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Monday, December 13, 2021

Mainstream Media Is A Tool of the Rich Because Because Entering Mainstream Journalism Requires Being Rich by Ethan Stanislawski

When I graduated college, my dream job was to be the theater critic for the New York Times. My life has taken so many turns since then it seems hilarious to me now. Within a year of graduat…

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Don’t Shoot Down An Idea Without Pitching a Better One by Ethan Stanislawski

Josh Weinstein, the longtime Simpsons showrunner, recently tweeted some of the rules of the Simpsons writer’s room that made the show (at least in the ’90s), arguably the best written in…

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Sunday, November 7, 2021

The Aaron Rodgers News Is a Stab to the Heart by Ethan Stanislawski

Welp, Aaron Rodgers certainly made it easier for me to stop caring about sports. There’s no comedian, musician, actor, or artist who could have disappointed me more than Aaron Rodgers disa…

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Thursday, October 28, 2021

All I Can Say About The Chicago Blackhawks is “Fuck You” by Ethan Stanislawski

I’m going to spend a lot of words on the absolutely horrific Chicago Blackhawks scandal. But none of them will be as perfect as this Tweet: I don’t have the energy to summarize the scand…

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Major Newspapers Are Throwing Stones At Facebook From Their Glass Houses by Ethan Stanislawski

The  last 24 hours must have been fun day to be a headline writer for major newspapers in America. Just look at these juicy headlines:   The New York Times: The Boston Globe: The Washingto…

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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Some Resources and Reflections on Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation by Ethan Stanislawski

Without Canada, I wouldn’t be alive. Nor would my father, my brother, my sister, or nine of my cousins. When my grandmother fled Poland in my 30s, and later married my grandfather, a survi…

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Friday, September 17, 2021

Why It’s Time To Stop With Apocalyptic Hyperbole by Ethan Stanislawski

One persistent theme I see on social media from people of my age range is the idea that the world won’t exist in the next 10-20 years. This is actually a standard trope of left-wing thinki…

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Why Do I Still Give A Sh*t About Sports? by Ethan Stanislawski

Last year I made the choice to stop drinking alcohol. It wasn’t a situation where I had to stop to save my life. I just didn’t feel the need to drink anymore. I barely eat sugar anymore …

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The Moment Norm Macdonald Made Me Want to Do Comedy Again by Ethan Stanislawski

I can pull any number of Norm Macdonald clips that have deeply influenced me. His Bob Saget Roast act, hosting the ESPYs, his Conan bits, his run on Weekend Update. But I’m going to focus …

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Sunday, September 12, 2021

The John Mulaney Take by Ethan Stanislawski

The moment you see your reflection in a coke mirror is the moment your childhood dies. -John Mulaney, 2009. I can’t keep up with the John Mulaney news. Every hour it’s a new thing. I’m…

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Friday, September 3, 2021

Am I A Socialist? by Ethan Stanislawski

I’ve struggled for years to answer this question. If you look at my views on paper, they probably align with the values and principles of socialism. But I’ve never been comfortable label…

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Thursday, September 2, 2021

On Texas and Social Media Fights Over Protest Votes: Why We Should Ignore Them by Ethan Stanislawski

One of the main reasons I started this blog was to stop the cycle of doomscrolling on social media. I spent less than five minutes on Facebook today, and hoo boy, do I not regret this decisi…

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Movie Thoughts: I Care A Lot – The Problem of The Noble Grifter Trope by Ethan Stanislawski

Every so often, I will take some notes on a movie I find significant and write out my thoughts on them here. Today, I’m tackling I Care A Lot. Spoilers are a dumb requirement for internet …

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An Attempt at Ethical Nuance by Ethan Stanislawski

Recently, I was discussing the recent Joss Whedon revelations with my weekly writing group. While we were universally outraged at his behavior (but not exactly surprised), we differed on how…

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Power Struggles in Comedy and What They Say About Power Struggles in General by Ethan Stanislawski

You don’t spend a decade in the comedy community without picking up a few war stories and battle wounds. Comedians call non-comedians “civilians” sarcastically, but there is a similar …

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Pop Culture Appreciation Post: Chevy Chase and Rodney Dangerfield’s titanic performances in Caddyshack by Ethan Stanislawski

I will sing the praises of Caddyshack until the end of time. It’s one of my all-time favorite comedy movies. I say that not thinking it’s a particularly laugh out loud comedy. That str…

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Why Sleigh Bells Is The Definitive Protest Music of My Generation by Ethan Stanislawski

Last year, when I was on a public bus in Bloomington, Indiana, the bus driver pulled the bus over, grabbed me by the shoulder, and said to cut it out or he’d call the police. In a scen…

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Monday, December 26, 2011

The Also Rans of the 2011 Retrospectives – Part One by Ethan Stanislawski

It’s safe to say that 2011 was a more event-heavy year than most in my lifetime. For me personally, it was the probably worst year of my life (beating out 2009, with some competition f…

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Shifting The Narrative on Generational Malaise by Ethan Stanislawski

It used to be interesting knock the Baby Boomers. As late as the 1990s, when those in their 40s and 50s still controlled most media channels, an entire media culture was built around harping…

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Monday, February 7, 2011

My Top 10 Music Videos of 2010 by Ethan Stanislawski

The Grammys are this weekend, a fact that interests no one who cares about music except for those with all the money and power in the industry. Because that is still significant, I will be s…

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Monday, December 6, 2010

A Brief History of Arizona State Bashing in Comedy by Ethan Stanislawski

As far as history can tell, it started with The Simpsons in 1999: A decade later, when Arizona State denied giving President Obama an honorary degree, SNL and The Daily Show took particular …

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Albums of Note Second Half 2010: The Uggh by Ethan Stanislawski

Cover of Arcade Fire This is Part 3 of my three part review of albums of the past half year, an extension of Tynan’s Record Report, which was retired out of solidarity with it’s …

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Albums of Note Second Half 2010: The Good by Ethan Stanislawski

This is Part 2 of my three part review of albums of the past half year, an extension of Tynan’s Record Report, which was retired out of solidarity with it’s inspiration and bette…

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Albums of Note Second Half 2010: The Best by Ethan Stanislawski

Image by all that improbable blue via Flickr This is Part 1 of my three part review of albums of the past half year, an extension of Tynan’s Record Report, which was retired out of sol…

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Why I’m not voting in a Swing District by Ethan Stanislawski

This post will go up on election day, before I have seen the results of the 2010 Midterm elections. It is not affected by the results. It is a post about why I did not vote this election. Ob…

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Friday, October 29, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Facebook The Savior of Blog Commenting? by Ethan Stanislawski

Recently for class in journalism school, I had to do something that years of blogging has taught me never to do seriously: read blog commenters. I’ve discussed my take on the editorial…

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Alternate Headline: New York’s Most Finely Polished Turd Loses Its Luster by Ethan Stanislawski

Quick question: Is Gossip a good thing or a band thing? Outside of a few media moguls, yellow newspapermen, daytime talk show hosts and their wannabes, the answer will be “no,” …

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