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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Rediscovering the joy of discovery, with musical cues.

What I would like to submit for your consideration is my list of the top ten albums that, if placed craftily in the path of the hipster, could result in renewed interest in the classic Christmas canon as a whole and, who knows, maybe even make it the next big thing. Freed from the clutches of the 24 hour Christmas music cycle, I think the charming quirks of each of these albums will excitedly dampen the beaks of the culture vultures among us.

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Deepak Chopra’s crash pad.

Deepak Chopra is a somewhat irksome figure in the world of mindfulness, having injected it with a jolt of capitalist striving I’m not entirely sure it needs. Case in point, this Times Real Estate profile of his flash Manhattan condo, in which the Master makes it clear he has risen above the played-out schtick of the human condition—69 floors above it, to be exact, a hair’s breadth beneath the penthouse. Despite his septuagenarian standing, Chopra is happy to emphatically state, “I don’t have any ailment.”  Unbreakable or otherwise, he still manages to whip out a pip of quotable wisdom for the common man: “Every home is imbued with the consciousness of its tenant,” for example.…

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

“War of the Worlds.”

If you squint your eyes on a cloudy day, it’s possible to imagine Seth MacFarlane as a sort of modern day Orson Welles. MacFarlane shares not only Welles’ blustery, sonorous voice and his imposing, “dandy linebacker” figure (to quote Sweet Smell of Success, “I call him the boy with the ice cream face”), but also his interest in dabbling in many forms of media at once and a taste for jokes about boobs (few people today probably recall that the original shooting script for Citizen Kane called for Kane’s last word not to be “rosebud,” but rather “snowcones,” William Randolph Hearst’s pet name for Marion Davies’ bosoms).…

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