Category Archives: DADT

Dealing with Family

The weekend before Christmas, in Los Angeles, and specifically here in Hollywood, is about as surreal as can be imagined – large inflatable plastic snowmen on the lawns in Beverly Hills, under the elegant palm trees, and a snow-covered Christmas … Continue reading

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Goethe Is Always Pithy

Set aside that the beloved character that Arthur Conan Doyle created, that extraordinary consulting detective (as he calls himself) – yes, Sherlock Holmes – is a borderline dysfunctional sociopath. In that new movie Robert Downey Jr. plays him as such. … Continue reading

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Our Lear

Forgive an old English teacher but it is Shakespeare again. But there are things we know, like you can’t go wrong teaching Hamlet. You’ve got the moody young prince, Hamlet, thinking and feeling deeply in a nasty corrupt world, trying … Continue reading

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Empirical Evidence Strikes Again

Perhaps it’s just human nature – empirical evidence makes people angry. You rev up the country to believe that Saddam Hussein had something to do with those 2001 attacks – three thousand dead because of the likes of him – … Continue reading

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Mistaking Our Own Taboos as Universal

It’s been seventeen years. And it started with Bill Clinton, the master of triangulation or the third way or whatever you wish to call it, where you disappoint your base and flummox your opponents by doing the unexpected, the other … Continue reading

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The Next Stop Is Not Pleasantville

The parallel universe thing is a staple of science fiction, and science fiction movies. There were the three Back to the Future movies – all about parallel worlds where things would be different now if you went back and changed … Continue reading

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