Daily Archives: October 12, 2013



The Minnesota Lynx won their second WNBA title in three years.  In Minnesota, these are the only sports titles we win.  And so, in honor of our beloved women’s basketball team, I am this week including lots of  lynx.




Normally, Fox’s Jesse Watters comes off as a smirking, condescending jerk.  But I will have to admit that his interview with Shubedi Shudarson (pictured at top), a United Nations guest from Nepal, was priceless.  Shudarson’s discourse on Nepali cuisine can be found at one minute, twenty-five seconds of this lynx.




CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen and Carol Costello discussed the Obamacare Web site:

Cohen:  I still can’t log in.

Costello:  OK.  So I guess you can call maybe and get a live person on the phone to fix some of these problems — is that true?

Cohen:  Well, what you can do is if, like me, you’re not able to log in and you want to get insurance, you can call the 800 number that they have on their site.  They can help you with a lot of it over the phone and they can also send you information by snail mail.

Imagine that.  Isn’t modern technology amazing?




We all hate commercials.  But the following ads are causing me to lose sleep at night.



“I won this 55-inch TV for less than thirty dollars on DealDash.com!”


You, too, can experience this charming woman — over and over and over again — by clicking on this lynx.




This teeth-gnashing, suicide-inducing Goodwill commercial ran last year and now it’s back.  If I have to suffer through it again this year, so must you.  Click on this lynx.








“President Obama has offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim culture.” — Fox’s Anna Kooiman (above), falling for and then reporting a fake story from a parody news site.

Sooner or later, when you staff your cable-news shows with blond bimbos, it will come back and bite you in the ass.






Maxim is running another story about everyone’s favorite summer event, the “Smallest Penis in Brooklyn” pageant.  Evidently, this was the only show in 2013 that did not feature Miley Cyrus — and she’s not happy about it.  Click on this lynx.


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by Marisha Pessl



Is it possible that someone at the Random House editorial department has a vendetta against Pessl?  That’s the only explanation I can think of for the bizarre proliferation of italics in her book.  You eventually get used to it, but the infestation of italicized words in every other paragraph is, initially, a major distraction.

In other respects, Pessl’s thriller is a mixed bag.  Her plot is imaginative:  An investigative reporter hunts a mysterious cult-filmmaker named Cordova, whose young daughter kills herself by leaping down an elevator shaft.  But there are stretches of Night Film that are so poorly written – so illogical or overwrought – that at times it resembles an earnest high-school student’s essay for English class.  A typical simile from page 205:  “The woman’s small black eyes swarmed it like flies over a turd.”  I’m not sure why they failed to italicize “turd.”


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