Monthly Archives: August 2018

Political Counterprogramming

Not everyone watches the Super Bowl. The other networks provide an alternative – “chick flicks” on Hallmark and Lifetime – a first run movie somewhere else – or something ironic like the Puppy Bowl and the Kitten Bowl. This is … Continue reading

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Moving Beyond Irony

Irony can disappear. It disappeared after twenty-five years of living in the middle of Hollywood. It was easy enough to smile, knowingly, at a place built on every possible cliché about good and evil, where ambitious men with no other … Continue reading

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A Spanner in the Works

John Lennon wrote books too. In 1965 it was A Spaniard in the Works – not much of a book actually, just short nonsense stories and whimsical line drawings. No one paid much attention to it, and the title was … Continue reading

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A Well-Known Liberal Bias

Stephen Colbert started out as a “correspondent” on Comedy Central’s wildly successful series The Daily Show – home to the most incisive political satire the nation had ever seen – but Comedy Central and Jon Stewart realized Colbert was onto something. … Continue reading

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That Tug on the Sleeve

There was only one theme from the beginning. Donald Trump told America that everyone is out to get us. He told America to sneer at the rest of the world – to get angry and get tough. The world was … Continue reading

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A Smaller World Again

The world got smaller when President Kennedy was shot dead in Dallas. Kennedy wasn’t an impressive president, although he did keep the Cuban Missile Crisis from turning into a global thermonuclear war that ended all life in earth. There’s that. … Continue reading

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Beyond Summary

Summaries are useful. “Hamlet” – a young prince discovers that the new king, his new stepfather, actually murdered his father and then married his mother, to become king, and gets very depressed, and then very angry, and then does something … Continue reading

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