Category: Popular Culture

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Overview, with Rick Overton

God bless the Internet. Thanks to digital immortality, all the things we call “content” never fully disappear. It’s possible now to discover new programs that are in fact quite old — or on indeterminate hiatus. Our current favorite podcast extant is “Overview, with Rick Overton,” an hour-long conversation between the legendary improviser-comic-actor-writer Rick Overton and one...

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I’ll Be Me

“I’ll Be Me,” a documentary about music legend Glen Campbell’s decent into Alzheimer’s is a deeply affecting, often painful portrait of an artist slowly going away. Director James Keach successfully tiptoes the line between education and exploitation, between truthfulness and vulgar voyeurism. The film has many of the hallmarks of a stylishly produced “Reality” show — confessional...

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The Physics of Light

Almost everyone knows who Albert Einstein was. Almost no one can articulate his General Theory of Special Relativity. Ditto Issac Newton and how he mathematically proved planetary gravity. The pop science series “The Physics of Light” explains these universal concepts with superb animations, trippy CGI and clever graphics, all delivered in a storytelling, non-academic style. The...

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Anything’s Possible

Anything’s possible. And that’s what’s so great about being alive at this particularly time in human history, when we’ve advanced so far beyond our ancestors that their antiquated ways of thinking seem mildly pathetic and our fresh, new ways of thinking are bravely innovative. Evolution has brought us far from our monkey origins. Now we...

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Greatness

There are many paths to greatness. This is one man’s. + Be the son of an already-rich real estate magnate. + Enjoy every advantage commensurate with privilege and nepotism. + Buy your way into the Atlantic City gambling business, where your “customers” are known as losers. + Extract hundreds of millions of dollars in personal...

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Zombies Are Blameless, and So Are We

If you voluntarily buy burritos from Chipotle or pay for TV programs owned by Discovery, companies whose CEOs earn 1,000 times more than the average employee they oversee, then you probably don’t have any problem with wealth and income inequality. You’re certainly not going to have a problem with all the other corporations, like, for...

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Poem: Dodger Stadium Suite

1. The challenge for an old white man poet at the ball game is a triplicate predicament: He must not swoon over the greenness of the grass. He must not view every little lovely detail as a metaphor waiting to be transcribed for posterity. He must not recite rambling stories with no discernible point except...

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James Adomian’s Bernie Sanders

The brilliant comic and impressionist James Adomian, known by many as “George W. Bush” in the Harold & Kumar Guantanomo movie, has a new character in his astonishing repertoire: Senator Bernie Sanders, candidate for President. As with all of Adomian’s creations (Alan Rickman as the Sherriff of Nottingham, Orson Welles, Tom Leykis), the vocal resemblance...

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Brody Stevens: Enjoy it!

Originally a Comedy Central documentary-style series that morphed into an HBO Digital series spearheaded by Zach Galifinakis, “Brody Stevens: Enjoy it!” is simultaneously funny, disturbing, encouraging, entertaining and sort of heartbreaking. “Brody” is Steven Brody Stevens, an eccentric but lovable “comedian’s comedian” who suffers from bi-polar disorder (a diagnosis he ultimatey rejects.) The series, which...