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'Ready Player One' Is A Visually Dazzling Satire Of Consumer Culture<p>Vince Mancini reviews Steven Spielberg's 'Ready Player One,' a film so dazzling …

'Mad Men' Activates Rage, Nostalgia And A Classic Draper Move

<i>Don’t read on unless you’ve seen “Lost Horizon,” the twelfth episode of the final season of “Mad Men.”</i><p>Well, that was entirely too much fun. I don’t want to give all my money to lawyers in order to find out for sure, but tonight’s “Mad Men” episode might have supplied an illegal quantity of …

Anthony Lewis, 1927-2013

<b>One of the better things</b> that happened to me in the job I held previous to this one was a note I received one Tuesday morning from Anthony Lewis, the longtime <i>New York Times</i> correspondent who'd worked the Bill Of Rights beat the way Dick Young used to cover the Brooklyn Dodgers, lived in Cambridge …

Shooting Down The Lies

<b>The good people</b> at Amnesty International would like you to know that the National Rifle Association — and its nutbag spokesman, Wayne LaPierre — are pretty much chockful o'bullshit when it comes to their actual agenda, which is not to preserve our precious Second Amendment freedoms, or to protect …

Oh, Shut Up, Chatsworth

<b>I just realized</b> something wonderful. I no longer have any reason to be polite to Willard Romney, the sack of hair produced in 2012 by a Republican presidential nominating process the biggest problem of which, of course, was that it failed to message the sack of hair correctly. Anyway, G.I. Luvmoney …

What The Hell Is Going On Down South?

<b>What in the hell</b> is going on down there, anyway?<p>Georgia senators today passed a resolution calling for the correction of survey areas along the state's northern border in a 48-2 vote, a news release states. "The Tennessee Valley Authority has identified the Tennessee River as a likely source of …

Our New Least Favorite Democrat

<b>Senator Heidi Heitkamp</b> of North Dakota is rapidly moving to the top of the leader board for this year's Al From Trophy, which the blog hands out annually to its least favorite putative Democrat. (The scramble for the cup has become frenzied since the retirement of perennial contenders Evan Bayh and …

The Stupid Is Strong In This One

<b>What is the oldest,</b> most-Henny-Youngmanish one-liner about gay marriage? It runs something along the lines of, "Gay people should be allowed to get married. Why shouldn't they share the misery?" Then you hit the rimshot and your spouse hits you with a fireplace poker. And now a word from the boys …

The Rules Are Different

<b>Out here in America</b>, a country that once declined to torture people, but which has come late to the practice and now adores it so much that it gilds it with euphemism and, thereby, tortures not only the poor sap in the cell, but the English language as well, you destroy documents that the cops are …

Your Morning Dooley

Did ye iver see an American or an Irishman an arnychist? No, an' ye niver will. Whin an Irishman thinks th' way iv thim la-ads, he goes on th' polis force an' dhraws his eighty-three-thirty-three f'r throwin' lodgin'-house bums into th' pathrol wagon. An' there ye a-are.<p><i>-- Finley Peter Dunne, 1899.</i>

Gay Marriage And The Justices: Day Two

<b>Today, in the second half</b> of the marriage equality twin-bill before the Supreme Court, the Defense Of Marriage Act gets its day in front of the be-robed ladies and gentlemen, and we might at last be putting the 1996 presidential campaign, and the influence of political Svengali Dick Morris, behind …

The Royal Scam

<b>Is there any more obvious</b> grifting going on than what is going on under the aegis of the school "reform" movement? I mean, I'm not even unalterably opposed to the concept of charter schools in theory, but even that part of the movement is shot through with cronyism, nepotism, and political …

The Other Big Case In The Supreme Court

<b>Scott Lemieux was</b> paying attention in class yesterday — gold star, Scott! — and noticed that, in the midst of all the ruckus out on the steps, the Supreme Court actually handed down a ruling, too, and that ruling actually handeda fairly good whuppin' to our nation's drug warriors. At issue was the …

Your Evening Jemmy

The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.<p><i>--James Madison, To The Virginia State Convention, December 2, 1829.</i>

Michele Bachmann's Bad, Awful Month

<b>Oh, mercy</b>, it seems like The Girl With The Faraway Eyes may have discovered that running for president is not like an ATM after all.<p>The Daily Beast has learned that federal investigators are now interviewing former Bachmann campaign staffers nationwide about alleged intentional campaign-finance …

The Cruise to Nowhere

<b>Along about the turn</b> of the previous century, my sainted grandmother, up until then a shepherd lass in the north of Kerry, embarked from the port of Cobh in Cork in the steerage class of ship bound for Amerikay because, basically, a life of herding sheep in the Greater Lixnaw Metropolitan Area …