Monthly Archives: October 2012

Mind Tricks

The last day in October, capped off by Halloween night and the massive surreal parade just down the street in West Hollywood, the largest gay community south of San Francisco. That’s always a hoot, but not the only news. The … Continue reading

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The Limits of Crass and Unthinking Exploitation

Out here in Hollywood, the seventies were the golden age of the schlock disaster movies. There were movies where a giant rogue wave barrels in out of nowhere and capsizes the big fancy cruise ship, turning it upside down so … Continue reading

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Storm Warnings

The last Monday in October and there’s no massive hurricane that morphed into a nine-hundred-mile-wide winter cyclone here in Southern California – just another day of full sunshine, in the mid-eighties with palm trees and all that. We’re the ones … Continue reading

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Strange Times Indeed

Every generation probably has this sense that they live in strange times indeed – what is happening around them is nothing like whatever happened before – everything is unprecedented. That was said a lot in the sixties, perhaps for good … Continue reading

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Their Closing Arguments

Here in the land of make-believe things aren’t what they seem. Hollywood Boulevard isn’t glamorous – it’s kind of seedy. The tourists look bewildered. The old bank building on the corner at Highland – a sort of Gothic meets Deco … Continue reading

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No More Tea

The son of a good friend is now in the first month of his post-grad work at a minor university somewhere northwest of London, and presumably getting used to bangers and mash and kippers for breakfast, and a lot of … Continue reading

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Political Ecosystems

Those of us who did our four years at Denison University – back in the day when college was four sequential years without pauses for this and that – always felt a bit ambivalent about the famous alumni. Sure, it … Continue reading

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