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| January 11, 2017

Culture is the last great British export

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I hated myself for loving The Crown -- the Netflix series -- so ardently that I devoured the first 10 hours as soon as they went online. I've always been revolted in a morally smug way by anything in popular culture that suggests some lives count more than others. That goes particularly for celebrity coverage. It leads people to undervalue their own lives and overestimate the merits of being famous. There are people who sound more intimate with media figures than with their own family -- as if they know them better.

Besides, what Dickens said about the endless law suit in Bleak House should've applied to The Crown: "It is a slow, expensive, British, constitutional kind of thing."


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Length: 12:23 minutes (11.35 MB)

This holiday season try shopping second hand!

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Jessica Rose tells us why her family is committed to buying second hand, which means combing thrift stores, vintage boutiques, flea markets and antique stores for the perfect gift.

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