Arts & Leisure

Why The Simpsons went to church (and what they found there)

In The Simpsons’ 1990s heyday – well before the Simpsons Marathon currently going on at FX - pundits frequently observed that it was one of the only places on television where the characters regularly went to church. That fact pushed back against the conservative outrage - they swear! they neglect…  [more]

Robin Williams and inner peace

The mania was always part of the magic. Now, with Robin Williams dead by his own hand at the age of 63, we can only wonder if that magic came at a costly price. Of course, for those of us who didn’t know Williams, such wondering is grim, speculative and…  [more]

Seinfeld, sitcoms and simpler times

Gone are the days of Jerry, George, Kramer and Elaine. It's been 25 years since the debut of Seinfeld, and the sitcom landscape has significantly changed. Recently, Robert O’Connell wrote a compelling piece for The Atlantic about his favorite childhood sitcom, a mediocre series called Just Shoot Me. The show…  [more]

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