Mike Vago
mikevago
Author of five books, including Selfdestructible, his first novel. He tells people he lives in New York, but he really lives in New Jersey.
Jul 29
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30 Rock is basically a live-action remake of the Muppets as it is, with an expanded role for Sam the Eagle.

Jul 29
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They should just quote Nathan Rabin’s horrified review in its entirety.

Jul 29
1

One could argue that the very nature of the Senate constitues a form of gerrymandering given that Kamala Harris represents 19.75 million Californians and Mike Enzi represents 289,380 Wyomingans, (I have no idea what the proper noun is for people from Wyoming), and no one represents 3.2 million Puerto Ricans or 705,000 Read more

Jul 27
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I said for years that a terrific vehicle for the Muppets would be a puppet remake of Larry Sanders, with Kermit as Larry, Fozzie as Hank, and Piggy as Artie, and the 2015 Muppets had so much potential to be that while falling so far short of being that.

Jul 21
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The Uncivil podcast (Rutgers history professor does deep dives on small stories from the Civil War) had a terrific episode about a New Yorker who almost singlehandely bankrupted the Confederacy, because he started re-printing their money as souvenirs, and the goverment realized his fake Confederate dollars were so Read more

Jul 7
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He’s talking about police brutality, not funky crime. 

Jul 7
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In fairness, the Scots were determined enough to use every part of an animal to invent haggis, so I think they win that contest.

Jul 1
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It’s not like our system of choosing leaders is working out so well at the moment. Tell me the country would be worse off right now with Millie Bobby Brown in charge.

Jun 28
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July 1st birthday here. My first several birthday parties were incorporated into our 4th-of-July family reunion, and my parents were happy to let me believe the fireworks were for me.

Jun 28
3

Duly noted. I’ve seen both in print and wasn’t sure which was preferred.

Jun 28
10

Agreed, (and I wouldn’t charactarize Elagabalus’ life as heroic, per se). But it also deflates the argument that being gay or trans is “unnatural” if it’s been part of human behavior for as long as we’ve been recording human behavior.

Jun 15
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There was a big movement in NYC in the 00s to break up warehouse-sized schools into several smaller, more manageable schools housed in the same warehouse-sized building. Although most of them didn’t get called anything as hifalutin as “educational complex!”

Jun 14
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Yeah, somebody find me the world’s largest violin so I can smack them upside the head with it.

Jun 14
14

This is something not enough people acknowledge in politics — you need someone charismatic who can articulate a vision and win over voters, but then you also need someone who can do the boring, nerdy, minutae that actually makes things happen. (As exemplified by Chris Traegor and Ben Wyatt) Read more

Jun 9
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Hey, we’re only ten years away from having working cold fusion, and we have been for 40 years!

Jun 1
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> Men would be butting their heads to settle their differences and then all go out and eat paper trash to celebrate.

Would be? I take it you’ve never been to South Jersey.