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Plugging into literature

A torrent of words and information — PowerPoint slides, textbook pages, text messages, Tumblr posts — pervades every moment of a college student’s day. The act of reading consumes class and homework time, and perusing blog posts and Facebook messages fills leisure time. Understandably, this endless stream of letters has left
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Custom Screening: Tootsie Pops and the city

In television terms, this column is a pilot…” is the opening statement I have arrived at as I reluctantly minimize the iTunes window that has been indulging my procrastination for the last two hours with back-to-back “Sex and the City” episodes. Remember that moment in “Pulp Fiction” when Jules tells
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Third dimensions of a flat kind

Savage Heart Murmurs

While high school nostalgia, or Vegas, wasted most of us during spring break, my parents’ brand new high-definition plasma TV radiated all the real-time exhibitionism I could handle during five days of Oregon rain (and fresh crab!). Recovering from Craig Ferguson’s camera-tapping into my bereft soul, I concluded that the
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The Return of “Mad Men”

With “Mad Men” returning this Sunday with a two-hour premiere, some may be wondering how to celebrate the return of the Emmy dominating show after 17 months. After such a dramatic ending of season 4 and equally dramatic negotiations about the return of the show on AMC, the pressure is
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TV Land: Something completely different

The late ’90s were trying times for all of us. It was clear the apocalypse was near as Y2K was imminent, the first “Star Wars” prequel was released and some sadistic son of a bitch decided bleached tips were an attractive quality for pre-adolescent boys. For better or worse, Lance
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TV Land: The secret life of guilty pleasures

I have absolutely no excuse for what’s about to follow. I’m more ashamed than the time I spent $18 and a 45-minute bus trip to see “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience.” I’m more forlorn than the time the Jonas Brothers refused to answer my question during their Facebook live
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TV Land: AMC knows drama

“What’s happened?” It’s a good question to ask in regards to any TV show. What’s happened? Where is this show going? Why did I just find my remote in the freezer next to the mozzarella sticks? They’re all important inquiries with equally vital answers. Save that last question. All you
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TV Land: The Life and Death of Saturday Night Live

The year was 1975. The country, still a fresh-faced youth barely 200 years old, was experiencing perhaps its proudest moment in history — the Watergate scandal. Everyone’s favorite lady-in-a-dress-touching-letters game show, “Wheel of Fortune,” premiered on NBC and, according to Wikipedia, my new favorite Great Lakes region orchestra, the Chippewa
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TV Land: The Apathy of the Emmys

There were so many better things to do on Sunday night than watch the Emmys. I had homework, there was a Choco Taco in the freezer ready to be devoured and it was high time I showed the spider making its home in my room who was boss. I live
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TV Land: Pilot season prostitution

As with courting a new relationship or selecting your first prostitute, watching a new television show can be a delicate and tricky business. There’s hopefully less chance of contracting the clap (unless you’re watching “Jersey Shore”), but the risk remains the same. Television is one duplicitous temptress and, come every
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