Internet: President Bush Killed Tarantino's Editor
Sally Menke, an Academy-Award nominated editor who Quentin Tarantino calls his “number one collaborator” died on Monday after hiking in L.A. during record-high temperatures. When actors in Tarantino’s movies would fluff their lines they’d often give a little “Hello Sally” shout-out directly to camera, talking to Menke, who’d see all the footage, good and...
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Bonds' License to Kill Doesn't Extend to the...
While immigration and rightward electoral drift continues to dominate the Euronews, the bond market is what’s quietly exciting Europe right now. (Remember: Bonds are the loans that governments take out to finance expenditure that they want to forget about for a decade.) Timothy Garton Ash, the King Kong columnist of Europe, got very scared when he started asking people about bond markets....
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"European Muslims are increasingly acting like...
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"Rise up, thou monstrous ant-hill on the plain /...
We will continue to hear that the Internet is killing concentration until the Singularity renders us unable to do anything except concentrate. But 18th century London was similarly feared, writes Stephen Burt, and city-living turned out OK, right? Appalled observers … react to the web as Wordsworth reacted to London, with its ‘endless stream of men and moving things’ … The hourly...
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TMN’s Todd Levin spoke with Splitsider about Our Bodies, Our Junk, a new book he has co-authored, and about his forthcoming gig writing for Conan. I really have no idea how different this book would have been with an all-female writing crew. I would imagine the drawing of a vagina might have been more accurate, though, and might not have included so many rows of fangs. It...
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The movie version of Edward Fiszer's life is...
After reading about the $2.7 million fraud allegedly committed by L.A. charter school principal Dr. Edward P Fiszer, I wanted to find out more about the guy. He was honored as a ‘Champion of Children’ by a child-advocacy organization and wrote three books, one titled Daily Positives: Inspiring Greatness in the next Generation. Hmm! In a review of Eat, Pray, Love on Amazon he...
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And then there's basketball.
The trial has begun in the Philippines of an influential politician accused of orchestrating the massacre of 57 people, including 30 journalists, ambushed and buried in mass graves. It’s the biggest such attack on the press in history. And then there’s basketball. Don’t just know the Philippines through this act of political violence, know its passions too. Harper’s...
Naked Germans and Champagne'd French Protest...
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Police have arrested Kermit Butts in connection with the murder of Samuel Boob.– Butts Arrested in Boob Murder Case - WeAreCentralPA.com
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There's Nothing Like a Snoop Security Team
Snoop Dogg has partnered with Symantec’s Norton for “Hack is Wack,” an anti-cybercrime rap contest. He warns “You know when my team come at you we’re gonna get you.” His other endorsements include Snoop Dogg Pet Accessory Line, Snoop Dogg 40 Oz Malt liquor, and Snoop Youth Football League, subject of a glorious profile in the Wall Street Journal.
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I cannot get married and have a family because I may lose them any minute, by a...– After Years of War, Few Iraqis Have a Clear View of the Future - NYTimes.com