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Not always, but often, genius.

The Genius of Certain Geico Ads For example, "Antonio": The opening question: "Who's dog is this?" (For awhile I missed this because it happens at the beginning and so quickly. Don't make that mistake.) The spirit of Mad Magazine is still...

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RECESSION BY SUICIDE

The Coming Recession: They say a bull market (also read "fairly healthy economy") does not die of old age. True. But it can die by suicide. And this is exactly what is happening.  It's as if the financial powers that...

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Buy a thesaurus. And while you’re at it, grab a dictionary too.

Agent/Agency.  It's everywhere now, suggesting some form of liberation.  How did a word that means "acting for another" come to replace the word "empowerment"?  

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Existential. Stop It.

Existential.  Everyone's using it now along with the word "threat," i.e. Existential Threat, a threat to the existence of something or other.  Let's make sure not to confuse it with Existentialism, which grapples with the issue of individual human responsibility,...

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No. Just no.

My candidate for the most overrated movie of all time: Vertigo.  What is wrong with you people?  More later. 

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What has become of us…Oprah?

Recently observed on a metal plaque on a park bench: “To love yourself is a never-ending journey.” Oprah Winfrey What has become of us?

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NO “Friend Of A Farmer”

There is a restaurant on Irving Place in Gramercy called Friend Of A Farmer. I walked by there this morning in a vulnerable state. Having had no breakfast yet, I was hungry. People sat outside seeming to be enjoying themselves....

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Incredible new review from the June 2019 issue of Midwest Book Review…

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf Mink Eyes by Dan Flanigan Arjuna Books 9781733610308, $9.95, PB, 296pp, www.amazon.com Critique: A terrifically entertaining and deftly crafted mystery by an author with an impressively flair for originality and a mastery of the genre, Dan Flanigan's "Mink...

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The Modern Equivalent Of The Backroom Poker Game?

Another intriguing cranny: It’s on 4th Avenue between 12th and 13th in the Village next to the Alabaster Bookstore (which is supremely deserving of your patronage (see Flaneur blog post "Alabaster Bookshop"). It’s name is, simply, “Pie.” You order pizza...

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Gag Reflex: #AtTheEndoftheDay

At the End of The Day.  This is uttered around 50,000 (could be 500,000) times a day on business television programs (Bloomberg, CNBC, etc.) and various live conferences around the country.    

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