Monthly Archives: May 2018

A Sickness of the Spirit

Societally, the country has bottomed out. Societally, the country has been reduced to arguing about stupid stuff: The chairman of the New York Jets said he will pay the fines for players on his team who protest during the national … Continue reading

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Duty, Honor, Country

There was that graduation at West Point long ago. Colin Powell spoke – he was fine. The Soviet Union had just collapsed and we had no enemies now. In fact, our idea of how societies should be organized had won. … Continue reading

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Too Much History

This isn’t Donald Trump’s penthouse with gold-plated everything high above Fifth Avenue. There are old copies of Foreign Affairs scattered around the apartment here in Hollywood. They’re depressing reading. There’s classical music on the radio all day – out of … Continue reading

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From the Comic to the Serious

That’s the problem with the New York Times and the Washington Post – no comics. The few people who still subscribe to newspapers, although they won’t admit it, go to the comic strip pages of the morning paper, first thing. … Continue reading

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Disinformation Information

Everyone knew it would happen again. On average, these things happen once a week now – so it happened again. This time it was Texas: A 17-year-old student armed with a shotgun and a pistol went on a rampage Friday … Continue reading

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The Real Estate

Donald Trump will always be that insecure wannabe loutish guy from Queens who could never impress the old money in Manhattan, no matter how many gold-plated toilets he had installed in his gold-plated penthouse high over Fifth Avenue. He was … Continue reading

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Too Fast and Too Furious

Universal Pictures has been around since 1912 and they still know how to make money. They’re “universal” after all. They tap into the zeitgeist. They monetize that zeitgeist. They made a lot of money with a series of smashing-car movies … Continue reading

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