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March 2006 in Black Lamb

Volume 4, Number 3 — March 2006

March 1st, 2006


The All-Television Issue

In our cover story Terry Ross revisits the TV classics of the Fifties and early Sixties and wonders if things have improved. In our page 2 feature, Television Knows Best, Gene Ryder muses on the vicarious nature of television. Gillian Wilce (Love It or Hate It) is thankful for the riches television can occasionally bring us. Dan Peterson details his own hilarious TV career in Reality and Me. In Grab the Antenna and Stand Over There, Ed Goldberg maintains that “there are 500 channels and nothing on.”

Alan Albright (Dancing Electrons) recalls a time when he turned to television for company and solace but finally had to put it in the closet. David Maclaine argues that the 1990s were a Golden Age for television. On the other hand, Greg Roberts (Golden Age Redux) thinks that the good times are just beginning for TV. In The Dumbing Down of Ferrandino, Rod Ferrandino relates what television has done to his mind. Cate Garrision gives three cheers for Larry David in I Love Larry. In The Boob Tube, Cervine Kauffman says no, thanks. Andrew Darrel (Degraded Acoustics) wishes his neighbors in Rome would turn down the volume on their TV. Actor William Bogert gives an inside view of what it’s like to work in television in My Brilliant Career. In I Was a Teenage Killer, Toby Tompkins tells how he did away with Annette Funicello. Claire McLaughlin, who is blind, describes television as that Thug in the Corner. Dean Suess (Reality Avoidance) describes how TV numbs the minds of prisoners in his penitentiary. Stephen Starbuck, a new father, marvels at the variety of commercials pitched at small children in Perpetuum Mobile. Lorentz Lossius posits two kinds of tyranny that television imposes in Tyranny and the Box. Bud Gardner (My TV and Me) is unapologetic about his fondness for television news. In Island America, Joel Hess excoriates the jingoistic nature of American television. In our consumer column Wretched Excess, we offer another wonderful gift suggestion from the Whole Whog Catalog, the smoke-free Video Hearth®. In our Honorary Black Lambs column we salute authors Lytton Strachey, John McPhee, and Tobias Smollett on their March birthdays. A Literary Sampler offers extracts from eight authors mentioned in the pages of this month’s magazine. Our advice columnist Millicent Marshall (Yourself to Blame) reminds readers that “no one forces you to turn the damned thing on.” Our Black Lamb Recipe is for Rosemary-Scented Lamb Chops with Balsamic Vinegar. And Reg Arcati, Jr. offers a television-themed Black Lamb Cryptic Crossword. •

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