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No Excuses, CBS: Hire One of These Outstanding Women to Replace Letterman
April 04, 2014

We need a woman in late-night TV. Here are suggestions.

Last Night's Letterman Was a Slap In the Face to the News Cycle
October 17, 2013

Why Congress shouldn't pass bills late at night: The comedians are left with dated material

Late-Night Comedy, All Day Long
How Fallon, Kimmel, and other shows are adapting to the viral age
March 05, 2013

How Fallon, Kimmel and other shows are adapting to the viral age.

Fallon and Letterman and the Invisible Late Show Audience
October 30, 2012

Both "Late Night" and "The Late Show" highlighted just how much the studio audience has become ingrained in the format.

It’s Time to Retire the Late-Night TV Wars
August 23, 2012

Why do we still care about the timeline of late-night TV programming?

Whiff-Whaff
July 12, 2012

ASK WHO IS THE most charismatic Conservative in Britain right now, and the answer will come straight back: Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, once shadow minister for the arts, now mayor of London, columnist for The Daily Telegraph, comic turn-taker, and coquette. And soon to be leader of the Tory Party? Not according to him.

The Importance of Being Earnest
July 28, 2011

The Pale King By David Foster Wallace (Little, Brown, 548 pp., $27.99) Fate, Time, and Language: An Essay on Free Will By David Foster Wallace (Columbia University Press, 252 pp., $19.95) Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace By David Lipsky (Broadway Books, 320 pp., $16.99) I. Today we think of the 1920s as a golden age of American fiction. But to Edmund Wilson, looking back in 1944, the most striking thing about this modern generation, which he did more than any critic to foster, was its failure to reach full development.

On Harvey Pekar
July 16, 2010

I'd like to honor divergent traditions and share a couple of thoughts about Harvey Pekar, the comic-book writer, cult celebrity, and jazz lover, who died on July 12 at age 70. In eulogistic tradition, I have some nice things to say. Pekar cared deeply about music and made a life-long study of jazz. He came to the genre, as many of his fans came to him, in pursuit of a kind of anti-heroism that reinforced his self-image as an outcast marginalized for his superiority.

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