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How David Letterman Became Johnny Carson, and Everyone Else Became David Letterman

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Last week, as part of their (understandably) protracted and hyped-up farewell to David Letterman, CBS aired a 90-minute prime-time special called David Letterman: A Life on Television. Hosted by Ray Romano, it was a clean, efficient retrospective that wrapped Dave’s memorable moments into tight little packages: celebrity interviews of note, political high-rollers, “friends of the show,” recurring segments, and so on. But the special was strangely incongruent to the true spirit of the show, which was never about immortal moments or rehashed clips; it was about an overall spirit, a loose, gonzo, hanging-out vibe. When Letterman’s idol Johnny Carson did an anniversary special or his own farewell tour back in 1992, you knew you were gonna see the tomahawk clip or Tiny Tim’s wedding. But that wasn’t what Letterman’s show — whether Late Night at NBC or The Late Show at CBS — was, or why those of us who loved Letterman watched… Read More

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Taylor Swift Lies “Across the Narrow Sea”: Links You Need to See

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“Alfred, fire up my private jet,” I would say in a world where all of my dreams were coming true at once: butler, private jet, castle, unlimited funds for an MFA program. But it turns out that most people with private jets actually just want to fly to…New York? Great. I’m already here, and it’s snowing in March. The New York draw, CNN explains, has to do with “Russian business owners mixing business with pleasure.” Indeed.
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Dragonballs, Conan, and Kanye: Links You Need to See

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The thing about nostalgia is that it’s awful even though it’s great, just like any other drug. If nostalgia is properly harnessed and turned into a ripe piece of culture fruit, I can’t resist eating it. Which is why, more than a decade after Dragonball Z made me late for daily football practice, this professional, fan-made clip for a new live action Dragonball Z movie is forcing me to reassess my embargo on anime.
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