Downton Abbey, the Masterpiece franchise about life at a stately British manor, began with the sinking of the Titanic; its recently-concluded second season took on the Great War and the influenza outbreak. It’s a series about people unaccustomed to change suddenly dealing with staggering new technological and sociological realities, those who have long enjoyed a Read More
As the new CEO on The Office, James Spader has been killing it. The season premiere saw the 80s star return as the enigmatic and semi-threatening Robert California taking Dunder-Mifflin’s “winners” out to a special lunch. After asking Jim an innocuous question about Sesame Street, he went off on a diatribe about the significance of one of its major characters.
“Elmo. God save us… the Elmo era. Sesame Street was created to reflect the environment of the children watching it. The complete self-absorption of Elmo is brilliantly reflective of our time. Our’s is a cultural ghetto. Wouldn’t you agree?”
Yes. We agree! Don’t stare at us with your cold, reptilian gaze, Mr. Spader! Not only do we agree with you, but we’ll raise you one better: That Sesame Street‘s introduction last night of “Lily,” a Muppet whose family lives below the poverty level, is proof that the show is not even trying to be subtle anymore about reflecting America’s current economic crisis.
Occupy Wall Street
The recent downtown occupation of frustrated, furry creatures protesting the unseen hands and strings that literally control them has become, against all expectations, violent. One wouldn’t think, given their peaceful dedication to teaching children everything from the value of being somebody to the value of the number six. And yet, the police state of Sesame Street has shown them no mercy.
TRAPPED IN THE CLOSET
Two famously close New York City men-puppets (“muppets”) of a certain fictional neighborhood that bears a striking resemblance to Fort Greene have officially been noted by their spokesperson to have never had sexual relations nor a specific sexual orientation, often speculated on given their widely public and historically intimate friendship.
This edition “Look What the Web Dragged In” is a bit like the Benjamin Button of brief roundups of flaky or interesting stuff on the Internet. We’ll begin with hearing from a very old man that the secret of living a very long and fruitful life–long enough to eventually be celebrated for just having made Read More
Today the web has dragged in misty but not water-colored memories, a muppet-chasing pop star on everyone’s favorite childrens’ show and those doggone cute kids from P.S. 22, reminding us to imagine. With the official beginning of Fall we also check ourselves to see if we still believe in birthday boy Bill Murray. Is he Read More
On the rainy evening of the fourth of May, a small group of people showed up at 17 Murray, a bar in Tribeca decorated with Frank Sinatra’s mugshot and one of those talking Rodney Dangerfield statues one might find in an Archie McPhee catalog, to celebrate the life and recent Read More