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BREAKING: Mooninites Invade Boston!

Let me say this first: Kids, terror hoaxes are not funny. They cost money and disrupt lives. Terrorism kills. Stay in school.

So it is with great, great seriousness and gravity that I must report the Aqua Teen Hunger Force angle to today’s bomb hoax in Boston, the subject of wall-to-wall non-coverage of a non-threat by the cable …

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JPTV: What I'm Watching Tonight

8 p.m.: Friday Night Lights (The Knights of Prosperity–new time slot, at 8:30–probably goes into TiVo reserve.)
9 p.m.: Probably American Idol. No, I’m better than that! I’ll read an improving book! I’ll watch The Supreme Court on PBS! (Actually, I already did. Good overview, lots of talking heads, less interesting the closer the …

Department of Instant Gratification

My last post asked why more museums don’t attempt the occasional illuminating mix of periods and media from their own collections. In no time my blogosphere colleague Tyler Green came up with a quick example of a museum that’s been doing that, the De Young in San Francisco. (You need to look into the first item on his list of Five …

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JPTV: What I Should Be Watching

My nightly TV menu apparently struck a chord with House fans. Quoth Conan Doyle, “What’s up with the No House? Best show on TV.” I wouldn’t go that far, but I like the show a lot. Always have. But I find I like it in exactly the same way every time I watch, so I don’t feel compelled to tune in more than every couple months.

That Hugh …

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JPTV: What I'm Watching Tonight

8 p.m.: American Idol. Because I believe it’s required by federal law.
9-9:30 p.m.: Player To Be Named Later. Possibly Knitty Gritty (DIY)–a new TiVo fixation of Mrs. Tuned In, in which a chipper, boho Mme. Lafarge makes whipping up woolen socks come off as a surprisingly hipsterish pastime.
9:30 p.m.: The Knights of Prosperity (ABC). A …

Correspondence Course

Tell me again why most museums are so afraid to mix work from different styles and periods in their galleries? It’s not that I can’t appreciate the value of the standard chronological force march through art history, but I’m always struck by how rarely museums are willing to depart from that model, to put aside a gallery from time to …

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Not-So-Super Bowl for Ads?

The Super Bowl is to the the media-fragmentation era what the remaining polar ice is to the global-warming era: the last holdout against seemingly unstoppable climatic change. Though the big game still draws the biggest TV audience–and the biggest advertising payouts–of the year, glacial-sized chunks of it are falling into the sea. …

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The Real Scandal of Moneyhoneygate

Excellent column by David Carr in today’s New York Times on the Maria Bartiromo / Citigroup brouhaha, a subject that, I’ll admit, I’ve had a hard time mustering indignation over. (Short version: the CNBC anchor, a.k.a., “The Money Honey,” was found to have accepted numerous speaking and travel requests from companies she covers, …


In 1953 Robert Rauschenberg erased a drawing that Willem DeKooning had given him. Then he called the new work Erased DeKooning Drawing. Now I discover that graffiti artists in Brazil and the U.K. have found some new ways to erase their way into art history. Meanwhile they’ve been creating some pretty funny headaches for city officials …

The Naked and the Dead

I just caught up with What Remains, a documentary about the photographer Sally Mann that’s been playing around the festival circuit and will cablecast on Cinemax this Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 7 pm. Full disclosure, Cinemax is part of HBO, which is a subsidiary of Time Warner, which also owns Time and so on. (Look closely at your own …

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