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John Kelly's Commons: July 5, 2009 - July 11, 2009

BritNews RoundUp: Bush League Edition

Britain's latest superhero is a nature-loving gardener who dresses up as a shrub and tends to public gardens in Colchester. He calls himself the Human Shrub and dons a bushy disguise as he tends to neglected gardens in the English...

By John Kelly  |  July 10, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  BritNews RoundUp  
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Bone Marrow: Swab Your Cheek, Save a Life

When Courtney Gray Haupt walks down the street she cannot help but look into the faces of the strangers streaming past and wonder: "Could it be you? Could it be you? Could it be you?" In March Courtney's husband, Jonathan,...

By John Kelly  |  July 10, 2009; 8:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Setting His Sights on Cinema: A Movielover's Lament

TJ Edwards thinks he knows why some people are rude at movie theaters, and it has nothing to do with some people just being rude. It has to do with the act of moviegoing itself, a once-magical experience that has...

By John Kelly  |  July 9, 2009; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Radical Civility  
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A Modest Proposal: A Radical Solution to Movie Texting?

Reader Donna Hosek has an idea for how to deal with movie texters. Now, I can't tell whether Donna's being serious or whether she's being facetious but I like her creativity. Here's what she has to say: I don't...

By John Kelly  |  July 8, 2009; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Radical Civility  
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The Fall of the Usher of the House: Violence at the Multiplex?

A common lament among those who decry the texting-and-talking atmosphere in movie theaters these days is that "Ushers don't do anything." They don't enforce the theaters' own rules. I have no scientific evidence to back this up but let us,...

By John Kelly  |  July 6, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Radical Civility  
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