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Aretha's hat for the people
Thu Jan 22
If I must bite on an esteemed colleague's recent post, it is only with the best intentions. I am of the mind that every man, woman and child in America needs to know about this. Friends, countrymen, patriots: You too can wear Aretha's hat. If it's good enough for the Golden Girls, you know it's good enough for you. Note: There's already a Flickr group for hat photos. Sweet heavens, I love the Internet.
Inauguration Day, after
Wed Jan 21
TONY's president reports from D.C.: Getting up at a leisurely 7am on Obama's Inauguration Day turned out to be a mistake in retrospect. We should've done as our G Street hosts told us and left the house at 6am to secure a good viewing spot. We were ticketless for viewing areas, and so at the mercy of the crowd's size. We left the house by 8am, and walked roughly two miles to get near a viewing area where police were letting people in. It turned out to be within yards of the Washington Monument, very much in the back of the viewing area. JumboTrons were set to face straight back, so if you were on the side as we were, you had to either crane your neck for a slice of the view, or just be content to watch the people around you. Most of our group ended up huddling together in the cold, heads down, just listening. Great cheers went up as each past President was introduced, and the loudest jeers were reserved for Lieberman and Cheney. We heard later that the television broadcasts...
TV: Watch out
Wed Jan 21
TONIGHT: Lost (9pm on ABC) From TONY's four-star review of tonight's season four premiere: "For a show that revolutionized the flashback and flash-forward, When am I? has never been a more apropos catchphrase. But Lost's own constants remain: Sawyer's still mean and topless, Locke is still rocking a Jesus complex, and the matter of Richard's eyeliner has yet to be resolved." (Read the rest of the review here.) To prep for the two-hour season starter, ABC will run a catch-up Lost clip show at 8pm. Also tonight: Tim Roth plays a human lie detector on the premiere of Lie to Me (9pm on Fox), and restaurant wars inflate Top Chef to a supersized 75-minute episode (10pm on Bravo).
Sundance 2009: "Fight club"
Wed Jan 21
Is it a coincidence that the two best things I've seen since slouching into Park City are essentially one-man shows, with one-word titles that end with -son and that center on raging psychopaths? (Actually, one of the gentlemen in question is more of a reformed madman, but we'll get to that in a bit.) Does this say something about me? Should I be consulting a therapist and working through some buried issues? In any case, these respective portraits—one a biopic, the other a documentary—have stood out in what's been a year of few valleys (Paper Heart notwithstanding) and even fewer peaks. But here are two men, each the human equivalent of a clenched fist, staring into the camera and chilling you to the marrow. They each took me to hell and back, left me trembling and made me grateful for the trips. Bronson His name was Michael Peterson; he was a British teen who tried to rob a bank in the early '70s and got caught. Peterson decided upon his arrival at the big house that he was...
The inaugural address: "Humbled by the task before us"
Tue Jan 20
Part two: The full text of the address is here. What did you think?