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Orange is the New Black: More than “Caged Heat”

Tweet*Spoiler Alert* When I first joined the crowd and watched the popular Netflix series Orange is the New Black, my reaction was mixed. Yes, the first season accomplishes the goals of a television drama. It is entertaining, has an interesting plot,  contains character development, has strong dialogue, and inspires pathos. The show also provides insight [...]
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Occupy Carlton

TweetSwitched at Birth may not be on your great-television radar. It’s an ABC Family drama series about two teenage girls who discover, of course, that they were switched at birth. One of the girls, Bay, has grown up in a rich white family and is hearing; the other, Daphne, has been raised by a struggling [...]
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Missing “Downton Abbey”? Try Fay Weldon’s “Habits of the House”

TweetLet’s face it: you’re addicted. You can’t live without it. When you’re not actually enjoying it, you’re longing to savor it again. You’d be ashamed to admit how many waking moments you’ve devoted to obsessing about it. I’m not talking about drugs, kinky sex or even double chocolate layer cake. I’m taking about Downton Abbey. [...]
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Sinorrhea and the Strumpet: Why Joss Whedon’s “Firefly” annoys me

TweetMake no mistake, I like this show. I really do. I enjoyed it and hope the people responsible for its early cancellation have been ground down into powder by now. But the cultural narcissism annoys me, and some of the subtle sexism is hard to overlook. The culture of the sci-fi TV show Firefly’s universe is often billed [...]
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A president who is great or just good enough?

Tweet“This foreign policy stuff is a little frustrating,” George W. Bush was quoted saying in the New York Daily News in 2002. I thought of this little colloquialism as I watched the third presidential debate. I listened as Mr. Romney spoke of Syria being Iran’s only ally in the Middle East, but when he said, [...]
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