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Mike Spry

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    The Cool of Science, from Bill Nye to David Rees

    I’ve realized recently, and television creators are realizing this as well, that the ego, the lack of humility, at the heart of science itself gives the subject a distinctly cool quality. Confident. Retro. Universal.

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    The Last Star: Elaine Stritch 1925–2014

    When asked why she chose show business, Stritch replied, “I want to be talked about. I want to be written about. I want everything about me! And I don’t make any bones about that.” But she never begged for it, not on stage, and not on screen. Instead she demanded it, which illustrates the divide bet...

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    Truth, Based on a Story: Disney’s MILLION DOLLAR ARM

    Cursory investigation of the real story behind "Million Dollar Arm" suggests the filmmakers left a better movie somewhere in the ether of truth.

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    Better Red Than Dead: Director Gabe Polsky Revisits the Cold War Through Hockey

    Filmmaker Gabe Polsky’s upcoming documentary RED ARMY “tells the story of the most dominant sports team in history: the Soviet Union’s Red Army ice hockey team.”

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    The Shame of Pageantry: The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

    I’m deeply offended by opulence. I think people who eat three meals a day are showing off. I don’t understand expensive watches. I drive a ‘99 Ford Taurus that doesn’t have any heat, which to me is a little showy. You can only imagine what it was like for me to watch the opening ceremonies of the So...

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    Complicit in THE ARMSTRONG LIE

    In no other place are we so desperate to crown monarchs, to live vicariously through victory and wealth, than in the realm of celebrity. We are smitten by the success of others. In Lance Armstrong, we were given a character for the ages.

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