Monthly Archives: January 2011

Our Age of Unease

Eventually everyone leads a strange life, probably because life isn’t a sit-com. And out here in Hollywood America’s situation comedies are in constant production – there are hundreds of soundstages in the Thirty Mile Zone (yes, like in the tabloid … Continue reading

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One More Lost Generation

There are the late-night saloon songs, and the classic is Frank Sinatra singing “make it one for my baby, and one more for the road” of course. Dreams are dead. Nothing worked out. That’s how it goes. There’s not much … Continue reading

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Facebook in the Age of Social Holocaust

The people of Egypt may have used Facebook to start a revolution – which may or may not actually topple the government. There has been much written about that – see Newsweek with Inside Egypt’s Facebook Revolt for example. But … Continue reading

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Walk like an Egyptian

Back in 1922 all things Egyptian were the rage. That’s why there’s the Egyptian Theater here on Hollywood Boulevard. Sid Grauman had done well with his Million Dollar Theater downtown, and his first theater on Hollywood Boulevard was the Egyptian … Continue reading

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The Actual Value of Careful Lying

It’s the question every husband dreads. Do these jeans make my butt look fat? The wife asks the question because she knows they do. And the diplomatic answer is that those jeans make her look good. That’s what she wanted … Continue reading

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When The Words That Everyone Is Using Stop Meaning What They Seem To Mean

It’s always best to wait until the dust settles. As common expressions go that’s a good one – far better than saying that’s no skin off my teeth. Foreigners learning English must puzzle over that one. Skin? Teeth? But colloquialisms … Continue reading

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The State of Something or Other

This is a place marker – or maybe what follows is all that needs to be said. An hour or two ago, or in a universe far away and long ago, President Obama gave his State of the Union address, … Continue reading

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