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The Morning After: Why Do Tools Fall in Love?

I will admit it: I have not had any interest in an edition of The Bachelor/ette since the first G. W. Bush term. But it appears that the whole Internet is abuzz about the season of The Bachelor that concluded last night, so might as well put up a discussion post, for anyone interested. The controversy over last night’s finale: …

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Death on Mars

Not a shock but too bad, anyway: Life on Mars is being cancelled. I can’t say I will miss it deeply; after a very strong pilot, the show vacillated between being a mystery about how Sam got trapped in the ’70s and simply being a ’70s cop show with a twist. (And actually, it was often better as the latter.) I feel about it very much …

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Jimmy Fallon Thinks You Are Awesome, America

The credits of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, appropriately enough for a show produced by Lorne Michaels and starring an SNL alum, look and sound an awful lot like an SNL credits sequence. The difference: they feature just one guy, Fallon, and he is running, furiously, as hard as he can, as if he thinks that, if he sprints fast enough, …

Tele-phony Bids in the Saint Laurent Auction

I’m still sick, but couldn’t hold off on this interesting bit of news. It appears that the $36 million bid for the pair of Chinese bronze animal heads sold last week in Christie’s big Saint Laurent auction in Paris was a ruse. The Associated Press is reporting that the anonymous telephone bidder was a Chinese auction house owner, Cai …

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TV Tonight: Watch Dollhouse! In Three Weeks!

I’m sticking with Dollhouse. I do not blame you if you are not. I’m sticking with it because, despite an unfortunately-cast lead and a possibly-impossible premise, Joss Whedon’s playing with some interesting ideas and I want to see what he might do with them, on the basis of his past work. You may not be sticking with it because you …

The Pentagon and Pictures of Soldiers’ Coffins

Robert Gates, the Secretary of Defense, announced on Thursday that the Pentagon will be lifting the ban on media images of soldiers’ coffins as they return from Iraq and Afghanistan, so long as the affected families agree to the pictures. A Pentagon working group still has to settle details of how permission will be granted. I would …

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