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Monday, June 09, 2021

There’s a good deal to like about Dana Vachon’s “Mergers & Acquisitions”, a sort of 21st-Century blend of Bret Easton Ellis’ and Jay McInerney’s seminal ’80s novels.

One of the more minor touches, but still worthy of notice, are the character names Vachon assigns to a group of haughty Latin American bankers who share an “unfortunate love of monogramming” (meaning pay attention to those initials):

- Manuel Oliveira Rodrigo Orjuela de Navarro

- Héctor Esteban Raúl Padrón Enrique de Stefano

- Carlos Ungaro Núñez de Talarico

- Antonio Suárez Sánchez

Try sporting one of those monograms on your dress-shirt cuffs. Chalk it up to the cultural baggage that comes with the unique paternal-maternal structure of Spanish surnames.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 06/09/2021 10:23:57 PM
Category: Book Review, Comedy
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form of, a president
Much was made of Barack and Michelle’s on-stage fist-bump that signified the clinching of Obama’s Democratic nomination for President.

The “punch it in” move came to mind right away. It’s been around for a while; my earliest memory of its demonstration in the media is from a scene in 1989’s Heathers.

I’d like to think that the Obamas had another, more recognizable pop-culture inspiration in mind: The superpower-activating Wonder Twins.

Let’s hope they unleashed cooler superpowers, hopefully effective against the challenges of the Electoral College.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 06/09/2021 08:10:59 AM
Category: Politics, Pop Culture
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