24 current reasons to be thankful in 2014

Sure, the government’s a mess, the environment is spiraling out of control and American cities are actually burning. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take time to consider some of the reasons we all have to be thankful. So everyone, please put down your ...

5 current top 40 pop songs I actually like, so sue me

I drive my daughter Jackie to school in the morning, and because I’m a swell dad, I let her select the radio station. Occasionally she’ll throw me a bone and put on one of “my stations” — she can sometimes find something ...

JUST WONDERING: 10 comic book TV questions

I have to admit that I’ve kind of given up lately on brainy, morally ambiguous cable and Netflix shows like “House of Cards,” “Mad Men” and “Boardwalk Empire,” in favor of a genre that is less taxing on my overworked cranium: comic ...

Here’s the proof: Dylan was good in the ’80s

Maybe it’s because it’s when I first discovered Dylan, but I’ve always had a soft spot for his much-maligned ’80s output. I was still an impressionable college sophomore when a friend gave me a mixtape of Dylan songs in an attempt to ...

A belated love letter to Sue Heck

I have a sister-in-law who shall remain nameless who has unironically embraced a new life philosophy, which she has dubbed “WWSHD” – “What Would Sue Heck Do?” Several days into this endeavor she sat down at our kitchen table and declared, “It’s ...

Thomas Land is coming! You’ve been warned

Yes, there were times as a toddler when my son Tim, now 12, would have fits in the supermarket, or demand to be carried for hours on end, or point at things and grunt and expect immediate service, like some rich mute ...

We come in praise of ‘America’s Got Talent’

I’ll say right off that I am not a fan of talent competition shows, with their rosy-cheeked overachieving would-be Mariahs and dysfunctional judges panels. But that’s not to say there haven’t been exceptions — one would be “The Sing Off,” ...

Farkakte Film Flashback: Newspapers Go To The Movies

You may have heard the old joke about the guy who cleaned up after the elephants in the circus and complained to his friend about the long hours, the low pay and the dirty work. When his friend asked him why ...

CD Review: Frank Turner, “Rock & Roll”

Leave it to British folk-rock rebel Frank Turner to come in under the wire for 2010 with Rock & Roll, a five-song EP that offers 17 of the most compelling minutes of music released this year – and that, ...

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