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In a year that has been anything but typical, it’s only fitting that our cultural proxy — Reality Television, has followed a similar trend. Thank god.

(Illustration by The Ringer)

This past year, as I’ve slogged like a pig in the mud through 50+ seasons of various reality TV shows, a few things have struck me. Gout, of course. Self-loathing, you bet. More importantly, though, as I’ve caught up on a few reality mainstays, it’s amazed me what little impact the pandemic seemed to have on the production of current seasons.

Reality TV isn’t the only small screen sub-genre to have marched onward during…


Maybe it was a dream within a dream, or perhaps a movie within a movie. It could have been the fortune inside the cookie, or even the chicken, inside the duck, inside the turkey. Regardless of what shape or form the Russian doll-like event took for you personally, your first time realizing the potential complexities of seemingly ordinary experiences was likely a sensation you can’t help but remember. Reflecting on these instances in my own life (for no particular reason at all), I started thinking about how these layers have manifested in television; specifically, when TV actors portray characters who…


Last week when Twitter announced it would be suspending President Trump from its platform permanently, I began wondering what possible implications there could be. The positives were obvious; he would no longer be able to lie and incite violence to his millions of followers with the same impunity and ease. The worst impulses of an unstable man would no longer be given an immediate megaphone.

The downsides to his de-platforming were less clear. For his aggrieved supporters, they would surely feel as though their voices were being silenced. Are they being stripped of their First Amendment rights as they claim…


Forgive me if you’ve heard this before, but the Houston Texans are in the news for something other than playing solid team football. Much of the NFL community was abuzz Wednesday after learning the Texans had fired the team’s Vice President of Communications, Amy Palcic — a PR figure widely respected throughout league circles. Palcic was the first and only woman to have full PR responsibilities for an NFL team, and was the winner of the 2017 Rozelle Award for best PR staff. In addition to her professional accolades, she has been considered a valued member of the Houston community…


1,456 days since the last presidential election and millions of new anxiety disorder diagnoses later, we have finally reached the point of no return. Between a record number of mail-in ballots due to Covid-19, and overt voter suppression due to Republicans, it’s possible but unlikely we will have a certified winner when we go to sleep tonight. …


It’s a cold and rainy October day in New York. The leaves have begun to change and the palpable feeling of fall has arrived. On days like this I want to really lean in; get me a thick blanket and some cinnamon pumpkin spiced vanilla-capa-bullshit drink, I’m ready to fall. The only thing missing is a good movie to watch. Like any cinephile still in possession of their faculties, I devote the entirety of my October viewing to Halloween. I have a system — the first of the month through the eleventh is almost exclusively Hocus Pocus. I’ll sprinkle in…


There are plenty of reasons why you may have never seen Garry Shandling’s ‘The Larry Sanders Show,’ a 90’s comedy series chronicling the inner workings of a fictional late night talkshow and its host, Larry Sanders (played by Shandling.) Maybe you missed it because it was on HBO before we all had HBO, or maybe it’s because it aired in the era of ‘Seinfeld,’ and your comedy cup had already runneth over. At this stage of 2020, you’ve already rewatched ‘The Sopranos’ three times. Netflix murder documentaries? Seen them all. ‘Hubie Halloween?’ I’m not going to say it was great…


I understand the temptation to root for the Lakers in this year’s NBA Finals. Maybe you’re one of the ‘diehard’ fans who haven’t watched a game in years and can’t pronounce Kuzma, but if you’re like most people pulling for the purple and gold this year, chances are you’re rooting for them because of Kobe.

I get it.

Even as someone who cried a little bit every time he eviscerated my hometown Blazers or my adopted Celtics, I always respected him. He was basketball royalty; responsible for some of the greatest moments in the modern era. Despite the incomprehensible year…


I’ll begin by stating the obvious; Trump winning re-election would be devastating. No need for hypotheticals here; it would undoubtably shift the balance of the Supreme Court for a generation, guarantee the widening of an already exorbitant wealth gap, waste time we don’t have in addressing climate change, and continue our country’s descent into neofascism. And more. So much more. Tired of dealing with Covid? What possible reason would Trump have for putting money into a problem he doesn’t believe exists, and hasn’t addressed during an election year? Structural racism embedded in policing? …

Jordan A. Kirsch

NYC by way of PDX — Writing about culture, sports, and politics.

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