Category Archives: Republican Hostage-Taking

A New Confederacy of Dunces

Graduate school is absurd and graduate school in English doubly so, and concentrating on Early Eighteenth Century British Literature, specifically on the lesser-known works of Jonathan Swift, triply so – but it had its moments. Now and then a string of … Continue reading

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Doom Required

Out here in Hollywood, when a major studio is on a losing streak and losing big money, those who green-light projects get antsy. They need to come up with a cash cow, quickly, and anything original is not what they … Continue reading

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Navigating the New Normal

Teenage boys and eccentric old men like science fiction. The rest of us have enough to deal with in the real world – we don’t have time for fanciful alternatives. What Gene Roddenberry dreamed up in his Star Trek franchise … Continue reading

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No Shooting Now

Only totally mad Francophiles remember the 1960 François Truffaut film Shoot the Piano Player – with Charles Aznavour as the brilliant concert pianist who chooses to play pop junk in a Paris dive bar where no one knows who he really … Continue reading

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Dangerous Logic

Every police force in the world has a hostage-negotiator on call, to discuss the stunningly obvious with the none-too-bright. Threatening to kill the hostage unless you get what you want makes no sense, because once you kill the hostage you’ll … Continue reading

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Those Heroic Hostage-Taking Thugs

Now comes the grind – after Christmas and New Year’s there’s that stretch of six cold and empty weeks without anything much to celebrate until Valentine’s Day, when every male in America is terrified at getting it wrong. Until then … Continue reading

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