September, 2008

  • September 28, 2008 • Culture Dept. • Views: 266

    Seinfeld off Microsoft and Onto Short Bus

    So, Microsoft flushed its co-branding initiative with Jerry Seinfeld like Duchamp’s Dadaist toilet (which is a polite way of describing what many critics have regarded as absurdist excrement – see Maria Russo’s astute analysis at her...

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  • September 25, 2008 • Wine | Epicurea| Sonoma • Views: 178

    The Family Liar

    As one might expect, I hail from a family of storytellers (read: entertaining fibbers). Both sides of my lineage (the Greco and Anglo, in this case) each make a claim to some order of narrative provenance (the Greek side claims to have...

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  • September 24, 2008 • Culture Dept. • Views: 159

    Advice from AMC’s Executive Suite

    On the wing-tipped heels of AMC’s recent Emmy-grab with its retro-ad game series Mad Men, Charlie Collier, executive vice president and general manager of AMC, shares some professional insights with Diane Clehane at MediaBistro. The...

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  • September 22, 2008 • Culture Dept. • Views: 247

    5 Reasons to Applaud Damien Hirst

    English artist Damien Hirst has weathered controversy, critics and the unenviable task of fitting the corpse of a 14-foot tiger shark into a vat of formaldehyde. And still, there are five additional reasons to applaud him. 1. A two-day...

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  • September 18, 2008 • Culture Dept. • Views: 306

    Don’t Call Us

    Imagine if Grace Kelley slid her pinky over her iPhone screen instead of answering the landline tethered to her would-be assassination in Dial M for Murder; or if E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial, used his rollover minutes instead of hotwiring...

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  • September 14, 2008 • Culture Dept. • Views: 174

    Wine Fraud Uncorked

    A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, unless it’s the bouquet of a fine Bordeaux, that’s really a “faux-deaux.” Like the imitation Gucci bag and the Rolex reduxes strapped on cheaper wrists, wine too has made a splash...

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  • September 13, 2008 • Culture Dept. • Views: 284

    Fade Out for Projectionists

    So I’m at a wedding party and I’m talking to a movie theater projectionist about the trade. There is no trade he tells me. As more theaters have invested in digital projection technologies, the notion of a journeyman projectionist who...

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  • September 11, 2008 • Culture Dept. • Views: 208


    Pour yourself of glass of your favorite oft-maligned varietal and enjoy this chat with Rudy McClain, producer-director of the pro-merlot documentary Merlove. The podcast was pulled from a recent broadcast of Mornings in Sonoma (KSVY 91.3...

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  • September 11, 2008 • Culture Dept. • Views: 199

    Point, click, sip

    Whodda thunk that Napa Valley would be early adopters? According to Terry Hall, head flak at the Napa Valley Vintners, online uber-store will start selling Napa wines as well as those from an additional 25 states as early as the...

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  • September 9, 2008 • Culture Dept. • Views: 275

    Mobile blogging from the Fig

    Please bear with this brief post, which I’m writing via iPhone from my roost at the girl and the fig. I’ve downloaded a new app to facilitate this potential rival to my recent spate of twittering (are we not amazed by the...

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