Tag Archives: Mitch McConnell

Finding the Killer Issue

“It’s the economy, stupid!” Those words are legendary in American politics. They cost George H. W. Bush that second term in the White House that should have been his, after his wholly justified and highly successful short war to toss … Continue reading

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Seismic Shifts

Thirty-two years ago there was a lot of explaining to do. Chucking it all to move to LA to start over, to start fresh, was the problem – not the starting fresh part, the LA part. Weren’t people crazy out … Continue reading

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Experience as a Teacher

If Kierkegaard was right, life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards, so we all have a problem. Experience is a great teacher, of lessons that probably won’t apply in the future. Oscar Wilde was a … 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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Joe’s Back

No one really wants to relive the fifties – those poodle skirts were awful, Dinah Shore was insufferably cheerful, although finally overwhelmed by Bill Haley and then Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis, and everything was so damned conventional. People were scared too – … Continue reading

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The Eve of the Eve

Some days are inherently unsatisfactory. In fact, there’s not even a name for them, like the eve of New Year’s Eve, the day before that odd day that ends in all the parties and that business in Times Square. The … Continue reading

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Always About Something Else

Some things go without saying but perhaps need to be said anyway. Never date a psychotherapist. Sure, she was a tall and elegant redhead, and nicely British, but somehow everything was always about something else. No one wants to be … Continue reading

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