Archive for the ‘Television’ category

My taste in music, circa 1980

This was basically my favorite for a little while: [Looks like I can’t embed it, so you’ll have to click through.] I got a cassette recorder for Christmas and tried taping the theme song by holding the microphone up to the TV. (Now that I think about it, there’s a tiny chance I have that […]

Thursday playlist: four things

Before I start, I want to thank all of the wonderful people who have been posting and commenting lately with brightness and intelligence and keeping the conversations going. Thanks to all of you. I love TGW and I still check in here almost every day. And I'll continue to do that. Onward dears! Also, forgive […]

A Respectable Soap Opera

I searched and searched, and it seems no one here is watching Downton Abbey. I wanted to write a post to recommend it, but the more I think about it, the more I realize it’s truly the guiltiest of pleasures. In Downton Abbey, the easiest way to tell if a woman is lovable is by […]

I want my BBC

Oh, TGWers, it’s that time again, time to leave the frosty midwest and come to the coast for the annual New Year’s Eve gathering. This time around, it was glorious (the censored photographic evidence just goes to prove it!). The downside: lots and lots of time in transit. Fortunately, it’s easy to stay amused, especially […]

“I didn’t mean for it to be so big…”


Meanwhile, one of my former classmates won a MacArthur Grant.

Lately I find myself watching way too much TV. Maybe it’s escapism; maybe it’s exhaustion. Maybe having a DVR is just really freakin’ cool. Without a doubt, the greatest show on the air right now is Breaking Bad. What Battlestar Galactica was to the post-9/11, Iraq War zeitgeist–namely, a wildly imagined alternate reality that turns […]

I’ve always had good taste

When my brother and I were crappy adolescents, we had very similar tastes in everything, mostly because I idolized him at the time. He loved Jimi Hendrix and German techno, so those were things that I liked. Our favorite movie was Koyaanisqatsi. We were into South American languages and medieval icons, and we both loved […]

Christmas in July

Pro sports are so, so boring. They make me want to go take a nap. And the games take so long! I would rather spend those four hours sitting in my dentist’s waiting room browsing through weeks-old Us magazines. I would rather get an oil change. I would rather steam-clean my carpets in August than […]

Come back to the five and dime, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

The Husband and I have just delved into the first two episodes of “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” the cult TV show from the mid-70’s starring Louise Lasser as the title character of a Norman Lear soap-opera send-up set in fictional Fernwood, Ohio. The cast also includes Dodi Goodman as Mary’s ditzy mother and Mary Kay […]

What’s her line?

When Elizabeth Taylor died last week, many people posted their favorite clips from her movies on Facebook and online. But the clip I enjoyed most was of Taylor’s appearance on “What’s My Line?” I had never watched the show before and didn’t know how it worked. But I watched the whole clip and found it […]