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TV America Breaks News

Talky talky head head, talky head, talky head. Heady heady talk talk, heady talk, heady talk. Talky head, talky head, screeny fully talky head. Heady talk, heady talk, fully screeny heady talk. Repeaty-peat, repeaty-peat, peat-peat, repeaty, Peat-repeaty peat-peat, peaty-peaty poot. … Continue reading

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“Bid for Connection”

Frank Bruni has written about his personal confrontation with potential loss of vision. In this column he writes of Joel Burcat, an environmental lawyer who has published a debut novel, “Drink to Every Beast,” after becoming legally blind. Bruni celebrates … Continue reading

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Amazing Apology

The man who wrote the words of “Amazing Grace” was a reformed English slave trader. He wrote the following: “I am bound in conscience to take shame to myself by a public confession which, however sincere, comes too late to … Continue reading

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The Saving Grace of Dinghies

I have had a soft spot in my heart for the humble dinghy since boyhood. At age 14 I ordered the plans for building a one-design sailing dinghy called the El Toro. Regrettably I never got the thing built, but … Continue reading

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Patrician Passion With an Accent

The drama – featuring the kind of flat, chirruping upper-middle-class English accents that aren’t usually voiced on screen – is intriguing and uncompromisingly high-minded, right on the laugh-with/laugh-at borderline, but interestingly unafraid of mockery. (Peter Bradshaw, “Vita & Virginia review … Continue reading

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The Guardian on Relationships

“How to tell your best friend you’re in love with them — by those who have taken the plunge” (Sirin Kale, The Guardian, 7-1-19) In days of yore this headline would not invite the interpretation that you love your best … Continue reading

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New Old Proverb

… “Skinfolk,” as the old proverb goes, aren’t always “kinfolk.” (Jamelle Bouie, “Kamala Harris Doesn’t Have to Believe in Joe Biden’s Innocence,” NYTimes, 7-1-19) This old proverb is new to me. It has the virtues of a good proverb: pith, … Continue reading

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