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Total Immersion

Acclaimed novelist Rachel Kushner discusses her approach to writing

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers is rightly being hailed as one the of the best novels in recent memory, a deeply immersive book marked by incisive cultural observations and a vividly descriptive prose style that is drawing comparisons to everyone from Flaubert to Don DeLillo.  

Curmudgeon Notes 12.11.13

0 Comments · Thursday, December 12, 2013
In all of the remembrances of Nelson Mandela after his death, few stood out as clearly as AP’s interview with his former jailer, Christo Brand.  

Curmudgeon Notes 11.27.13

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Patrick J. Sloyan reconstructed Merriman Smith’s Pulitzer-winning UPI reporting of JFK’s assassination for the May, 1997, American Journalism Review. He also retold how UPI handled the story minute by minute.  

The Bookseller

Neil Van Uum is back with a new store at Fountain Square

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 2, 2013
With the rise of Amazon, Netflix, iTunes and myriad other Internet-driven options, old-school brick-and-mortar book, video and music stores are evaporating at a rapid pace. It’s a distressing development for many of us who grew up wandering the aisles of such places, and that isn’t just nostalgia talking.  

CityBeat Recognized by Ohio SPJ

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 11, 2013
CityBeat has been recognized as the second-best weekly newspaper in the state by the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, which last week released the results of its statewide contest for work published in 2012.  

Fair And Balanced (And Leaked)

How a Cincinnati native went from 'O'Reilly Factor' producer to Gawker's "Fox Mole"

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 21, 2013
By April 2012, Joe Muto could no longer stand working at Fox News. As a producer of The O’Reilly Factor, and in several previous positions with Fox, Muto had hidden his liberal views while telling himself he wasn’t really contributing to the channel’s conservative bias.  

Welcome to the 2013 Best of Cincinnati Issue

Celebrating the best people, places and businesses and cool stuff from the past year

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 3, 2013
What seemed like an abundance of riches in 2011 feels a little light when compared to the progress Cincinnati made last year.   

So Long, Ye AltWeekly

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 6, 2013
It feels odd to be saying goodbye when I’m not really going anywhere, but if anyone should be used to it by now, it’s me.   
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CityBeat's Vice Presidential Debate Drinking Game

Because it's going to suck anyway

Debates are... well, debates. They can be enlightening and informative, or they can be boring. Think back to the last time you heard someone say, "boy golly, that was an exciting debate!" Yeah. We didn't think so.But don't worry, your friends at CityBeat are going to get you out of this jam. The only thing more exciting than watching two people whose Constitutional job descriptions are virtually nonexistent debate overplayed policy points is doing it while drinking.To that end, we've come up with a drinking game. You're welcome. And we're sorry.  If either candidate tells an inane personal anecdote about Kentucky to make themselves more folksy and relatable because that’s where they’re holding the debate, take a smug drink since you don’t live there.If the camera pans to Jill Biden, take a drink.If Jill Biden looks embarrassed, take two drinks.If Joe Biden says “GM is alive and Osama bin Laden is dead, pour some out to your homies and take a drink.If Joe Biden screws up and says “Obama is dead” finish your drink.If either candidate mentions the age gap between them take a sip.If Paul Ryan talks about Dodd-Frank or Bowles-Simpson or something else nobody knows about, take a drink.If Paul Ryan does math, take a drink.If Joe Biden says “literally” when he actually means “figuratively” take a drink.If Joe Biden says “literally” and actually means “literally” chug.If Paul Ryan mentions his mother, take a drink.If Paul Ryan’s mother is in attendance, chug.If Joe Biden awkwardly mentions Paul Ryan’s physique or workout regimen, take a begrudging sip.If either candidate mentions Ayn Rand, take an individualistic drink.If the camera stops on an audience member gazing dreamily at Paul Ryan, take two drinksIf Joe Biden brings up Big Bird, turn off the debate because this election season is SO OVER.If Paul Ryan tries to relate to young voters by bringing up the contents of his iPod, scoff and take two drinks while mentally reminding yourself to introduce him to Passion Pit if you ever see him in person.If anyone mentions P90X trade in your beer for a light beer and timidly sip it while resolving to hit the gym tomorrow.If Joe Biden misstates the name of the place/city/state where he is debating, chug.If either candidate mentions the “47 percent” chug. If you are part of the 53 percent that actually pay income taxes and Mitt Romney cares about you, buy someone else a drink.If Joe Biden mentions anything about him and Barack Obama being "friends" or "buddies," drink.If Paul Ryan mentions Joe Biden saying the middle class has been "buried," chug.If Joe Biden mentions taking the train to work, finish your drink.
 
 

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