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So You Think You Can Be President: The U.S. Election as a Talent Search Show

(1) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 4:53 PM

Everybody wants to get into the act. -- Frequent catch-phrase of U.S. entertainer Jimmy Durante (1893-1980)

There has been an inversion in the shape of television variety entertainment over the last quarter-century. The shows used to feature professional entertainers offering the product, and the studio and home audiences consuming it....

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The Mass Appeal of the Secret Life

(1) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 3:02 PM

Dexter Morgan is a mild-mannered blood-spatter expert with Miami Homicide -- and, secretly, a serial killer who channels his compulsions into slaughtering others who have themselves been getting away with murder. Walter White is a mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher, and devoted husband and father -- and, secretly, the manufacturer...

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Hardly the Mysterious Hand of God, Your Holiness

(4) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 12:28 PM

On Sunday, June 17, Pope Benedict XVI told Irish Catholics that it is a "mystery" to him why priests and other church officials have been abusing children entrusted to their care for at least the past several decades.

In a pre-recorded video message for an outdoor mass...

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Taking a Trip with Maurice Sendak

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2012 | 9:29 AM

One day in the 1970s, when I was in my early 20s, I was sitting in a friend's apartment in Montreal, in the throes of a very intense LSD trip, and talking, probably rather incoherently, about the emotional journeys that we take to confront our inner psychological demons.

My...

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