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Things I Learned By Watching the DWTS Results Show

* Dancing With the Stars—which I will admit off the bat I do not watch any more than I absolutely have to—has added a little dance competition within the dance competition, this one with little “Ballroom Kids” competing. If only American Idol had thought to do this with their results show, we would have been spared an entire summer …

Goodbye to the “Wow” Factor?

We all know what will happen to construction in the Big Recession. There’ll be a lot less of it. But what will happen to architecture? A few weeks ago the British architect David Chipperfield told an interviewer that he expected a prolonged recession would mean less flamboyant design, fewer buildings that rely on extravagant departures …

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TV Tonight: IFC Vs. the Press

At lunchtime, I went to a panel for the new IFC six-part documentary series, The IFC Media Project. Hosted by Arianna Huffington, it featured Media Project host Gideon Yago (late of MTV News), NYT conservative columnist William Kristol, Legendary NYC writer Pete Hamill, and excommunicated National Review scion Christopher Buckley. It was …

Last Talk With: Joe Thompson

Let’s finish up that conversation with MASS MoCA Director Joe Thompson about the 25-year installation of Sol LeWitt wall drawings that just opened at MASS MoCA.

LACAYO: Sol did his first wall drawing at the Paula Cooper Gallery in New York in 1968. And he drew that one himself, right?

THOMPSON: He did. That first work and …

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Meet the Obamas! 60 Minutes Gets Ratings Landslide

Here’s a preview of your upcoming few months: all media outlets will put Barack Obama and his family’s faces on anything they reasonably can, because it is a license to print money. (TIME magazine, which just put out an Obama book, being no exception.) The Obama gravy train made a stop at 60 Minutes last night, and rewarded Steve Kroft …

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Corporate Press Release Theater: Ted Allen Returns!

I was a fan of Ted Allen from the get-go; on Queer Eye, the food writer was the member of the quintet who seemed most to act like a person rather than a media-ready persona. (Or was that his persona? Discuss!) So I was disappointed to see him gone from the judging lineup of Top Chef this season. But Bravo’s loss is Food Network’s gain, …

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Dan Rather Goes on Offense

Interesting New York Times piece on the continuing lawsuit by Dan Rather against CBS over its resolution of the 2004 controversy over President Bush’s National Guard records, which cost Rather his job. In a nutshell, the network came under conservative fire for a 60 Minutes II report that relied on documents suggesting that Bush had …

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