Monthly Archives: February 2011

Best Books for Valentine’s Day

I love Valentine’s Day.  I really do.  It’s some sort of weird disorder, or maybe just a testament to the successful rhetoric of greeting card companies.  But in any case, it’s nice to think that once a year you can … Continue reading

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Super Bowl Car Commercials II: Vader Kid

It has been declared, almost unanimously it seems, the best commercial of the Super Bowl.  And it’s for a Volkswagen Passat, a decidedly un-luxurious vehicle.  What does this spot tell us about the persistence of traditional narratives of middle class … Continue reading

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Super Bowl Commercials I: Is it Okay to Start Buying Stuff Again?

Can the privileged class start enjoying its privileges again already? Here’s the first in a three-part series on the Super Bowl’s auto commercials (including perhaps THE only two popular ads this year). They tell a divided story. Audi: Release the … Continue reading

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Dispatches from DC: The Problematic Ambitions of “Donald”

I like McSweeney’s when it’s funny.  And though I have gone back and forth on Dave Eggers, I have been strongly in the “pro” camp (at least when it comes to his work) since Zeitoun, a powerful piece of writing … Continue reading

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