September 6, 2001

You Dirty Rat

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Here’s the formula for Rat Race (let me know if it sounds familiar): (1) Take some diverse people; (2) Set them against each other in pursuit of a lofty cash prize–somewhere in the obstacle-riddled distance; (3) Let the gut-wrenching drama and/or hilarious consequences unfurl. If you’ve perchance turned on your TV over the last two years or so (even further back if you have cable) you might have seen a commercial for a program of this nature, one of the now countless “reality-based” shows scattered through the prime-time slots. Perhaps you’ve even watched one of them: cast a voyeuristic eye upon a trailer rolling through the contiguous 48; on that island of sexual depravity; into the Australian outback