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Music History #5: “I Don’t Like Mondays”

“I Don’t Like Mondays” Written by Bob Geldof (1979) Originally sung by The Boomtown Rats The Music It may be the catchiest murder ballad of all time. Laced with baroque piano flourishes and a call-and-response style chorus, the song is an earworm that makes you feel a little guilty for singing along. After all, you are echoing [...]

7 Political Disagreements Settled With Fists and Hair-Pulling

Getty Images Anyone with even a fleeting relationship to political news these days has probably noticed that partisan bickering in the U.S. Congress has reached a bit of a crescendo of late. So we got to thinking: When do politicians just give up on the vitriolic rhetoric and throw a punch? The answer: more often than you’d [...]

Inside Aaron Sorkin’s Brain

Aaron Sorkin is a fantastic writer of dialogue — as long as you’re okay with listening to Aaron Sorkin talking to Aaron Sorkin through the voices of miscellaneous actors. But really, I do love Sorkin, and I love listening to that endless echoing conversation; it’s like Mamet except it actually sounds like people I [...]

The Missing Links: TV & Food

Today’s edition of The Missing Links contains TV and food. And that’s pretty much it. Because who doesn’t like those? Gone Too Soon: TV Character Edition Try not to tear up as you read through the 30 Saddest Television Deaths. And since people hate spoilers, I will tell you not to read this if you’re halfway through any [...]

The Late Movies: West Wing’s CJ Cregg

When it comes to strong ladies on television, there’s lots of examples: Murphy Brown, Maude, and that girl played by Marlo Thomas are just a few notably badass fictional female characters. One of the toughest, though, is White House Press Secretary CJ Cregg, played by Allison Janney on West Wing. Here are some of her [...]

10 Other People Ronald Reagan’s Diary Only Mentions Once

During last night’s GOP debate, Mitt Romney attempted to minimize Newt Gingrich’s connection to President Reagan: “I looked at the Reagan diary. You’re mentioned once in Ronald Reagan’s diary. And in the diary, he says you had an idea in a meeting of young congressmen, and it wasn’t a very good idea and he dismissed it. [...]

Andrew Jackson’s Big Block of Cheese

There’s a great scene in The West Wing’s episode “The Crackpots and These Women” in which White House Chief of Staff Leo McGarry (John Spencer) tries to invigorate his exasperated team with a story about how Andrew Jackson kept a two-ton block of cheese in the foyer of the White House. According to Leo’s story, [...]

The Late Movies: Best of The West Wing

The West Wing combined drama, humor, sharp writing and dynamic characters and wrapped it all up as a U.S. civics lesson. Tonight for The Late Movies, here are a few of my favorite clips. Chief of Staff Leo McGarry, played by the late John Spencer, liked to hold Big Block of Cheese Days—days when people who [...]

“Hallelujah” 10 Ways

“Hallelujah” is a song written by Leonard Cohen in 1984, and never officially released as a single. It has become famous mainly through cover versions, and has been recorded by hundreds of artists. In 2008, American Idol contestent Jason Castro sang a version that caused Jeff Buckley’s famous cover to rocket to the top of [...]