Monthly Archives: July 2012

French Lessons

“We’ll always have Paris.” That’s one of the great movie lines of all time, but of course Rick’s Café Américain was a soundstage at Warner Brothers over in Burbank – sunny Casablanca itself was one of the lots out back. … Continue reading

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Bemused Scorn Will Do

Okay – CNN is in trouble. It was no surprise that Jim Walton, the president of CNN Worldwide, abruptly resigned after ten years of running the place, rather well, actually. But something had to change. Yes, he turned the place … Continue reading

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Forgetting Ecclesiastes

Things end, and that college graduation, way back in June 1969, seems odd now. There was an elaborate commencement ceremony of course, and someone tangentially famous probably gave a fine and uplifting address to us all – but it’s hard … Continue reading

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The Revenge of the Twit

Ah, an odd week finally ends – and all the political posturing of a presidential campaign, that hit full-speed far too early and then like in the Mel Brooks movie Spaceballs shifted to Ludicrous Speed, ended too, for a moment. … Continue reading

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An Impossibly Bad Day

Hemingway is long gone and so are Gertrude Stein and her friend Alice, but Woody Allen showed in his recent movie that nostalgia is stupid – or at least it makes you injudicious. That Paris – Hemingway’s Moveable Feast – … Continue reading

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Foreign Matter

Every town has a VFW Hall – on the North Side of Pittsburgh way back when, in the late fifties, the local VFW was where old men sat in the dark and sipped Iron City – not a bad beer, … Continue reading

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Floating Free Above the Real World

South Carolina is a strange place – that should be stipulated. There it’s all NASCAR and pulled-pork sandwiches, and South Carolina is home to the Christian Exodus movement – all fundamentalist evangelical Christians should personally secede from the United Sates … Continue reading

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