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Review: Albert Brooks’ 2030

AKIE BERMISS: Albert Brooks’ new book, 2030, is a more complicated pleasure than one would think. If you think it’s just a bit of dark comedy about the near future, you’re in for a big surprise. It would appear that Mr. Brooks decided to write: a novel. Since I know him primarily as a humorist and actor I thought this would be a light bit of fluff, a quick read, and leave my mind as soon as a closed the book. Instead, the story and its prognostications stay with me. If I didn’t know that Brooks was a humorist, I’d be tempted to say this was actually a “sad” story.

HOWARD MEGDAL: It would be nearly impossible to find a more devoted Albert Brooks fan than me. I think I’ve seen Julie Hagerty lose her nest egg more than 50 times. I want every omelet to be the one served in Defendingg Your Life. And freezer burn, in my house, is “protective ice”. I once went to the Museum of TV and Radio just to see Albert Brooks’ short films made for Saturday Night Live before they were widely available. Continue reading

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Justin Bieber’s America

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: The leaked portions of a Rolling Stone Interview with Justin Bieber in which he discusses politics and healthcare has only confirmed what I’ve suspected for a long time now—when it comes to magazine interviews, we’ve got everything backwards.

JESSICA BADER: Molly makes a valid point about the media fixation with what famous people think about issues outside of their area of expertise. That being said, I was more than a little bothered by the criticism of Rolling Stone for asking a teenage celebrity for his opinion on hot-button political issues. Continue reading

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Direct Talks

JESSICA BADER: When the latest phase of the Middle East peace process (direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority) kicked off last week, the default reaction seemed to be one of hoping something good would result but doubting that it would. The failures and obstacles of previous iterations of the peace process were referred to over and over, and the assumption that this round of talks was doomed to a similar fate pervaded. Yet I couldn’t help but see things a little bit differently. When I looked at the peace process, I saw…health care reform?

JEREMY FUGLEBERG: The talks are doomed. Or are they? Continue reading

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Didn’t Watch Obama’s Speech, But…

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I did not watch President Obama’s speech on health care last week, and I have to say, I found it particularly lacking.

HOWARD MEGDAL: What speech weren’t you watching? Continue reading

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