Great Paragraphs: Eddie Izzard on God and dinosaurs

Great Paragraphs: Eddie Izzard on God and dinosaurs

So, in the Christian faith God created Adam in his own image, yeah? So that was good, but 65 million years before that God created the dinosaurs using the image of his cousin Ted. And Ted was not the black sheep of the family—he was the huge fucking monster of the family. And there must have been God, I mean it’s not in the Bible, is it? It should have been mentioned somewhere around Genesis.…

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TV Review: ‘Person of Interest: Death Benefit’

TV Review: ‘Person of Interest: Death Benefit’

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Season 3, Episode 20: “Death Benefit” | Original air date: April 15, 2014

Person of Interest” doesn’t work for me as a drama anymore.

It doesn’t work because I spend most of the hour thinking how lousy the cops must be in whatever city Reese (Jim Caviezel), Finch (Michael Emerson) and Shaw (Sarah Shahi) have their massive gun battles.

This week, the cops in Washington, D.C., were made to look…

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TV Review: ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Providence’

TV Review: ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Providence’

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Season 1, Episode 20: “Providence” | Original air date: April 15, 2014

“Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.” wants us to believe they’ve always had a plan — that this long, mostly dull slog through forgettable episodes is finally paying off with this season-ending story tied into the “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” movie.

But it’s a sham. “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” has always been a sham, despite the…

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Great Paragraphs: Bill Hicks on advertising and marketing

Great Paragraphs: Bill Hicks on advertising and marketing

By the way, if there is anyone here tonight who is in advertising or marketing … kill yourself. … Seriously, though, if you are, do. No, really, there’s no rationalization for what you do and you are Satan’s little helpers. You are the ruiners of all things good. … I know what all the marketing people are thinking right now. “Oh, you know what Bill’s doing? He’s going for that anti-marketing…

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Moments: On not being able to care everything

Moments: On not being able to care everything

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The New York Yankees, my favorite baseball team, played the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night. ESPN broadcast the game. I remember seeing the two teams were on TV and thinking, “Ugh. Not again.”

The Sunday game was only the fourth time they played this season. They’re scheduled to play 19 times. But I am already tired of the Yankees and the Red Sox. And it is only April 13.

This exhaustion is not…

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TV Review: ‘Mad Men’ Season 7 premier ‘Time Zones’

TV Review: ‘Mad Men’ Season 7 premier ‘Time Zones’

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Season 7, Episode 1: “Time Zones” | Original air date: April 13, 2014

“Mad Men” enters its seventh and final season with its characters very much on the edge of collapse.

The drunken, mentally unstable Don Draper (Jon Hamm) is still suspended from his advertising firm, but he’s pitching ideas through Freddy Rumsen (Joel Murray), the lovable recovering alcoholic accounts man, in what Rumsen…

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