Monthly Archives: March 2011

Sweet Righteous Bullying

Yes, the national panic over shark attacks has passed into pop culture history, although another summer is coming. But the cable news folks, desperate for a hook to keep people from clicking over to the Travel Channel or the Food … Continue reading

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That Private World

Dickens is not everyone’s cup of tea – in fact hardy anyone reads him now, and probably few even know who Charles Dickens was. He was not a power-forward in the NBA or a NASCAR driver after all. Yes, recent … Continue reading

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The Rules of the Road

It was startling – a day down on Melrose Avenue photographing this week’s new street art and at one point standing on the corner by the Village Idiot (it’s a pretentious fake pub) waiting for the Walk sign. And then … Continue reading

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Fighting Post-Hoc Confabulations

It happens every year – someone always ranks the cities with the worst traffic congestion. Of course Los Angeles always tops the list – and this most recent study says the worst time to be on the freeways out here … Continue reading

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On Dealing with Motiveless Malignancy

It is the very error of the moon, you know. She comes more nearer earth than she was wont and makes men mad – it happens. At least that’s what Othello was saying in Act 5, Scene 2 – he’d … Continue reading

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Here We Go Again

Turtle Bay seems like a nice place – yep, win the lottery and retire there. There’s that little strip of a park on East Forty-Seventh, Dag Hammarskjold Plaza – in his last years Kurt Vonnegut used to sit quietly on … Continue reading

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The Limits of Indiscriminate Swagger

It may be that the flamboyantly gay Elton John sang at Rush Limbaugh’s fourth and most recent wedding – no, really – but that doesn’t mean that the culture wars are over. As for Elton John, what he did was … Continue reading

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