Category Archives: Obama Too Cool

Misunderstanding Calculated Delay

Every day the tourists fill the Santa Monica Pier – every day is a summer day out here after all – and the pier is cool. It has an old merry-go-round that has popped up in more than a few … Continue reading

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The Unavailable Boldness Option

Any ten-year-old will tell you they wish they were a grown-up. They could say what they want and do what they want, without picky parents and impossible teachers telling them they can’t say this and can’t do that. Adults don’t … Continue reading

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The Music Man

Harold Hill in The Music Man – and the even-better film version of it – was a charming rogue. But he was a total fraud. He wasn’t Professor Harold Hill, the travelling music instructor, there to organize a River City … Continue reading

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The Obama Uncertainty

They all laughed at Clint Eastwood when he winged it at the Republican convention in Tampa and improvised that conversation with an empty chair, representing a wholly imaginary Barack Obama. That could have been brilliant but it was just strange. … Continue reading

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No Joy in Mudville

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 – that must have been a bummer of an evening in Boston. The Red Sox, having an awful season, were down in the Bronx playing the last game of the year against the damned Yankees – … Continue reading

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How It’s Done

Maybe it’s stagecraft. Out here in Hollywood they make movies and television shows that open with a bang – some amazing action sequence or puzzle that acts as the hook – but that’s followed by narrative exposition and character background, … Continue reading

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The High Cost of Cool

For those of us who grew up in the Ozzie and Harriet fifties and came of age in the long-hair stop-the-war counterculture late sixties, there was always the matter of cool. James Dean was cool, and then Peter Gunn was … Continue reading

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