J.R. Ewing and the Fall of Communism

Larry Hagman died a few days ago. After all of the wonderful roles he played, the evil J.R. Ewing has to be the most memorable. The Dallas character was unbelievably evil and the overall morality of the show could be argued. I had a more favorable impression of the show before I read Richard Rushfield’s case for how it led to shows such as …

  1. Mollie Hemingway
    C

    Someone who read this post just sent me a link to this, saying Bieber’s outfit shows American strength:

    Bieber.jpg

  2. Barkha Herman

    Growing up in India, it was cowboys that impressed me more than lawyers and wall street execs.  Then I move here and find out that it is fashionable to look down upon all the things that drew me to America.

  3. katievs

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali credits English romance novels, found in Ethiopia, including Jane Austen and Danielle Steel (!), with awakening in her the idea of love, which later gave her the courage she needed to flee an arranged marriage and take refuge in the west.

  4. Foxman
    To me Larry Hagman was the kind “Master” from I Dream of Genie. I could never get used to him as a bad guy.
  5. The Mugwump

    The greatest gift that the west has given to the world is the notion that individuals matter.  The idea is part of what used to be known as the liberal tradition.  I don’t know what our culture has to offer now, except perhaps a sad look at what happens when a nation becomes decadent.  

    Bieber is an adolescent fop of no consequence.  The onus for this breach of decorum lies with the Canadian PM for not insisting on proper protocols.   

  6. Grendel

    Ha, ha.  I never watched I Dream of Jeannie or Dallas or anything LH was in.  Not a reflection on him, just a case of non-intersecting universes of discourse.

    One summer in the ’70s, I kept coming across curious references to “Who shot J.R.?”.   I knew J.R. from nobody, let alone when, where, or why anyone would shoot him, and why I should care, as I was obviously assumed to do.  Finally, after 3 months of episodes of mild puzzlement, an Art Buchwald (remember him?  no, you don’t.  He used to be a Washington Post columnist, accepted at the best affairs in  Washington, D.C. as “funny” “humorist”, a dubious accolade in a town where a sense of humor is a professional liability) column gave enough detail for me to place the reference.

    Who did shoot J.R., anyway?  No, no, nevermind, I don’t really want to know.  Tell it to the Romanians.

  7. Grendel

    I don’t know anything about The Mindy Project or its connection with Dallas  or why Reason mag thinks it’s a bad idea, but it does seem telling that it is easier to get a network job by creating a multicultural show than by losing 25 lbs.

  8. Fricosis Guy

    Hmmm… perhaps much of what we hear about Russian and Eastern European women can be explained by high-maintenance role models like Sue-Ellen Ewing and Alexis Carrington Colby (never mind their daughters)?

  9. Misthiocracy
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.: Someone who read this post just sent me a link to this, saying Bieber’s outfit shows American strength: · 2 hours ago

    And this tweet shows Prime Minister Harper’s awesomeness:

    “In fairness to Justin Bieber, I told him I would be wearing my overalls too.”

  10. EJHill
    Grendel: Who did shoot J.R., anyway?

    Mary Crosby, daughter of you-know-who. Larry Hagman’s mother was Mary Martin and the parents were much more entertaining.

  11. Mollie Hemingway
    C
    Grendel: I don’t know anything about The Mindy Project or its connection with Dallas  or why Reason mag thinks it’s a bad idea, but it does seem telling that it is easier to get a network job by creating a multicultural show than by losing 25 lbs. · 3 hours ago

    No, Mindy Kahling is a hilarious writer and actress. I was really excited for her show, but it’s … not good.

  12. Red Feline
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.: Someone who read this post just sent me a link to this, saying Bieber’s outfit shows American strength: · 6 hours ago

    It also shows Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s self control that he didn’t fall on the floor laughing. :-)

  13. Red Feline
    Barkha Herman: Growing up in India, it was cowboys that impressed me more than lawyers and wall street execs.  Then I move here and find out that it is fashionable to look down upon all the things that drew me to America. · 6 hours ago

    America is nothing like the myths, I find. 

    Canada isn’t either. I thought all Canadians were born with skates on their feet and skis thrown over their shoulders. Not so! :-)

  14. Red Feline
    Misthiocracy

    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.: Someone who read this post just sent me a link to this, saying Bieber’s outfit shows American strength: · 2 hours ago

    And this tweet shows Prime Minister Harper’s awesomeness:

    “In fairness to Justin Bieber, I told him I would be wearing my overalls too.” · 4 hours ago

    I LIKE that, Mis! “PM Harper’s awesomeness: … ”

    If ever there was a politician who has been severely underestimated, Harper is he. He is that rare being, a pragmatic, non-ideologist, conservative. Very Canadian I think!

  15. Red Feline
    EJHill

    Grendel: Who did shoot J.R., anyway?

    Mary Crosby, daughter of you-know-who. Larry Hagman’s mother was Mary Martin and the parents were much more entertaining. · 4 hours ago

    Hey, wasn’t it all a dream? Oh no, didn’t the dream have something to do with Pamela and Bobby? Season Nine was it? 

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