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.
2/16/20
9:54 PM
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I’ve always wanted to bring an empty vodka bottle to the gym as my water bottle, just to see people’s reactions when I take swigs from it on the treadmill.

2/16/20
9:52 PM
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Alto sax always looks absurdly small when played by a grown adult.

2/16/20
9:49 PM
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Now that you mention it, I should really add an “Is there a Simpsons?” category, like the Unspooled podcast does with every classic movie they discuss.

2/9/20
11:51 PM
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Except, as I constantly had to remind people during this impeachment, Pelosi doesn’t become president. That’s only how it works if the President and Vice President are removed (or die) simultaneously. Look at Nixon: Agnew resigned, they replaced him with a noncontroversial moderate, then Nixon resigned, Read more

2/9/20
11:48 PM
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This is pretty quickly turning into a “which was worse, slavery or the Holocaust” discussion. I think we can all agree they’re both pretty fucking awful, and I’m saying that will full entertainment-journalist objectivity.

2/9/20
11:45 PM
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Hey, let’s just pretend having a consensual releationship and sexual harrassment and rape are exactly the same thing. Everybody say it with me now:

2/5/20
1:10 AM
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Oh, I remember it well. My wife and I quoted the awful trailer for that one for years afterwards. “He’s talkin’ to Johnny... on the radio... in the future!” And Dennis Quaid’s terrible accent: “I’m not a cop! I’m a foyafightah!” And the time travel reaches Bill & Ted levels of absurdity, except Bill & Ted was actually Read more

1/29/20
12:29 PM
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I’ve gotten to the point where I severely judge a book by its cover. I like sci-fi, and you can spot a mile away whether a book’s going to be a cookie-cutter Blaze Lasercock Shoots Lots of Stuff or something thoughtful based on whether the cover’s well-designed or just has someone who looks like a video game character Read more

1/26/20
8:41 PM
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It’s funny, the history books usually celebrate that populist Jackson broke the Founding Fathers’ elitist hold on power, but then given everything we know about Jackson... maybe the elitist Founding Fathers had a point? As much as I don’t like to make any “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, democracy doesn’t Read more

1/26/20
8:37 PM
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I think I need to write up Billie Jean Horton one of these days. At 19, she married Hank Williams—her second husband—and by 27 she was the widow of two country singers. Then she dated Johnny Cash while he was still married to his first wife, before she herself got married for the fourth time. (She was also a singer, Read more

1/19/20
9:21 PM
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I approve of this gimmick (and have brought it out of the greys). If you see Rappin’ Jake Sisko, tell him what’s up from me.

1/19/20
9:20 PM
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I mean, they did do like nine big-budget pirate movies with Johnny Depp. But we could absolutely use something smarter along the lines of what you describe. I’m still sore that Master and Commander didn’t turn into a series!

1/19/20
9:16 PM
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Sometimes I want to do a Wiki Wormhole spinoff called “How Is This Not a Movie?!?”

1/8/20
7:25 PM
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Top down? Is the government forcing people to use Latinx? It did happen organically, you’re just seeing it bubble up into common usage in places like pop culture web sites.

1/8/20
7:24 PM
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I’m honestly not sure why people started using it instead of Latin as a non-gendered shorthand for Latin American.

1/8/20
1:33 PM
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I don’t really understand the process behind deciding who makes it into the debates, but giving a small-city mayor, a new-age huckster, and a one-issue vanity candidate with no experience equal credence and time to U.S. Senators was a disastrous idea. Read more

1/8/20
12:46 PM
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I don’t think anyone here thinks “latinx” is a Spanish word. We add words to English all the time, which is why English is such a convoluted mess compared to neat, organized Spanish.