Monthly Archives: August 2017

Dreamers Awake

“Never to have to think of yourself as white is a luxury that makes you deeply stupid.” ~ Leonard Michaels It does? Michaels was an Ashkenazy Jew born in New York City – his father was born in Poland. He … Continue reading

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Losing Pittsburgh

Gertrude Stein was born in Pittsburgh. She left. David O. Selznick, the guy who hired Clark Gable to play Rhett Butler, was born in Pittsburgh. He left, early on. Gene Kelly and Oscar Levant were born in Pittsburgh. They left for … Continue reading

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The High-Heels Hurricane

There are great titles from the seventies like P.S. Your Cat Is Dead – a novel by James Kirkwood adapted from his play and later made into a rather forgettable movie that quickly disappeared – but the title was unforgettably cool. This is about … Continue reading

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Wearing America Down

Sometimes Mel Brooks is useful. Sometimes Blazing Saddles is useful. Sometimes Madeline Kahn as Lili von Shtupp – the “Teutonic Titwillow” – is useful. There she is singing I’m Tired (badly) to a saloon full of raucous loutish cowboys in … Continue reading

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Somehow Holding the Line

June 1990 seems so long ago. It was June at West Point and the graduation ceremonies were impressive. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Colin Powell, gave the commencement address: General Powell, President Bush’s chief military adviser, called on the new … Continue reading

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Good Luck and All That

“We’ve got stop being so nice to people, folks!” Donald Trump said that more than a few times when he was running for president. That was a winner. Sometimes that referred to foreign aid – he was against it. What … Continue reading

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Madness in Great Ones

“Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.” Brush up your Shakespeare. That’s from the first scene of the third act of Hamlet. Hamlet has been acting ominously strange. Polonius tells the worried king, Claudius, that he’ll arrange for Hamlet … Continue reading

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