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Sunday, January 1 1995

Bojangles

So now you know -- this is the couple that will be carrying the bulk of the movie's drama and tension, and you can anticipate what these will entail -- struggles to be recognized, abuses by management, financial difficulties, and on-the-road infidelities.


Black and White in Colour

As anyone who has seen one of Midler's concerts knows, excessive behavior is her forte.


America’s Next Top Model: Cycle 6

To anyone even remotely web savvy, it was obvious who was going to win this cycle of America's Next Top Model long before New Oprah's forehead hove into view for the finale.


Alias

When Syd learns, in the first episode of 'Alias', that she's been working for the bad guys all along, she wants out. But of course, they won't let her out. Tres 'La Femme Nikita'.


American Dad!

American Dad! skewers its all-American dad Stan to impel its critique of Bush America.


The Amazing Race - Season Nine

It wasn't just that most players in TAR-9 failed to click with viewers, they also didn't provide enough real competition.


The American Embassy

'The American Embassy', no matter the PR concerning its political environment or interests, is essentially about relationships.


The Agency

PULL.


American Idol

When the potential Idol whined he was Season Five's Aiken, Simon Cowell responded acerbically, 'But Clay Aiken could sing.' With this one line, he perfectly encapsulated the problem with Idol.


American Family

PULL.


American High

The best parts of the show have had the least plot. Meeting the characters and exploring their backstories is more fun than watching anything they actually do.


Adult Swim

PULL.


Ally McBeal

At first, the fourth season's casting of Robert Downey, Jr. as a love interest for Ally seemed cheap and easy publicity for both show and actor. Maybe it was, but it paid off handsomely.


The American Embassy

'The American Embassy', no matter the PR concerning its political environment or interests, is essentially about relationships.


Yentl’s Revenge: The Next Wave of Jewish Feminism edited by Danya Ruttenberg

... is rich with shimmering moments of truth, flashes of brilliant insight, a wealth of fascinating personal experiences, and plenty of food for thought. The reader is drawn out of his or her own 'box' and into an intriguing, unfamiliar, and often exotic world. My honest reaction after finishing the book was to wish I could email all these interesting, lively women so we could keep the discussion going.


Where Dead Voices Gather by Nick Tosches

Nick Tosches's elegantly written and emotionally satisfying case for [elusive singer Emmett Miller] makes one think of American music in an altogether different manner. Tosches convinces us that hearing Miller and the expansiveness of his yodel redraws the landscape of our cultural environment.


Wrestling: A Pictorial History by David Hofstede

David Hofstede presents wrestling from its early days of genuine competition to its current offerings of circus-like performances, but throughout the book he shows a deep respect for the sport.


What the Fuck: The Avant-Porn Anthology by Michael Hemmingson

'What the Fuck' is too concerned with being artsy and obscure to truly be what it envisions itself as: the Johnny Depp film of literary porn.


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