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You Know What’s Punk Rock About Marriage? — It would be almost be worth my (hypothetical) husband having an affair-maybe worth going through life with a name reminiscent of both "awful" and "offal"-if it meant I could go on to write a book as spectacular as Jenny Offill's Dept. of Speculation. A slim treatise on the maturation of a marriage, DOS is so compact as...

'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men — Since their first single 20 years ago, the Backstreet Boys - AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell - have recorded a dozen albums and sold more than 130 million of them worldwide. They've packed amphitheatres, broken records and danced shirtless in fake rain.

Backstreets Boys to Men — It's 10 minutes before I'm going to Skype with the Backstreet Boys, and my 29-year-old self is anxiously pondering a dilemma my 10-year-old self - a BSB superfan - couldn't possibly have imagined: Which wall of my tiny, cluttered New York City apartment do I feel most comfortable letting one of the most successful boy bands in history look at over my shoulder?

The Martian Deserves Everything It’s Getting, Matt Damon Included — The most surprising thing about The Martian isn't that it's going to be a major Ridley Scott film starring [typecast?] astronaut Matt Damon in the leading role. Or that the novel's author, Andy Weir, wrote some 350 page of extremely technical aerospace detail with little more than Google research.

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Bird Box Is Creepy As Hell And I Like It — No one is sure how it started. Or what started it. One day there was a report on the news about a man in Russia who asked his friend to pull over the truck they were riding in and then attacked him, removing his friend's lips with his fingernails.

2 Chainz, Nancy Grace Debate Marijuana Legalization — Rapper 2 Chainz joined television host/justice enthusiast Nancy Grace to discuss the pros and cons of legal marijuana on HLN Tuesday night, and the result was great television. Using the hashtag #Pot2Blame?, Grace tackled marijuana policy at length with a panel of guests that also included addiction specialist Brad Lamm and National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Chair Norman Kent.

Sony Authorizes Christmas Day Screenings of 'The Interview': Report — Looks like The Interview may get its audience. According to the founder of Austin's Alamo Drafthouse theater, Sony Pictures Entertainment has authorized select screenings of the movie on its original release date, Christmas Day.

Cell Phone Video Shows Aftermath of NYPD Shooting — A cell phone video posted by the New York Post on Sunday shows the immediate aftermath of the shooting of two police officers in Brooklyn, who were killed by a 28-year-old gunman while sitting in their patrol car.

The Irrefutable Best Books of 2014, As Determined by Science* — It's been a trying year here on Sorry Television. Sidetracked by work-and, let's be honest, an endless procession of binge-worthy Netflix inventory-I am set to close out 2014 with a mere 32 books under my belt, near enough to bi-weekly that I should probably rebrand as You're Welcome Television (subtitle: Reading Books Every So Often, Like When...
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Apr 20, 2015

@lainnafader @rustyk5 don't judge us for our lingering faith in humanity, Rusty.

Apr 20, 2015

@lainnafader But I would have expected Jezebel to be writing the *response* to whoever sunk that low.

Apr 20, 2015

@lainnafader I guess I mean expected in a "sigh, surely someone's standards will be low enough..." sort of way.

Apr 20, 2015

@lainnafader right? I expected someone to do that story, but not them.

Apr 20, 2015

RT @granteb: It's not easy being orange (or natural): Kraft mac and cheese to lose its signature orange glow:…

Apr 20, 2015

RT @darth: "actually kermit looks like me but that's none of my business"

Apr 20, 2015

A former Phish tech consultant is laying the groundwork for a cannabis extracts business called Cannastract.

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