Latest Podcast: Hitler, Mussolini, Zac Hanson, the Kardashians

Books, Dictators, Kardashians, one direction, Podcast, pop culture, Zac Hanson


Jay Nordlinger, senior editor of National Review, virtually stops by to discuss his new book, Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators (Encounter Books)—and I promise, you will not be wondering why I’m not discussing One Direction.

Because, you know, in between talking Hitler, Pol Pot and Mussolini, I’ll be name-checking One Direction, as well as the Kardashians, Zac Hanson and Batman’s Bob Kane.

Trust me, it all works.

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I Live-Tweeted “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”

Books, holiday, Holiday Specials, Shameless Self-Promotion, TV, TV poetry

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Someone’s got to think the big thoughts. Plus, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is the best Charlie Brown holiday special of them all.

I just did a plug right there.

For my book, Sylvia Plath Totally Ruins Father Knows Best: 50 Poems About TV, TV-Watching and the Existential Sadness of Conan O’Brien.

Pretty smooth, if I do say so myself.

“Sylvia Plath” Gets Pub

Books, Shameless Self-Promotion, TV, TV poetry

“Sylvia Plath Totally Ruins ‘Father Knows Best,'” a poem from my fine Inverted Pyramid e-book of the same name, is excerpted in the February/March 2014 issue of Shelf Unbound, the book-review magazine.

The poem is found on page 29. The e-book, a collection of poems about TV, growing up, TV, growing older and more TV, is on sale at Amazon.