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Are you a wingnut?

Here’s a simple test: If you can get through this Bat Segundo podcast interview without once thinking “Andrea Peyser is a dipshit a tired conservative hack with nothing to offer beyond old whines about Hollywood that were already worn out when Michael Medved and Bernie Goldberg recycled them,” then you’re probably suffering from early onset wingerism. Turn off FoxNoise, go for a walk, get some air.  

And if you’re thrilled by Peyser’s notion that George Clooney has no business getting angry when paparazzi photograph him in a toilet stall, or that the director of Schindler’s List is to be condemned for venturing even the mildest criticism of Israel — in short, that famous people are automatically idiots if they disagree with the political views Andrea Peyser is paid to advance — then you might want to seek medical help.

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Friday finds


Quick! There’s still time to order your Barbie as Tippi Hedren in The Birds doll for Christmas. Maybe they’ll also issue a corpulent Ken as Alfred Hitchcock doll who will corner Tippi Barbie and . . . well, maybe we don’t want to go there. But why not Barbie as Kim Novak in Vertigo, or Barbie as Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief? How about a Barbie as Eva Marie Saint doll complete with a North by Northwest Mount Rushmore display and a train tunnel where Barbie and Ken can . . . okay, we really don’t want to go there. But right now, I’m holding out for this as a stocking stuffer.

On the other hand, the first 250 episodes of The Bat Segundo Show are available on three DVD-ROMs. That’s interviews with everyone from T.C. Boyle and Octavia Butler to Richard Price and William Gibson.

Are you looking for a drink in Doha, the capital city of Islamic Qatar? The first thing you need to do is score yourself a library card.

Garry Wills is tired of talking about the Pope. That’s fine, as long as he keeps talking about everything else.

The Caustic Cover Critic gets extremely caustic and tremendously critical about ebook “cover” designs. Looking at the examples, I’d say he’s got a point.

The new issue of The Biographer’s Craft is up. So is the new issue of Ansible.

Lance Mannion talks vampires. Orhan Pamuk talks Turkish libraries. James Wood talks V.S. Naipaul (and William Deresiewicz talks James Wood). Viggo Mortensen talks politics, hobbits, The Hobbit and Good.

So back up your hard drive, already.

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