Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Land of Fluff and Nonsense

The move to Southern California was thirty years ago, almost exactly. And the move to Hollywood was almost seventeen years ago. And no one back east understood either. We had all grown up knowing Southern California from the Gidget surfer … Continue reading

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Watching the Fail

Like a dog worrying a bone, the American public can only obsess about one issue at a time, the big crisis of the day. Rupert Murdoch may be having a bad time, having much to explain to the British parliament, … Continue reading

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Forget the Box

The last of the corporate world was six years ago, and now those Dilbert cartoons each morning in the business section no longer cause any excruciating pangs of recognition at all. They’re no more than echoes from another galaxy, somewhere … Continue reading

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Structural Matters

This time it’s different. People always say that, and they believe it – but most of the time it really isn’t different. Maybe things fell apart with that sweet young thing who was your sweetheart – and this time it’s … Continue reading

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The Necessary Unnecessary Foolishness

The middle of July and a full moon on a Friday night – and the nation rushes headlong toward an amazing self-induced catastrophe. It does not look like there will be a deal to raise the debt-limit, so we will … Continue reading

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Not Greece

Bastille Day in Los Angeles – and no one notices. This is not really much of a French place, save for the immediate neighborhood, and this building just above Sunset Boulevard, home to a good number of those elegant folks. … Continue reading

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Deciding Who Is Lying To Themselves

People lie because lying works. There was that seminal 1979 book on lying – Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life – by the formidable Sissela Bok – the daughter of two Nobel Prize winners and married to the … Continue reading

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