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Image Hosted by Tonight on TDS,  Peter Bergen, author of Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden--from 9/11 to Abbottabad ; and on TCR,  Lena Dunham, HBO series Girls.

And at the same time on Letterman: Stephen Colbert!

sausage grinder of snark

Still feeling lazy:

Oh, all right. TDS has this guy:

Peter Bergen is a print and television journalist and author; the director of the national security studies program at the New America Foundation in Washington D.C.; a research fellow at New York University’s Center on Law and Security and CNN’s national security analyst. In 2008 he was an Adjunct Lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and he has worked as an Adjunct Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
who wrote this:
The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden--from 9/11 to Abbottabad

The gripping account of the decade-long hunt for the world’s most wanted man.

It was only a week before 9/11 that Peter Bergen turned in the manuscript of Holy War, Inc., the story of Osama bin Laden—whom Bergen had once interviewed in a mud hut in Afghanistan—and his declaration of war on America. The book became a New York Times bestseller and the essential portrait of the most formidable terrorist enterprise of our time. Now, in Manhunt, Bergen picks up the thread with this taut yet panoramic account of the pursuit and killing of bin Laden...

Don't care.
& Stephen's got Lena Dunham, of "Girls." Here's a sample of more-or-less mainstream coverage:
WHEN Lena Dunham’s “Girls” first aired on HBO last Sunday, several weeks of breathless profiles, articles, and blog posts had already primed viewers to expect something more akin to a full-blown, game-changing event than a television show. Emily Nussbaum, writing in New York magazine, was so taken by “Girls” that she described herself as “a goner, a convert”: “Dunham’s sly, brazen, graphic comedy” was not only entertaining but a statement about young women by young women, taking “as its subject…cosseted white New Yorkers from educated backgrounds” and then mining “their lives for the universal.” In a post for the New Yorker Lorrie Moore, an American novelist, praised Ms Dunham—whom Ms Moore deems to be one of the “true comedic artists”—for being “boundaryless in a way that is a little T.M.I. in life but has its dangerous thrills in narrative art.”

...These women are not likable, not exactly. Nor are they representative of anyone other than the children of privilege they are. “Girls”, however, is very funny. But the deluge of early publicity has perhaps interfered with the viewing experience, setting up a measure of expectation that says more about the critics than about the show itself. Only a single 30-minute episode had aired before both the backlash and the backlash-to-the-backlash began, with “Girls” being accused of every sin from solipsism to anti-feminism and racism. Ms Dunham, for her part, has tried to defuse some of the outrage by promising to try harder: “When I get a tweet from a girl who's like, ‘I'd love to watch the show, but I wish there were more women of color.’ You know what? I do, too, and if we have the opportunity to do a second season, I’ll address that.”..

There's lots of stuff out there about Girls re: body issues, sex, its being the next "Sex and the City," (or not) -- oh, and it's Just So Real Life --  -- but most of what I've seen being talked about is how white the NYC-based show is. Could be just who I follow on twitter, of course. So there's also issues of casual racism, a whitewashing of NYC in the show (or not), stuff like that. Not to mention the privilege/entitlement issues.

There's a whole lot of this stuff out there -- all those links I put in there are just to the first articles google  found for me, none of which are the ones in which I initially came across the discussion. So if you're really intrigued, get ready for several hours of blog-surfing.

Up this week:

4/30: Zach Wahls (author – promoting book “My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family”)
5/1: David Barton (author – promoting book “The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You've Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson”)
5/2: Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK & author – promoting book “The Debt Bomb: A Bold Plan to Stop Washington from Bankrupting America”)
5/3: Peter Bergen (author – promoting book “Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden--from 9/11 to Abbottabad”)

Next week's guests:
5/7: Admiral General Aladeen (Sacha Baron Cohen – actor, promoting movie “The Dictator”)
5/8: Amb. Ivo Daalder (US Ambassador to NATO)
5/9: Dr. John R. Hall (Dean of Westminster Abbey)
5/10: Robert Caro (author – promoting book “The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson”)

Weeks of 5/14 & 5/21: DARK!


4/30/12 Diane Keaton - Author, “Then Again”
5/1/12 Carne Ross
5/2/12 Jonathan Haidt - Author, “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion”
5/3/12 Lena Dunham - "Girls"

Mo 5/7: Andy Cohen
Tu 5/8: Michelle Alexander
We 5/9: Anna Wintour
Th 5/10: Dr. Francis Collins

Weeks of 5/14 & 5/21: DARK!


(listings and occasional links  via The Late Night TV Page, some links & more guest info available at,, and a judiciously-used
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