Great Tv

Just for the record, I was not trying to be exhaustive in today’s G-File on the subjects of good or bad TV. For example, I didn’t mention “Hill Street Blues” or “Homicide” as great TV and I didn’t mention “Love, American Style” as terrible tv. Lots of folks are emailing to insist I was wrong not to mention this show or that. I wasn’t wrong, I was just economical.

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U.S.

Fire the FBI Chief

American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
Film & TV

Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More