Tom Friedman is right. The world is flat. We have slowly but surely homogenized just about everything consumable to the point that there is, sadly, little left in the way of local or regional flavor. Corporate radio, food chains and the interstate highway system have pretty much seen to that. Yet, even as I was […]


On successive nights in December of 2003 I went to see two movies that had just been released.  Each was a Christmas comedy, but beyond that fact, Elf and Bad Santa couldn’t have possibly been more different from one another. I watched the former with some level of amusement, almost all of it owing to […]

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