Tag Archives: Bill Maher

The Persistence of Buffoonery

A good friend – a high-powered attorney who is the leading expert on some rather arcane details of securities law, who spends his time shuttling between Wall Street, where the players are, and Washington, where the regulators are (and the … Continue reading

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Considering the End of the World

There’s something nicely apocalyptic about Hollywood. There’s that last scene in the Nathanael West novel Day of the Locust – that’s where it all burns to the ground, all of Hollywood, and then all of Los Angeles, as the hapless and emblematic … Continue reading

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Expecting Robespierre Any Minute Now

It’s always fun to tweak the News Guy in Atlanta. He was part of the original team Ted Turner assembled to create CNN back in 1980 – pretty impressive – but he was also there when these guys came up … Continue reading

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The Strange Straight Up

Call it the Andy Warhol Syndrome – or the Gene Kelly, Oscar Levant and David O. Selznick Syndrome, or the Henry Mancini or Ahmad Jamal Syndrome. When you grow up in Pittsburgh you want to get out. Those guys did. … Continue reading

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Showing Up On Sunday

Some Sundays are unsatisfactory because no one shows up. Sunday, September 19, the New England Patriots didn’t show up, and that collection of goofy oddballs, the New York Jets, won the game easily – a sort of practice scrimmage against … Continue reading

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Regarding National Character

We all know what most Americans think of the French – those cheese-eating surrender monkeys (we had to go over there and save their sorry butts, twice) – but when confronted by a suave and calm and elegantly controlled Frenchman, … Continue reading

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The Ethics of Discrimination

As anyone who has studied a foreign language will tell you – or anyone who just spends a few weeks kicking around solo in Paris each year in the middle of winter, with only a hazy memory of high school … Continue reading

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