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Anne Beatts on The Treatment

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Don't miss this interview with Anne Beatts, original SNL writer, on The Treatment.

Among other things, she talks about a time when Eric Idle had cats go to the bathroom INSIDE HIS PANTS live on air, then had to go directly to another sketch without cleaning up.

She also talks about 30 Rock v. Sudio 60, and reveals that 30 Rock was originally planned as a behind-the-scenes series about a Crossfire-type news opinion show. Also, lots and lots of other amazing stuff.

Christine Cariati at Hotel Biron

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I know I don't cover art much here, but I want to take this opportunity to highlight a gallery show in San Francisco. Christine Cariati paints spectacularly beautiful works, with dancing colors and a sort of music-box aesthetic that I find stirring. One of her paintings is in my bedroom, and I'm very proud to own it.


Christine's show "Private Lives" opens tonight at the Hotel Biron in San Francisco. The reception runs from six to nine PM, and the show runs through the end of March. Details are here.

If you're not a Yay Area Representative, and can't make it out to the show, visit her site and take a look at her beautiful portfolio.

Richard Feynman: The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

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The Official Scientist of The New Sincerity

SNL Intro Montage

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They made him put on the jacket. Still pretty great though, huh?

Buy one for yourself.

Gilbert Arenas aka Agent Zero aka Black President

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Chuck Kosterman has a great piece in the new Times sports magazine "Play" about Gilbert Arenas. Arenas is known for sleeping in a hyperbaric chamber and occaisionally saying something goofy.

“Sometimes you have to create your own legacy, and that is what I have done. There is no quirkiness about me. I just lash out at things, but it’s lighthearted. The freak part of me is not that I’m going to take 60 pills to get attention. I’m not that kind of freak. I just like to watch the Gummi Bears on TV. I’m not Ron Artest. I’m a character. The things I do, the things I say — these are things I sit in my house and think about. I know what I’m doing.”

God bless him for it.

Ira Glass on Storytelling.

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Filmmakers, documentarians, journalists, podcast producers, writers... watch and learn. Four parts are below, watch from top to bottom.

Podcast: Maria Bamford

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Show: 
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Maria Bamford is a comedian and sometime actress. She's been featured on Comedy Central's The Comedians of Comedy, and her distinctive voice has been heard in a number of animated films.

We talk about her career as a Star Trek impersonator, her preference for collective living and how much a comedian actually makes. Oh, and also: her comedy. Her new CD is called "How to Win."

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New Bone Thugs - "I Try"

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Bone Thugs n Harmony f. Akon - "I Try"... album's out 4/17.

I think Akon has the most beautiful voice in urban music right now. YES, REALLY.

The Story of My Life

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Performed by Sparks.

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