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Being Boring on <i>Beautiful/Anonymous</i>

Being Boring on Beautiful/Anonymous

It seems like comedian Chris Gethard is everywhere I look, showing up time and again on the old news feed. It’s probably because his sense of humor plays off the widespread anxiety that we all seem to have. This week he’s premiering his off-Broadway Apatow-produced play, Career Suicide, which retells Gethard’s own real-life suicide attempt–as a comedy. Which tells you something […]

Afraid of a Love That There’s No Cure For: Reviewing <i>Trainwreck</i>

Afraid of a Love That There’s No Cure For: Reviewing Trainwreck

Some of you will want to slash my tires when I say this: I hated most of the movie Trainwreck. Like really hated it. I watched it at my parents’ house and, as any self-assured 31-year old girl would do, I held my finger over the “Pause” button all two hours and five minutes of […]

Murder Your Spouse and Other Practical Tips for a Happy Marriage

Murder Your Spouse and Other Practical Tips for a Happy Marriage

“The word of the cross for marriage is the word of perpetual absolution. It is the word that forgives the existence of the other.” Paul Zahl, Grace in Practice In the next two weeks, I will be attending two weddings. Because I will merely be a guest at both weddings, I have no legitimate basis […]

Cigarettes, Cupcakes, Narcissicism, and Sympathy: Reflections on Judd Apatow

Cigarettes, Cupcakes, Narcissicism, and Sympathy: Reflections on Judd Apatow

Judd Apatow, as we all know, has been carving out quite an adultescence-shaped niche for himself these past ten years. After scaling Mt. Blockbuster as writer/director of The 40 Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, and producer of Bridesmaids, he has pursued a more eccentric and personal direction, first with the vastly underrated Funny People, and then […]

Another Year Ends: Evangelical Decline, more Les Mis, Tebow Absurdity, Anxious Parents, The Hobbit, Apatow in Crisis, Millenial Affirmations and A Muppet Family Christmas

Another Year Ends: Evangelical Decline, more Les Mis, Tebow Absurdity, Anxious Parents, The Hobbit, Apatow in Crisis, Millenial Affirmations and A Muppet Family Christmas

1. An uncommonly insightful piece by John Dickerson appeared in The NY Times about “The Decline of Evangelical America.” Writing as an evangelical himself, Dickerson recites some jarring statistics before launching into a sympathetic and genuinely hopeful conclusion, ht SZ: In 2007, the Institute for Jewish and Community Research, in a survey of 1,300 college […]

Another Week Ends: Advent Mudballs, Freaks and Geeks, Christian Pariahs, Yiddish Petraeus, Hitchcock Communion, Scott Walker and Super Wolf

Another Week Ends: Advent Mudballs, Freaks and Geeks, Christian Pariahs, Yiddish Petraeus, Hitchcock Communion, Scott Walker and Super Wolf

1. Not sure exactly what The American Interest is, but Walter Russell Mead’s reflection on the meaning of Advent is the most moving and poetic thing I’ve read on the subject this season, ht TH: As a kid I could never understand why Advent was a season of fasting and solemnity in the church rather […]

Beers and Weirs and Disco and Dragons and <i>Freaks and Geeks</i>

Beers and Weirs and Disco and Dragons and Freaks and Geeks

“We’re all unhappy. That’s the thing about life.” — Lindsay Weir It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than ten years since Freaks and Geeks was on the air. Time has been kind to the show, the freaks in particular – James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segal having become superstars and co-creators Judd […]