Saturday, July 25, 2009


So Family Guy got an Emmy nomination for Best Series? Seriously? A show whose inspiration feels like little more than stolen jokes from waste-baskets in "The Simpsons" writing room becomes the first cartoon in 50 years to get such an honor? Have the people nominating this never seen the show? Wiser men than I have lambasted the show's shortcomings plenty, so much so, in fact, that there is a Wikipedia page specifically devoted to criticism of the show.

Oh my -- a puking joke ... how urbane and witty!

Obviously I recognize that the Emmys are a business, and they want to throw enough token nominations out to popular shows that its fans will tune in to watch the awards show, which will increase its ratings and - accordingly - the amount they can ask for advertising next year.

But --- seriously? They couldn't give a nod to something more deserving, like "The Simpsons" or "South Park" ... or 30 minutes of television static?

(OK, that last one may have gone too far; in keeping up with my self-contradictory nature, I am - regardless - excited about "Family Guy's" forthcoming "Something, Something, Something Dark Side.")


Note: in the Emmys' defense, they did give "30 Rock" - the best comedy since "Arrested Development" - a record-breaking 22 noms. Whoo hoo!

Makes up for the fact that those losers didn't give "Battlestar Galactica" a nomination in its final year.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Literary Managers and Dramaturges of the Americas

I am participating in this discussion tomorrow.

Out of Bounds: Dramaturging Politics, followed by reception
We ask the question: Who is shaping the stories that the public receives about politics? What part does theatre or theatricality play in this process? Join us for a large-group conversation about political narratives. Moderator: Michele Volansky (Washington College). Panelists: Mark Keida (Senior Analyst, Lake Research Associates), Jocelyn Prince (Freelance Dramaturg / Political Organizer), Jared Whitley (former White House Communications Associate Director).

Should be good. As it'll be a roomful of academics, I'm sure I'll be the only Republican. The odds won't be even, so maybe I'll tie one hand behind my back.

More info here.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Chaffetz Facebook UPD

So this may be a lazy entry, but here's a story I wrote for Utah Policy Daily. I thought of it when I saw one of Rep. Chaffetz's posts on Facebook. I'm not gonna post it here, so check it out over there if you are of a mind to do so.

Sunday, July 5, 2009


I had to work the evening of the Fourth, but it was at an apartment complex with a stunning view across the Potomac of downtown DC. It was really cool, all things considered, and I didn't have to deal with any crowds.

And here's some more pics. Note the Capitol, the Washington, and the Lincoln.


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