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In this week’s New Yorker, Ben McGrath writes about swimming in the East River:
Four years ago, three guys had an idea: that it might be nice to swim in the East River. “It came about pretty simply,” one of them, Dong-Ping Wong, recalled recently, on one of those humid, ambition-melting summer mornings. “Just sitting and sweating near the river, and realizing, after years of living here, that it’d be sort of amazing if you could jump in, and kind of ridiculous that you couldn’t.”
Of course, seventeen years ago, another New Yorker had the same idea. His name was Cosmo Kramer.
From Seinfeld, S08E18, “The Nap”:
KRAMER: Well my swimming pool problems are solved. I just found myself miles and miles of open lanes.
JERRY: What is that smell?
KRAMER: That’s East River.
JERRY: You’re swimming in the East River? The most heavily trafficked overly contaminated waterway on the eastern seaboard?
KRAMER: Technically Norfolk has more gross tonnage.
Filed under: Life imitates art
Roy: “So, what do you do, Don?”
Don Draper: “I blow up bridges.”
Midge: “Don’s in advertising.”
Roy: “No way! Madison Avenue? What a gas!”
Midge: “We all have to serve somebody.”
Roy: “Perpetuating the lie. How do you sleep at night?”
Don: “On a bed made of money.”
Jay Sherman: How do you sleep at night?
Rainer Wolfcastle: On top of a pile of money with many beautiful ladies.
Jay Sherman: Just asking.
Unlike movies, I watched a ton of TV this year, because 1) there’s a ridiculously great amount of decent TV shows running right now, and 2) 30-45 minutes is the perfect amount of turn-off-the-brain time for new parents. Here are 10 shows I liked:
Episode to episode, this is the best show on TV. All four seasons are good, but this last season was great. Not sure how next season will go without exec producer Elmore Leonard, but as long as Boyd Crowder’s on the show, I’ll be watching.
I still watch Seinfeld reruns when they’re on, so I don’t know how the hell I went so long without watching this. Leon!
Tina Belcher is my spirit animal.
I liked the ending because I always saw it as a kind of Western. Plus, 5th season Walt is kind of my fashion icon.
I watched a lot of Yo Gabba this year. And you know what? It’s actually pretty great. The songs are super catchy (my wife and I like to pump “I Love Bugs” in the car) and whenever Mark Mothersbaugh draws it cracks me up, because he’s basically the worst drawer ever.
This fell off a little towards the end of the season, but I’m still hooked. Great 80s soundtrack, too, starting with the use of “Tusk” in the pilot.
This show is creeeepy. And beautiful. And French. Oh, so French.
It’s like Peggy Olson wandered onto the set of a David Lynch movie set in New Zealand.
Silly. British. Quotable.
This show is so terrible. And yet, I watch it every week it airs.
Other shows deserving of an honorable mention: Orange is the New Black, Terriers, Portlandia, and House of Cards.