March 4th, 2008

i am not a stuffed tiger.

viva mclaughlin

Often, Chuck Klosterman's essays are often infuriating because they either rest too heavily on evidence-lite Gladwellesque "this counterintuitive point is actually true because I say so, or at least it fooled my editor" (e.g., "the Patriots are more interesting if they lose") or because they are so on target about some bit of culture that you really like that you wish that you'd written it yourself. His column in this month's Esquire about the McLaughlin Group, one of my very favorite shows, falls into the latter category:
The shows that plagiarized the “McGroup” format copied the wrong things; the only quality they duplicated was the volume. What actually makes The McLaughlin Group so continually watchable is a) its inherent understanding of how personal dynamics operate, b) its supernatural ability to incarnate idealized semiotics, and c) the force of one specific personality. The show remains brilliant. [esquire]

The article also has pretty nifty onMouseOver inline footnotes. too.

I pretty much refuse to do anything on Sunday until I've watched it. This explains why I'm always at least 10 minutes late to brunch.

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i am not a stuffed tiger.

clarification on a wake

If I hadn't read Paul La Garge's profile of Gary Gygax ("Destroy All Monsters" [believer]), I'd have no idea why the nerdosphere was holding a wake this afternoon. I have never played Dungeons & Dragons, though I do remember seeing part of the movie on television.
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