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Another Week Ends: Conan Reborn, Call-Out Culture, Rockstar Sobriety, Sick Notes, Bookstores, Bossy Razors, and the Bad Place

1. This week, let’s start with the afterlife of Conan O’Brien. After a 4-month hiatus, Team Coco revives, now completely made over: shorter episodes, a more informal set-up — also more embracing of the life cycle of late-night. With 25+ years under the belt, Conan talks to The New York Times about his inevitably approaching retirement/career-death. He […]

Even Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend

Grateful for this reflection by Erin Jean Warde. I try to set aside Friday evenings to cook a lovely meal that I enjoy cooking—for one. On most evenings of the week, I cook food I don’t really want to eat, because it doesn’t seem worth it to spend so much time on recipes, mise en […]

Conan O’Brien’s Gracious Comedy

It’s been a while since we’ve caught up with late night talk show host and comedian Conan O’Brien. Many will remember the drama surrounding his 2010 departure from his dream job: The Tonight Show on NBC. The event prompted some serious reflection and wisdom from Conan about hardship and life– wisdom worth remembering for anyone […]

Lady Edith Put to the Test: “I Don’t Think It’s Working”

Spoiler alert! This concerns the latest episode of Downton Abbey, Season 3: Episode 2. As those who have been watching this season of Downton know, this past week, Edith’s big day finally came to be wed to the affable, albeit much older, Sir Anthony Strallan. (“Finally something is going on in this house that’s about […]

“What Doesn’t Kill You Almost Kills You” — Conan O’Brien

Today I will graduate from Yale University with a Master’s of Divinity degree. In the spirit of this season of graduations, I share with you this excerpt from Conan O’Brien’s speech at Dartmouth’s commencement last year: I learned a hard but profound lesson last year and I’d like to share it with you. In 2000, […]

Norm Macdonald’s Moth Joke

The Belle Brigade Tries to Check Out

The Belle Brigade was on Conan last night…and I really like the song they played, “Losers.”  The first lines really caught me: There will always be someone better than you. Even if you’re the best. So let’s stop the competition now. Or we will both be losers.  And I’m ashamed I ever tried to be […]

Another Week Ends: Phantom Hollywood, Pat Robertson, Conan vs Leno, The Book Of Eli

1. Wrapping up this week’s heavy film talk, I thought I’d post some provocative recent thoughts from controversial New York Press film critic Armond White. If you’re not familiar with White, he’s a bit of an agitator – frequently unfair but never boring and definitely coming from a sympathetic point of view (ht LF): “. […]

Kobe, Sex Demons, and "Making Yourself"

I saw Kobe Bryant on Conan the other night. I’ve never really liked the 4-time NBA Champion…and I’ve never been quite sure why. However, in his push up to this year’s Finals, several NBA writers hit the nail on the head: Kobe seems to have invented himself as a person; he doesn’t seem real. He […]

Conan O’Brien on Entertainment (and Life)

There was a great article in this weekend’s New York Times magazine about Conan O’Brien, timed to coincide with his introduction as the new host of The Tonight Show on June 1 (I can’t wait!). Most interesting, and comforting, was this quote, from a man who was always very nearly being fired during his first […]

4.5 Links 4 The Weekend

1. Michael Jackson has just announced 50 dates in London. He’s claiming THIS IS IT, as far as live performances are concerned (at least in London). The pre-sale for the first ten shows set a record for fastest ticket sales of all-time. In other news, yours truly has a 30th birthday coming up… You can […]