Monthly Archives: July 2012

Recent Writings

In my last two Philly Post columns, I argue with the “voting against their own self-interest” trope, and wonder why airplane flight never seems to get better.
This past week was the biggest yet for EntertainmentTell, so thanks everyone for reading. Here are some highlights:
– A piece of mine about the idea that Skyler on “Breaking Bad” and other females on cable dramas are bitches got a huge response and was even linked by Slate.
My thoughts on the Daniel Tosh/rape joke controversy.
I look back at what MInnesota music has meant to me, including The Hold Steady, Soul Asylum and the Replacements.
– A pet peeve about “The Newsroom.”
A review of The Cigarette Smoking Man’s autobiography.
– Movie reviews: “The Dark Knight Rises,” “The Amazing Spider-man,” “Magic Mike” and my mid-year movie report card.

Highlights From Around the Web

A few articles I’ve enjoyed in recent weeks:
– I’ve been waiting years for this, but the Jewish summer camp sport Gaga has finally broken through in the mainstream! The New York Times has more. I think I need to find an adult Gaga league to join.
The Classical looks at John Rocker’s latest career nadir, as a World Net Daily columnist.
– Drew Magary’s been on a roll lately at Deadspin/Gawker, I especially liked his shot at Matt Millen the day of the Freeh Report.
– Fortune had a must-read piece about how most of what is known about the Fast and Furious scandal is wrong.
– Sally Jenkins, the last journalist to interview Joe Paterno, absolutely eviscerated him for lying to her in a column the day after the release of the Freeh Report.
– Alex Pareene, who’s just been killing it lately over at Salon, gives an overview of the the Brett Kimberlin vs. right-wing bloggers melee.
– The area blocks from my office was home to David Lynch in the ’70s, inspired him to make “Eraserhead,” and is even known as “The Eraserhood,” Philadelphia Weekly wrote.
Balloon Juice is right: this election is the ugliest election ever, because all of them are.