Category Archives: American Delusion

Our Age of Unease

Eventually everyone leads a strange life, probably because life isn’t a sit-com. And out here in Hollywood America’s situation comedies are in constant production – there are hundreds of soundstages in the Thirty Mile Zone (yes, like in the tabloid … Continue reading

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The Treachery of Images

Those of us who smoke a pipe – that would be mostly former English teachers and older academic sorts – know all about the painting. It’s “The Treachery of Images” (La trahison des images) – that 1929 painting by the … Continue reading

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Make Mine a Cosmopolitan

Those of us out here who grew up in the fifties in Pittsburgh seldom think of going back – we all left for a reason. The world was elsewhere. One of the actors out here, who grew up in Pittsburg, … Continue reading

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A Time for Dreaming

The often insufferable Keith Olbermann calls the Tea Party folks the something-for-nothing crowd – and of course that’s shorthand for those who want no new taxes, and massive tax cuts as we’re taxed too much already, and the government to … Continue reading

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Self-Delusional Ambition, Hope and Daydreams

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards tried to explain it to a whole generation – “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime, yeah, you just might find you get what you need.” No one paid attention … Continue reading

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Not the Yes Man

Americans are happy optimists, or deep in denial, or maybe that’s the same thing. John Updike once said that “America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.” And that may be so, but it was Cyril Connolly who suggested … Continue reading

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