Monthly Archives: January 2017

Not Quite Canadian

Liberals do think about giving up on Trump’s America and moving to Canada, where liberals actually call themselves liberals and don’t feel the need to hide behind the term “progressive” or other such nonsense – a nation of modest polite … Continue reading

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Provisional Autonomy

Old men have their memories. College ended, and the sixties seemed to end, on the same bright June day of the last June of that decade. It was time to move on. Nixon was president. The counterculture lost. It was … Continue reading

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From the Emergency Room

Yes, it’s been a week – but there was that Hollywood emergency room. You know, new, modern, airy, with giant state-of-the-art gizmos linked by a cool information system, with a full and young cheery staff too – and the doctor … Continue reading

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Sick Day

Suddenly the flu – that calls for bedrest and orange juice. Things will be better in the morning, or the next morning, or the one after that. It’s hard to tell, but this isn’t the time for a deep dive … Continue reading

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Gaslighting America

Some Hollywood movies are useful. There’s Gaslight from 1944 – directed by George Cukor, with Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotten, and an eighteen-year-old Angela Lansbury in her screen debut. Yes, she was young once, but her part is minor. This … Continue reading

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Only the Base

In the late seventies, at the prep school in upstate New York, part of the job was to teach an elective in creative writing – which can’t be taught. There’s no set of rules on how to be creative. There’s … Continue reading

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The Transformation

“We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.” ~ R. D. Laing The present is disappearing. Here in Hollywood, which may or … Continue reading

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