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Dave Awl
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Get a free listen to the new James album, due out next week — the whole thing is streaming online courtesy of The Independent.

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I started watching Sirens because Phil Ridarelli was on it, in a brilliant little scene. (Go, Phil!) I got hooked on it because of the terrific cast, strong characters and sharp dialogue, and the generally inventive comedy writing. And the fact that what on the surface appears to be a comedy about emergency medical technicians driving an ambulance turns out to be mainly preoccupied with issues of gender and sexuality — and approaches them in refreshingly unconventional ways.

Almost every time I thought it was going to lapse into the usual lazy sitcom clichés about gay people or gender roles or monogamy in general, it wound up surprising me by subverting those expectations — sometimes overtly, other times in subtle, almost subliminal ways — while rooting for generally disparaged kinds of people and ideas that don't usually even get an airing on mainstream TV comedies.

As much as I like Brooklyn Nine-Nine, I think Sirens is my favorite new sitcom to come along since 30 Rock met its demise, and the most pleasantly surprising one since Better Off Ted. (Note that I don't consider dramadies like HBO's Girls or Looking to be sitcoms in the classic sense of the term, so I'm not counting them for the sake of this comparison.)

Anyway, those first ten episodes went really fast. Fingers crossed it comes back for Season 2. (Even the one that wound up in the birdhouse.)

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Well, hey. A new poem of mine is included in this poetic box of Valentine's Day chocolates at Escape Into Life.

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"I remember the summer that guacamole came to town. Children held the hands of their parents and waited patiently just to catch a glimpse of it. Old people wanted no part of it."

... Beautiful little memory piece by Bruce from Kids in the Hall about being a young punk in a small town.

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Peter O'Toole tells David Letterman what he'd like on his tombstone.

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The estimable Robert McDonald interviewed me about my recent poetical works for his blog Lives of the Spiders. (Strangely, we didn't talk about spiders at all.)

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Adventures in surreal estate ...

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Nice try, Google Plus — but no, I'm not giving you my mobile phone number just so I can get a custom URL. Really tired of online providers trying to extort my mobile phone number out of me. It's become the new social media hostage scenario.

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From Neil Finn's new solo album Dizzy Heights, due out in February. Nice mood music for a rainy day ... love that string section.
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