J B Pravda

Philosophic Opinion

Born Brooklyn, NY, US Government Attorney during Watergate, when he 'Felt' uneasy about governments, and laws; later, public company CEO, lobbyist, now, multimedia artist, published produced playwright (paid royalties), columnist for leading magazines; his paintings have been published & exhibited as well as included in a national touring exhibition as well as several multimedia exhibitions in NY and other venues. Published diversity author via major university, winning Finalist in Stymie Magazine's 1st annual collector cards edition. Regular Invitee Annual 'Slice' magazine Literary Writers Conference; Lifetime Guest Artist @ Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts via 2006 Playwriting Intensives (invitation only). Proud 'charter' member of Canada's leading Ezine of Literary Fantasmagoria worthy of Mary Shelley, John Polidori, et.al. of that seminal night in Byron's Swiss Villa in 1816's summerless year of genius.

In short, his work's been....paged, framed, screened & staged. >))

http://www.angrysponge.com

As of February 17, 2017, J B 's 125 articles like "Speaking of Damned Spots" have totaled 12.4M views and shares.

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JAN 21 2017
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Columns

Speaking of Damned Spots

The Clintons are the new Macbeths
"Four trillion bucks later, plus or minus a billion or so, here comes Hillary;"

JAN 14 2017
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Columns

Cracks in Code Red

The gods must love reruns...
"Et tu brutes, or he can't handle the truth."

DEC 19 2016
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Entertainment

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Fantasztik rests in peace
"It's not enough to be hungarian, you also have to have talent."

NOV 21 2016
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Columns

Now, Breaking News

For something completely dissident
"DC is exactly like Hollywood, only with ugly people. --George Stephanopoulos"

NOV 19 2016
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Music

Dylan and Dogs Of War

How many times must the cannon balls fly?
"Numerous friends are to be found only among dogs."

NOV 18 2016
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Columns

not Ok Corral

If they bring a knife, you bring a warm Sun
"Look what happened to Sean Connery's character."

NOV 13 2016
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Columns

Boy Of Troy?

Remember what old Homer said (of course, he was blind).
"We're all pretty sure we've got a good bead on things.."

NOV 05 2016
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Columns

Hillary's Hubris

A pox on both your houses
"The Greeks gave a name to this most human of 'only human' traits."

NOV 05 2016
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Columns

On Chapman's Homer

No Casey or Muddville Here, Phew...
"On TV, in the eighth, looking on to Chapman's homer."

OCT 19 2016
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Columns

Trump Tv

Coming Soon, 'Mr. Prezident', the reality show of shows
"Call it Hillary's Pyhrric 'victory'."

OCT 02 2016
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Columns

Monsanto As Anathema

Their first product was, prophetically, saccharin.
"Let us, after the fashion of Martin Luther, nail our 15 theses to the corporate gates of this firm."

SEP 03 2016
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Columns

Philosopher King

Somehow forgotten by the media, a prophetic story resonates.
"Maybe you'll even be as well-regarded a story co-author as Mr. King."

AUG 08 2016
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Columns

Alas, Helter-Skelter

America as Babylon
"Charlie Manson, America's pop psychologist and resident macabre dancer."

AUG 08 2016
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Columns

That [a] Word Hushed

May Heaven and Hell forbit it
"Hillary's faux pas in 2008, prophecy or her usual foot in mouth disease?"

JUN 26 2016
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Columns

Forget the 5 Ws

It's not about the Who, Where, When, What or even Why
"The state of the Union, nay, the World, has to do with the crucual HOW."

JUN 13 2016
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Columns

All Are Punish-Ed!

Orlando as Shakespearean everytown
"See what a scourge is laid upon your hate..."

MAY 23 2016
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Columns

a Nude Deal?

How the Media Clothe Modern Emperors
"Don't look now but your public airwaves are showing..signs of stress."

MAY 19 2016
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Columns

a Hill-Billy Ticket

Who else can offer two for one, huh?
"In an uprecedented act of either innovation or desperation, Mrs. Clinton abolished the Veep."

MAY 13 2016
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Columns

American Real(I)Ty

From Sir Alex Tytler to William of Joel, not much choice
"Talk about artful deals, America could soon be led by real estate's greatest dealer since 1776."

APR 28 2016
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Columns

Daze Of Reckoning

How we may come to envy the departed
"In space there's a concept, critical mass; in time it's called 2016."

APR 15 2016
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Columns

N.C., Short For Bunkum

Of Tar, Tards and Real Heels
"It is not lost on this audience that the City Ordinance in question is that of the Queen City."

APR 07 2016
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Columns

americas rome is berning

Fool us once, shame on US
"It is discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit."

APR 02 2016
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Columns

Wc Fields For President?

A Voice from The Depression
"A rich man is just a poor man with money."

MAR 28 2016
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Columns

Mosaic Man

How Bernard is Leading America to Her Promised Landing
"Emancipate yourself from mental slavery... he channels Mr. Marley, the black Moses."

MAR 25 2016
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Columns

Usual Suspects 2.0

How Ignorance of Fables Leads to 'Fabulous' Terror
"Europe, remember Aesop's fable of the scorpion and the frog? French Brussels, you're the frogs."

MAR 21 2016
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Columns

An Eternal Status Quo

How a dead language haunts the long now.
"The rhetorical question for all time: Why's the 'status quo' got a Latin name?"

MAR 15 2016
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Columns

Trumped By Science?

It May Well Be Greek to US
"Head of a lion with its golden mane, getter of goats & forked tongue: the Chimera."

MAR 13 2016
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United States Of Common Sense

Clever Monkeys

Sell clever, purchase bewilderment.
"Your life can, must be more Odyssey and less spaced out."

MAR 10 2016
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Columns

Mobbed Up?

On Being a Mocker, Neither Mod or Rocker
"The answer is both clear and depressing--after all, why does the 'status quo' have a Latin name?"

MAR 02 2016
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Columns

Eating Our Young

A Bad Habit When They're The Large Guerrila in the Boom
"Now I know why tigers eat their young!"

FEB 27 2016
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Columns

Mr. and Mrs. Wannabe

How Rev. Ike's mantra snatched the body politic's brains
"And, for the same 'reason' that lotteries have been discovered by nations and states the world over"

FEB 26 2016
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The Independent

That Mitty Moment

Like Walter MItty, Hillary's in for secrets' strife.
"'And then it happened' alright: can you say 47% +, and grifter's remorse bites her in that derriere."

FEB 02 2016
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Columns

Mirror, Mirror

How Our Mapless Ship of State's Been Attacked by Snarks
"'I sell the things you need to be, I'm the smiling face on your TV'."

JAN 20 2016
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United States Of Common Sense

Enough Rope

How Unabashed Capitalism Is Decapitating Innocents By Proxy
"Sooo, what happened to Anonymous, or the Social Media Dorkdumb cutting off ISIS?"

JAN 17 2016
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The Independent

Fruit Of the Sophistry

Food and Water for GOP Elephants
"Think Billy Crystal's Montalban: It's better to rook good than to feel good."

DEC 17 2015
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Columns

Missouri... Compromised

Disrupt the Party like it's 1820
"Take it for granted that the present is a mere preamble--a title page to a great, tragic volume."

NOV 20 2015
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The Independent

Alas, Babble On

or, How Social Media Will Create the First Earthlings
"The nation state is dead or dying--long live the global citizenry, at long last free of tribalism."

NOV 16 2015
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Foreign Policy

Death to Smoochy Ii

Remake Now Playing as TV Reality Show Set in MENA
"We are all Parisians, awaiting the Judgment of Paris."

OCT 22 2015
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Foreign Policy

Of Ahab & Jezebel, Redux

Or, a 21st Century Case of Penis Envy
"With or without some fly on Hitler's wall, you can bet the Mufti wasn't wearing a yarmulka."

OCT 05 2015
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Columns

Myth America

Is it Plato or play dough that counts?
"All real Americans love a winner, and will not tolerate a loser... -- George S. Patton."

OCT 02 2015
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Columns

Ducking In Oregon

Of Grids & Iron: As American As College Football
"Move over Tony Soprano, Holden Caulfield is taking the field, wearing his newer people-shooting hat."

SEP 22 2015
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Columns

Flight Of a Phoenix

Will our excuse ever be: 'Only human'?
"Is 'we' a fiction, and 'me' an eternal damning fact?"

SEP 22 2015
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Columns

Whither the Mascot?

They're all over your jerseys, right?
"Come back to your roots, the very root of your rooting."

SEP 22 2015
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Foreign Policy

From Hungar...Y

Why are we suprised by this former Axis ally in WWII?
"Adding to the mayhem and pandemonium is the silence of the wealthy Muslim nations..."

SEP 01 2015
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The Left

awakened by sand(ers)man

The Truth called, it's got Bernie's back
"Nonesuch: a person or thing unequalled"

AUG 14 2015
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The Left

Trump d'oeil

The Art of the Raw Deal
"Trompe L'oeil, something misleads"

AUG 07 2015
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Popular Espionage

Cyber Disc Oh Tech

I am DOD's jilted spleen
"Unlike Tyler Durden, Ashton Carter wants these Valley guys and gals to join"

JUL 24 2015
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Columns

Whistling Past Graveyards

Why Douglas Adams Encouraged Galactic Hitchhiking
"The truth is out there; even if you are at the beach, don't put your head in the sand."

JUL 17 2015
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Columns

Dim and Dimmer

Why William of Occam may want his razor back.
"How many times must the cannonballs fly before they"

JUN 18 2015
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Columns

Helter Skelter: Charleston

No, It's Not Some TV Spinoff, But The Oldest 'News'
"The rebuilding engineer in 'The Stand' asked: 'Haven't we done this before?'"

JUN 09 2015
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Columns

Tire I As...

Or an Olympian tale, retold
"Let it never be said of the Greeks, be they of our time or the ancient variety, that they are dull."

JUN 08 2015
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Columns

Freud, Opium and US

Stop me if you've heard this one
"A take on an old Greek problem: We have met the enemy, and it's US."

JUN 01 2015
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The Independent

Sutton Place Holder

How Lynch Hung Justice Out to Die
"Get back to where you once belonged, get back, Loretta."

MAR 19 2015
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Columns

Secret SlurrVice

It's Dallas once again, without Jack Ruby.
"Where have all the badass Special Forces gone, long time passing?"

FEB 15 2015
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Columns

Someone Rotten in Denmark

Marcellus & Cassandra, Unheeded at Europe
"Yes, Marcellus is forgotten, along with the warning he voiced for a civilized Hamlet."

FEB 11 2015
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Culture

The Anomie Within

America's Parade of Horribles
"We have met the anomie and it is USA"

JAN 27 2015
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Columns

Vexation to the Nations

Melville Was Wrong: Ishmael's the D*ck
"Indeed, it is a supervirus, able to reproduce itself by 'lying' with its parakeet. Ahem."

NOV 07 2014
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The Left

Political Whiz, Not Dumb

The GOP's sticky situation-to-be...
"We forgot how stunned was an entire world in 2008 at our collective audacity of spirit."

OCT 30 2014
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Entertainment

Leave the [School] Bldg.

Elvis, Hip and the Demise of American Scholarship
"The result has been, over time, tragic for the American student."

SEP 09 2014
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Culture

American Suicide: Packed

(Un)happiness is a warm gun
"Hair-brained owners of hair-trigger paranoia enough to compete with Mad Max Gibson in Israel."

AUG 06 2014
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Culture

Geeks Bearing .Gifs

Is technology some teenage deity named Troy horsing around?
"You marvel at the fact that the last time a calendar year ended in"

AUG 03 2014
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Literature

D Mockcracy

Telemorphosis is the new Collective Selfie
"The myth of Big Brother"

AUG 01 2014
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Literature

Space as Cathedral

Earth's inhabitants still suffer from that oedipal thing
"It's time to reevaluate our collective relationship with the Mothership."

JUL 30 2014
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The Independent

Exception$ to the Rule

Would it kill bandiers of the Constitution to read it?
"We the people are the rightful masters of both the Congress & the courts..."

JUL 24 2014
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Culture

Accepting Unacceptable

Have our very tongues conjoined with our arses?
"Describing this verbal malady with the self-same term would be an indictment of accuser & accused"

MAR 22 2014
Undefined Title
Undefined Category

Waving, Back, Back, Back

Albert 'You Can Call Me Al' Einstein's done it again
"Two 19th century-born fellows, Lincoln and Einstein, have enabled us to climb aboard the 'way-back'."

MAR 20 2014
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Columns

Crimea Riven

It's Vlad the Annexer, Out for Blood?
"So, then, what's the potential fallout of this bloody scenario?"

MAR 14 2014
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Entertainment

Desert of the Reel

Cinema As Adolescent Angst
"Sometimes a cigar is just a phallic symbol."

JAN 18 2014
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The Left

Wildstein I Think I Luv U

or, The Battle of Trenton, Part Deux
"Mr. Soprano would have wondered aloud why Mr. Capone's kind word never seemed to have been uttered"

JAN 11 2014
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The Independent

Jersey Jaws

An Independent Flim (Flam) Maker and a Certain Bridge
"Picture this: You're the mayor of this little town, one that gets a lotta traffic, see..."

DEC 24 2013
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Music

This is Xmas, Sooo?

Lennon's Immortal Song As Sung by Johnny Lemon
"Um using Xmas so's not to offend atheists and that person we name when we don't feel so good."

DEC 05 2013
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Columns

Forever a Young, Man...

A timeless inspiration for RejuveNation within all nations
"May you always be courageous and stand upright and be strong..."

OCT 18 2013
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Culture

Out of Order

Game Over, want to play again?
"A 'reality' show that's renewed indefinitely, our only hope is that L.I.F.E.'s a simulation."

OCT 06 2013
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Columns

Putin on the Fritz

K is for my Kremlin, G is for Gotcha and B is for bigotry
"What will you, Vladimir, leave your people, and the world? Another Cherynobl?"

SEP 02 2013
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Entertainment

Chechin, Wrong

Rolling StonErrs
""Hey, man, I got no problem with rolling, but what were those stoners smokin?" a certain Cheechin"

AUG 01 2013
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Entertainment

To Russia, with Love

In which Edward S(n)ows his oat(h)s
"We knew James Bond, James Bond was a friend of ours; Edward, you're no James Bond."

JUL 30 2013
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Culture

Manning the Watchtower

Is his probable life sentence 'but a Joke'?
"All along the watchtower, princes kept the view...so let us not talk falsely now,the hour is... late"

JUL 29 2013
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Entertainment

Pro Bono, or Con?

Portrait of the Artist as a 'fund' man
"Still hasn't found what he's looking for?"

JUL 27 2013
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Culture

A Day in the Life of...

Amerika, or, just another Snow(den) day
"We now rejoin your life, already in progress."

JUL 25 2013
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Entertainment

Farina, a Made Mensch

Dennis Farina's zen and his memorable mantra
"Dennis 'Freakin' Farina, Resting In Peace"

JUL 23 2013
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Culture

Lennon versus Lenin

A Day in the Life of Amerika
"Woke up, got out of bed, dragged a coma across my head..."

JUL 20 2013
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The Independent

Snowden: Snowed or Naive?

Julian Assange called, he wants his attention back.
"Jim Garrison, born long before Mr. Snowden, warned us that fascism would come."

AUG 12 2012
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Columns

Big Feast at Tiffanys 4

Fib Newtons Gilded Age Redux
"You may decide which choice Mr. GingRich has made politics or honesty"

JUL 03 2012
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Columns

distrust of D.C. resolved

George Washington Called, He Wants His Good Name Back
"Even the ancient 'dumb shows' evoked some pity; the modern tri-branced version, not so much."

MAY 27 2012
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Culture

leave off The crass

whitman's 'body electric', revisited
"Was it doubted that those who corrupt their own bodies conceal themselves?"

APR 23 2012
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Culture

the divine ms. Monroe

One proposed answer to her multifaceted attraction
"If Elvis was the King, Marilyn always will be the Queen."

FEB 07 2012
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The Independent

why 'cans' can't do it

Culture of Banality, Begone
"Let us, then, kick the "can't" from our midst, banality be gone."

JAN 07 2012
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The Independent

islamists 'neath the veil

Does Al Qaeda's Flag Mean Liberation in Libya is Flagging?
"The camera doesn't lie: another flag is seen flying above a public building in Benghazi."

JAN 03 2012
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The Left

men in white:by gop films

Saving the Earth FOR the Worst Scum of the Universe
"Let's Bag Some Aliens."

JAN 01 2012
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Entertainment

Kardashian, of Kasablanca

A Neutral Look At the Land That OJ Simpson Discovered
"Andy Warhol, fed up with his hackneyed glib observation's overuse, was fed up."

DEC 12 2011
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The Independent

Dog day afternoon, 2012

Why American Politics Would Keep Countless Nuns Praying 24/7
"Since the middle ages there's been a word for this dumb show (also medieval): mummery."

DEC 11 2011
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The Independent

Donald's tromp de l'eoil

The Child is Father of the Man
"Wordsworth's unconscious poetic assessment of The Donald, our very own man/child."

DEC 05 2011
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Columns

an xmas carol for big tim

Bless Us All, Every One
"I have found a compelling exception to my agnostic rule, and its name is Tebow."

NOV 27 2011
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Entertainment

diarizing Ms. dobrev

My Inner Brit Calls Her 'Bloody Beautiful'
"A day in the life of a certain vamp of Sofia, Bulgaria. Now, Canada is my happy task."

NOV 25 2011
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Entertainment

michelle as marilyn

Our Time, Alone, With Her, in the Dark....Theatre
"Looking forward to our collective hours, 'alone' with Marilyn, aka Michelle.............."

NOV 25 2011
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Culture

acronyms: hip or flip?

How to Sound Really Well-Informed and Creative
"Americans Concerned Regarding Ominous Neglect of Your Mouthings, or, A.C.R.O.N.Y.M."

NOV 24 2011
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The Independent

mischief for millions

America, The Lost Shakespearean Tragedy
""And some that smile have in their hearts, I fear, Millions of mischiefs" (Act 4, scene 1, J.C.)"

NOV 23 2011
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Columns

An ode to steve Jobs

Portrait of the Artist As A, Still, Young Everyman
"..his adopted credo, "stay hungry, stay foolish" was the very template of his quest... for Beauty."

NOV 17 2011
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The Independent

our politic, molested

Why K St. Is the New Wall St.
"Who guards the guardians?"

NOV 17 2011
Looks.Love
Style

Fashion vs. style

How the Law is the Nerd on the Runway
"It's the singer, not the song -- How The Rolling Stones might save an industry that ain't music."