ‘honey’ …

Posted by on Aug 20, 2008 in Palaver |

… or rock ‘n’ roll as we know it would cease to exist. But that’s not the point of this post, to the extent that any post here has a point. What tickles me is when an American singer-songwriter tries valiantly to rhyme “pain” or “rain” with “again.” They don’t have the cojones to go all out...

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‘Train wreck for the grammar-challenged’

Posted by on Aug 13, 2008 in Palaver, Writing |

I don’t get my undies in a bunch over grammar or spelling mistakes – if only because Murphy’s Law dictates that if you write about such things, you will commit an error or two that pedants will jump on like hyenas on a three-legged zebra – but the misuse of its and it’s does cause my teeth to grate. Which is bad for my teeth,...

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Demographic inversion

Posted by on Aug 12, 2008 in Palaver |

Intriguing piece by Alan Ehrenhalt in which he explores the ongoing gentrification of cities and argues that it’s more complex than most realize, hence the tag “demographic inversion.” The idea, of course, is that the relatively wealthy (and those who, while not wealthy, are the present and future elite, especially young professionals) are...

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