It’s Back: “House of Cards” Season 2 (No Spoilers)

By: Wednesday February 19, 2014 5:15 pm

Just like a novel you can’t put down, a great TV show is truly satisfying. When all the stars align in terms of writing, acting, and direction, a strong series presents a wonderful opportunity to get lost in a world. Fiction tends to be most engaging when it reflects and rifts off reality. Perhaps that’s one reason why political dramas are so popular.


Houses of Cards

By: Sunday February 10, 2013 9:30 am

House of Cards, the Netflix original series, just might be the best of a genre that ought to be called the “political sleezie.” Wildly entertaining, it stars Kevin Spacey as Congressman Frank Underwood and Robin Wright as his wife Claire. Majority Whip Underwood is so underhanded it makes you feel guilty that you almost root [...]

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Matt Taibbi, Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America

By: Saturday November 27, 2010 1:59 pm

In Mark Harris’ classic baseball novel, Bang The Drum Slowly, players and coaches for the mythical New York Mammoths (modeled after the New York Yankees) fill the dead hours spent in hotels while on road trips by adjourning to the hotel lobby where they make a show of playing a card game called “Tegwar”. Tegwar (The Exciting Game Without Any Rules) is a con game whose express purpose is to extract as much money as possible from the passing starstruck fans who want to join in yet don’t want to appear like rubes by admitting that they don’t know what the hell is going on in the game. Befuddled by nonsensical winning hands like Red Rooster, Banjo, Coney Island Tatey or Butchered Hog, but caught up in the glow of hanging out with real live major league ballplayers, the fans are easy pickings and, unsurprisingly, the ballplayers always win.

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