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Boston Under Siege, My Kids in the Driveway

Why I avoided the media last week

America feels increasingly like a nation united by spectacles of atrocity.

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The Media Myth of the Dyad

Partners in crime are rarely what they seem on TV

Partners in crime are rarely what they seem on TV.

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Paradise Lost

'Top of the Lake' ends as a beautiful mess

After its two-part conclusion on Monday night, Top of the Lake seems imperfect, but so is life and so are the mountains in the show—they are wild, insisting on shapes of their own. The show was ragged, too, and the channel showing it was tattered yet strident. You could despair of those things, or begin to see them as part of the message. I don’t know whether Jane Campion selected this narrative autism in advance, or to what extent it was happenstance or mistake.

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Dear TV: 'Mad Men' Season Six: Episode 3, Post 2

“Do You Know What You’re Fighting For?”

Dear Television,

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Rebel Wilson Wants You to Squirm

The rising Aussie comedienne is the anti–Melissa McCarthy

The rising Aussie comedienne is the anti–Melissa McCarthy.

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Dear TV: 'Mad Men' Season Six: Episode 3

The Rules of Engagement

In last night's "Mad Men," everyone's a prostitute.

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Chris Hayes's Challenge

When unserious subjects happen to serious journalists

When unserious subjects happen to serious journalists.

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The show is becomming more symphonic poem than novel.

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Dear TV: Mad Men Season Six: Episode 1

Matthew Weiner's death obsession

Matthew Weiner's death obsession

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Journalism As Extreme Sport

HBO's "Vice" goes from Brooklyn to Afghanistan, ironic distance intact

HBO's "Vice" goes from Brooklyn to Afghanistan, ironic distance intact.

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