Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Land of Doritos, Which Is Not In Mexico, Exactly . . .

From today’s New York Times obituary section: Arch West, Who Helped Create Doritos Corn Chips, Is Dead at 97 That reminded the hardworking staff of the George Saunders short story In Persuasion Nation, in which the Land of Doritos “is … Continue reading

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Like A Trolling Stone

Bob Dylan, it turns out, is a transmedia pickpocket. The legendary song/writer has already been accused of lifting material for his 2006 album “Modern Times” from obscure Civil War poet Henry Timrod; stealing passages from Junichi Saga’s Japanese gangster novel “Confessions of … Continue reading

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CultureGrrl Whacks Boston’s MFA For Caille-Butt Acquisition

To all appearances, the Boston Museum of Fine Art’s eight-for-one swap to acquire Gustave Caillebotte’s “Man at His Bath” has gone over like the metric system. Exhibit A: Boston Globe columnist Scot Lehigh. Now wait a minute, Mr. Malcolm Rogers, … Continue reading

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NYT, WSJ Live In Different New Yorks

My late great father-in-law Marvelous Marvin Sutton used to delight in declaring at suitable intervals, “Tough sledding on Wall Street: No snow.” So it was when an Adbusters-inspired protest (#OccupyWallStreet) filled New York’s Financial District last week with hundreds (not … Continue reading

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Eddie On The Tobin, Jack On The Zakim: You Can Come Down Now

That 14-inning Red Sox-Yankee war of attrition might prove to be a Pyrrhic victory: How much the Sox burned their bullpen could come back to, well, burn them against the pesky Orioles the next few days. But it sure made … Continue reading

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South Boston Rep. Steve Lynch Goes Postal

The United States Postal System is one step from the dead-letter office, given its $9 billion deficit. Op Art feature in Sunday’s New York Times: Things have gotten so bad, the American Postal Workers Union has launched an ad campaign to generate … Continue reading

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Cain Do In Florida Straw Poll

(Hey- quit groaning. At least it wasn’t Cain & Able.) One more indication that presidential hopeful Rick Perry (R-Am I Still the Frontrunner?) is in freefall after his bumbling debate performance on Thursday: His humbling on Saturday in the Florida … Continue reading

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Rick Perry Has A Viral (II)

The hardtracking staff has kept an eye on the viewership of Rick Perry’s web ad Proven Leadership the past few days, and here’s a handy clip ‘n’ save summary: Wednesday, 9/21: 1,101 views Friday, 9/23: 445,866 views Saturday, 9/24: 495,187 views Fade … Continue reading

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‘Moneyball’ Reviews Subject To Inflation

So the hardworking staff ventured forth from the Global Worldwide Headquarters yesterday and trundled over to the Fenway cinemas to take in the new movie “Moneyball,” the story of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane’s (legal) tender love affair with … Continue reading

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The Seamus Sweepstakes™ Lives!

New York Times columnist Gail Collins extends her Seamus Streak in today’s op-ed: Gloom pervades the land. Some people believe it’s the economy. Others blame the weather. I think it’s because the country is gradually coming to grips with the … Continue reading

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