Author Archives: bdure

Why must writers become editors?

Good question that recalls the Mitch Hedberg complaint: “Hey, you’re a really good cook? Can you farm?” And a few sound criticisms of the status quo: If you believe that having four editors edit a story produces a better story than … Continue reading

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Brooks Wheelan: Smartest SNL short-timer ever?

I love this guy’s positive attitude, and I love the description “comedian/biomedical engineer.” Maybe he and Ken Jeong can team up for the nerdiest sketch comedy show ever. Brooks Wheelan on ‘SNL’ Firing: ‘Yeah, That Adds Up’ – TheWrap.

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Weird Al-related question: Lamest claims to fame

Lame Claim to Fame isn’t the best track on “Weird Al” Yankovic’s No. 1 album Mandatory Fun, but it’s worth a listen, and the video entertains: And now it’s stuck in my head. Whenever I think of some tenuous connection I have … Continue reading

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Jason Biggs, Challenger and coping with tragedy through humor

You may have heard Jason Biggs, associated with either American Pie by people my age or Orange is the New Black by those a little younger, got in a bit of trouble for a tweet about the Malaysia Airlines downing. Biggs joked, “Anyone wanna buy … Continue reading

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PolitiFact’s PunditFact scorecard: Give it an F

PolitiFact is a wonderful operation, but like any other analytical tool, it has its limits. The new PunditFact scorecards for the TV networks acknowledge those limits and simultaneously pretend they don’t exist. Here’s how those contradictory forces play out: 1. Oh, don’t … Continue reading

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Classic rock: Inside the numbers

From FiveThirtyEight: Led Zeppelin is classic rock. So are Mötley Crüe and Ozzy Osbourne. But what about U2 or Nirvana? As a child of the 1990s, I never doubted that any of these bands were classic rock, even though it … Continue reading

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The lines of legitimate debate: Climate change edition

Not quite as clever as John Oliver doing the “representative” climate change debate with 97 people vs. 3. But still an interesting pushback against the idea that “both sides” need to be represented when the two “sides” are clearly not … Continue reading

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Liberal arts: Still not dead

Andrew Sullivan highlights a couple of words in defense of studying English and other liberal arts, first from the hiring point of view and then from a more general “hey, maybe people should know how to think” point of view, … Continue reading

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Rik Mayall, the people’s poet

The death of Rik Mayall is profoundly sad news for those of us who grew up as fans of The Young Ones and were always sorry that they only ever made 12 episodes. I was actually planning to start a movement to … Continue reading

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Sex, nerds, entitlement, rape and getting better

I thought about writing an “open letter” to mass shooter Elliot Rodger in response to his manifesto of suffering women’s rejection. Perhaps even borrowing the “It gets better” line that we saw in a gay advocacy series of videos, telling … Continue reading

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