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The Supermarket Index

“The Economy does not take people’s freedom by force, which would be against its principles, for it is very humane. It buys their freedom, pays for it, and then persuades its money back again with shoddy…

It’s a Rip-Off!

The Don Henley/Frank Ocean/Okkervil River beef (re)raises questions about our specious understanding of intellectual property, specifically with regards to music. I’ve always thought there’s something morally smelly about being able to make a bucket of money off of…

Lone Star(s): 1 or 2 Things I Know About Texas

One always hears things about Texas. We all know its famous public relations slogan: everything’s bigger in Texas. Was this some bon mot born on the lips of a uncompromising pig farmer, resting against his split…

Sad(der) Men: “Time Zones”

That picture. Think about who Peggy is supposed to look like and understand that that picture is how we are going to view Mad Men’s whole season. Peggy, perfectly poised as a woman of her times,…

Selling Mad Men

If you haven’t been watching Mad Men, I can’t say I blame you. With 3,666 critically acclaimed minutes under wraps already, jumping in just before the final season is daunting. However, there are two full weeks…