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My mom on Girls

January 26, 2013

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My mom is currently watching the first season of HBO’s “Girls.” Our brief exchange about it, over the phone, was kind of funny. The chat is below. Dan: And do you like it? Mom: No. D: But why are you watching it? M: Well it’s been so well-received, I wanted to see what the fuss […]

The best books I read in 2012

December 30, 2012

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I’m always careful to call this post “The best books I read” as opposed to simply “the best books of the year” for two reasons. First: as in any year, I didn’t read every major, buzzed-about title that came out. I can’t say that the few books on my list are the very best that came […]

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

December 30, 2012

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I’ve pretty much had enough of Facebook. Of course, I’ve been saying that for months, maybe years. But I’ve noticed lately how seriously aggravating the service is in terms of where and how it broadcasts every single action you take. Just one example: when you upload photos, though you can adjust who sees the photos, […]

Episodes

December 30, 2012

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I only just decided to give “Episodes” a shot last week, when I noticed it on the Comcast Xfinity iPad app. For those who’ve missed this one (which seems to be a good portion of TV watchers, unfortunately), it is a show about the making of a show. But it isn’t much like any of […]

When rappers ruin a pop song

November 24, 2012

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The formula for instant radio hit—pop song with one guest rap verse—may be at the end of its usefulness. At the very least, it’s hurting the quality of some songs, but maybe the artists just don’t care, since the brand name buzz of having X hip-hop artist on your track is worth the damage to […]

The best books I read in 2011

January 7, 2012

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It’s that time, again, to add yet another “best of” list to the mountainous mountain of “best of” lists. New books I loved in 2011 The Pale King – You’ve heard all the buzz by now: it’s David Foster Wallace’s outstanding posthumous novel. There was big controversy over whether it was even fair or right to […]

Nobody’s Fool, book vs. movie

August 13, 2011

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I had read Richard Russo’s short stories in The New Yorker, but never any of his novels. He was always, to me, one of those authors my mom was always reading. She loved Bridge of Sighs and recommended it to all her friends, and there’s a large hardcover of Empire Falls somewhere in our house. […]