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Outsider media: Mother’s little helper I’m spending a few days with my mother. She’s doing all right for 87. Losing her vision, so she’s living in an assisted-living facility in Cleveland. A really nice one. So how’s it going, Mom? “I need a harder toothpaste. The one I have is too soft, I use it […]

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Harvey Weinstein fooled me, too Harvey Weinstein is the entertainment story of the moment, although it’s certainly not the kind of press he’s been accustomed to receiving over the years. One of the mighty has fallen. A front-page blockbuster story in The New York Times alleging you have sexually harassed, and even assaulted women, can […]

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  I hear you. So the subscribe button has been installed this week on my web site, www.jeffspevak.com. It’s over there, to the left. Hit it, you’ll be asked for your email, and from there to eternity you will be notified of each new blog posted on The Critical Mass. An aggregate of culture and […]

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Draining the bottle As I arrive at Week Two of my eviction from the mainstream media, I had figured on spending the first days of my layoff sitting on the couch in my boxer shorts, watching baseball, a half-empty bottle of bourbon between my feet. But it’s not been that way at all. That bottle […]

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My obituary moment Last week I had caught my bus for the usual ride downtown and found a seat next to another fellow. He looked at me. “Hey,” he said. “You’re the guy. The newspaper guy.” “Yeah,” I said. A few days ago I was watching Paterson, a beautifully subtle film about a bus driver […]

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When progressive thinkers go bad No sooner had I finished writing the Oct. 30 Critical Mass post on my experience interviewing Bill Cosby, and how that’s been cast in a new light, I read the news about Jian Ghomeshi. Who I have also interviewed. An interview that’s been cast in a new light as well. […]

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Did someone put something in Bill Cosby’s drink? I think it was after Game 2 of the World Series last week when the television – which is rarely on in the Spevak household these days – drifted over to The Colbert Report. I’d read that Stephen Colbert is closing down the faux-news cable show, which […]

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The Tragedy Slut reveals himself I turned down a chance to interview Glenn Beck. Twice, in fact. Late in 2005, Beck was barnstorming the country with a multimedia Christmas extravaganza of holiday music, videos of flags snapping to attention in the breeze and his maudlin ramblings about American values. Beck’s publicist called me and asked […]

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“Duck Dynasty,” and the Redneck Conspiracy I’m not an authority on television, but it seems as though every time I spot one in a bar or squatting in the corner of my living room, it’s featuring a commercial whose official spokesman is a beefy dude in a goatee, with the sleeves torn from his flannel […]

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Only John Agar can save us now I’m staring now at the alien presence in my living room. Smart TV. I’ve been fighting this thing for a couple of months now. This alien presence, which the impotent folks at Time Warner Cable have been unable to keep from bugging out while I’m watching a show. […]

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