Monthly Archives: September 2010

Waiting for the Impossible

As September collapses into October it seems everyone is waiting for Superman – and they’re not waiting for the new ultimate Tea Party candidate who will whip out a revolver and shoot pesky reporters dead and then deport Obama to … Continue reading

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Punk Politics

Yes, you have received email from that bank official in Nigeria, or the widow in Warsaw, or from the folks at the Lisbon lottery, or from that staff sergeant in some odd province of Iraq – there’s a lot of … Continue reading

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A Brief Interruption

There is no Tuesday evening column – other matters came up. There will be one tomorrow evening of course. In lieu of a lot of words, consider the day’s photography – a walk from Hollywood and Vine down Hollywood Boulevard … Continue reading

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To Be Fair About It

Except for glassy-eyed professional athletes hopped up on drugs, we all want to be fair and reasonable – that’s how you play the game. You don’t call those who disagree with you nasty names and mock them. You listen respectfully … Continue reading

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The Elites and the Common Man

The last Sunday in September here in Hollywood was a bit brutal – by noon it was a hundred ten in the shade, and there wasn’t much of that. And the air was bone dry, which meant Red Flag warnings … Continue reading

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The Strange Straight Up

Call it the Andy Warhol Syndrome – or the Gene Kelly, Oscar Levant and David O. Selznick Syndrome, or the Henry Mancini or Ahmad Jamal Syndrome. When you grow up in Pittsburgh you want to get out. Those guys did. … Continue reading

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The Seductive Appeal of the Imaginary Past

Summer is over. The college fellows are playing football and soon the air will be crisp and the leaves will change and drop – not out here in Los Angeles of course, but that’s the general idea. And the summer … Continue reading

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