Vera Drake

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Mike Leigh is, without serious question, a major filmmaker. His method of improvising from complex characters to develop a then-fixed shooting script makes his movies feel like nobody else’s, he

Pop-ups and advertising

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Henry at Crooked Timber notices some GOP 527 ads in strange places: One of my colleagues complained to me this morning that her AOL Instant Messenger software had been hijacked by political spam. As I’ve seen for myself, every time she moves her cursor over the program, a loud, obnoxious movie-ad pops up, telling her in […]

Tracking Polls

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I’m statistically literate enough to know that Matt Yglesias is certainly right about this. So why do I stop what I’m doing to check Rasmussen every morning at 9:00 AM?

Dear Rex Sox Fans,

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On October 27, 2004

Congratulations. Good luck with the daunting task of constructing a new fan-identity that doesn’t revolve around your status as an eternally cursed loser. It won’t be easy, but I know you

Dear Fox

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Our esteemed commenter Leo raises many fine points, but I would like to note that your decision last night, during the eight inning of a World Series game–while the game was being played!–to “interview” a lame, racist caricature from a Budweiser ad represents a new low in your history of desultory baseball broadcasts. I mean, […]

Blogs of War

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One of the big stories of this election will be the blogs. From the mobilization of the grassroots and tapping of fundraising sources to keeping key stories alive when the rest of the media ignores th

Wow

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John Kerry says George W. Bush made a mistake by failing to secure 380 tons of high explosives in Iraq. George W. Bush does not make mistakes. The US Army was responsible for guarding the explosives.

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