Category Archives: Economic Crisis

Once Again, Again

This is getting tiresome. On the night before the full moon in October, ominous in and of itself, the Republicans had another debate, trying to winnow the field. That’s the right verb. You might recall that winnowing fan that Homer … Continue reading

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The Essential Sickness

Monday in the middle of August and a hot and hazy day in Hollywood – that light brown photochemical smog that was supposed to be a thing of the past returned. It happens. You try not to breathe that much. … Continue reading

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Testing Reality

Here in this corner of Los Angeles, where Joni Mitchell’s Laurel Canyon meets Jim Morrison’s Sunset Strip – the Doors used to be the house band at the Whisky-a-Go-Go just down the street – the morning begins with the thump … Continue reading

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It Was About Money

Early April 2005 – away from Hollywood – kicking around Manhattan – and that’s a different world. The big-gun attorney had to work, so the bulk of each day was wandering about in ever-widening circles from his office, high above … Continue reading

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The Adults Talking In the Other Room

It’s always the adults talking in the other room. Back in the fifties they smoked cigars and sipped scotch and talked business, in some private language with terms kids didn’t understand – stuff about deferred dividends and selling short and … Continue reading

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The House of Cards

It was something that James Branch Cabell said in The Silver Stallion (1926) – that the optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds – they do that sort of thing – and the pessimist fears that … Continue reading

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Running in Place for No Reason

It’s endemic to English majors. You know you were born too late. You were supposed to have been hanging around Paris in the twenties, nodding politely to Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, Sherwood Anderson, John Dos Passos, John … Continue reading

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