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The Vegas Diaries
March 11, 1996 – 9:16 PM | No Comment

Allow me to introduce myself — Sarah D. Bunting, CD-ROM development editrix by day, heckler at life's rich pageant by night.Below, the sad true tale of my trip to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las …

The Tulsa Diaries
March 11, 1996 – 9:06 PM | No Comment

DAY ONE
My father woke me up at 5 AM and we trucked to Newark Airport.I boarded the plane and fell fast asleep despite a pre-flight cup of coffee that had the potency (not to mention …

The Too Much Information Desk
March 11, 1996 – 9:01 PM | No Comment

In his excellent piece in March's Vanity Fair entitled "The Death of Shame," Christopher Hitchens related David Letterman's attempt to interrupt Howard Stern in the middle of an orgasm:
"Letterman, who I'm sure would rather die …

StairMaster To Heaven
March 11, 1996 – 8:33 PM | No Comment

Every morning when I wake up, I turn on The Today Show.I do this partly to drown out the meowing of a hungry feline; partly to find out what the weather is doing, since finding …

The Pod People
March 11, 1996 – 8:00 PM | No Comment

A couple of weeks ago, an old friend and I headed to a bar for its weekly Ladies Night.We found the concept of Ladies Night — undoubtedly devised by a sly heterosexual male in order …

Perspective Check
March 11, 1996 – 7:55 PM | No Comment

I spent most of this afternoon on my back on the kitchen floor.My air conditioning unit is installed in the kitchen window, so I stationed myself in the kitchen with a book of short stories …