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Poor Cher

Eventually, in all of our lives, we see our youth receding into our past.  “Come back,” we call.  “We were a great team together.  We had such fun.  717 more words

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The Walking Dead review you didn't ask for (replete with spoilers)

There are so many problems with this idiot show. For the record, I don’t even watch the Walking Dead; I sat in on the occasional episode while my parents and sister binge-watched all the previous 6 seasons. 433 more words


The Nobel Prize: A Moderately Inebriated Opinion

Artie Lennon, vocalist and guitarist, is a featured attraction on Sunday afternoons at the Old City Hall tavern and restaurant in Oswego, where Richard Cocks, Dick Fader, and I, and a few other known malingerers regularly assemble for… 155 more words

The Modern Condition

The Cubs Go To The World Series

I remember my grandfather, Edward Guffey, as a Cubs man. He taught me about baseball; hell, he forced my father to play catch with me in his backyard in Lynwood, Illinois, when my Dad didn’t want to play with me…to make my father interact with me when he wasn’t sure how to do so because the father-son bond was somewhat awkward…I used to sit in my grandfather’s kitchen, with his candy corn and VIP pipe tobacco mixed together in the middle of the kitchen table, while we watched summer Cubs games during the Fergie Jenkins/Jody Davis/Ryne Sandberg years…I listened to Harry Carey and Steve Stone broadcast games with my Grandpa and Grandma and loved every moment of it…I learned how to cut grass on a ride-on lawn-mower while he watched from the back window, and listened to both of them about the history of Chicago baseball,  literature, and culture. 117 more words

News/Social Commentary

From Cell to Cell: The Prison in Television and Performance, Oct. 29

From Cell to Cell: The Prison in Television and Performance is a one-day conference gathering scholars, artists, and activists to explore the intersections between theatre and performance-based prison work, especially in relation to different forms of activism, and televisual representations of incarceration. 45 more words

Television Beyond the Iron Curtain

My essay “Between Crossbow and Ball Gown, East and West: Class and Gender in the Cult Film Three Wishes for Cinderella (Tři Oříšky Pro Popelku/Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel)” has appeared in the anthology… 36 more words

Facebook Live: Retro Pop Box Unboxing

What is Facebook Live?

Facebook Live allows you to broadcast realtime video from your smart phone for all your Facebook friends to see live. It will also be available on your timeline for people to catch up with later. 142 more words

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