I react very badly when mediocrity throws a tantrum of entitlement.
Anonymity is a universal convention of the blogosphere, and the wicked expedience is that you can speak without consequences.
'Hotel Rwanda' is an American product, not a Rwandan one, made primarily for American audiences.
I am too childlike to be immature.
I have a confession to make. For years, I earned a living - or a sort of living - writing negative book reviews.
The terrorist threat is so cloudy, faceless, and vague, so manipulable by political purposes, so definitely present but indefinitely manifested, that it sometimes feels interchangeable with everyday dread itself.
Everyone seems to be fleeing from the responsibilities that come from being who you are. I think that is why the blogosphere is thriving. It allows people to develop a fantasy self.
Every man is a hero to his alias.
I love the Internet; I'm on it all the time.
In urban America, you do not so much meet a romantic partner as inherit the product of someone else's romantic crimes.
Oprah's aspiration to inspire her audience with hope - elaborated on her TV show, in her magazine, and on her website - is hardly ignoble.
Television has to reflect back to you your own sense of security. It also has to mirror your sense of your own decency and your own limitations.
The sitcom's traditional role has been to comfort the viewer who feels burdened by the unreality of American expectations.
The Web critic relies on his or her readers for attentiveness and approval.
A single week of Oprah takes you from bondage to all the violent terrors of life, to escape through vicarious encounters with celebrity, to visions of charity and hope, to hard resolve, to redemption and moral renovation.
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