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By Rich Heldenfels Published: October 16, 2012

Crazy days, these. Papers to grade, chores to do, and so much TV. This is the time of year when the DVR is never empty. But we roll on.

In case you missed it, this week's DVD/Blu-ray column, with notes on the latest "Mad Men" release and other topics, is here. I also had a recent look at "The Girl," the HBO movie about Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren, which you can find here.

Sammy Hagar will join Meat Loaf at his Cleveland show on Oct. 24, which marks the 35th anniversary of the release of "Bat Out of Hell."

MTV's latest attempt to get younger voters involved in the elecftion includes a blending of the Wolf Blitzer with a couple of MTV stars. The official word:

Ask Wolf: Beginning today and leading up to Election Day, and the will debut a series of “Ask Wolf” spots where Tyler Posey of “Teen Wolf” and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino from the “Jersey Shore” ask CNN’s Wolf Blitzer burning questions from young voters. From the “Situation Room,” Wolf will tackle topics like why your vote matters even if you don’t live in a swing state, whether separation of church and state is still an American value, the pros and cons of voting for a third party candidate, how young people can influence the election and why they should care about it.

The first two questions, online now, are : "Will my vote matter if I don't live in a swing state?"  (as if we had to worry about such things in Ohio) and "What are the pros and cons of voting for a third-party candidate?"

A book about the life lessons in hip-hop is now an ebook. The official word:

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s iconic song, “The Message,” and in anticipation of the 40th anniversary of Hip-Hop in 2013, NBC Publishing announces the re-release of Felicia Pride’s, The Message: Life Lessons from Hip-Hop’s Greatest Songs as an eBook available today. Featuring a foreword written by Chuck D, iconic member of Public Enemy, The Message is a literary mixtape of wisdom and insight culled from hip-hop’s all-time greatest songs. Pride examines a wide range of hip-hop interpreting life through the music’s lens and brings her own insights and experiences to the page. By incorporating her reflections on the rappers’ messages, Pride shares the wisdom she has gained from hip-hop and focuses on the valuable influence the music has on its audience. With each life lesson aptly titled after a hip-hop song—such as Kanye West’s “Welcome to Heartbreak,” EPMD’s “Please Listen to My Demo,” Nneka’s “Heartbeat,” or Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power”—The Message explores, success, love, business, politics and more through the language of hip-hop culture.

Now I am trying to get "makes me wonder/how I keep from going under" out of my head.



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