Tag Archives: Hollywood

The Persistence of Persistence

Here in Hollywood it’s good to know what’s what. In the eighties the Disney-ABC-ESPN folks bought the old El Capitan Theater on Hollywood Boulevard – a giant rococo flight of fancy from 1926 – and reopened it in 1991 with … Continue reading

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Straight Outta Hollywood

Hollywood seemed like a good idea at time. Why not live at the center of American pop culture? The center of everything serious and important in America may be Manhattan, but no one can afford to live there, and it’s … Continue reading

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The Two Hollywoods

Strange things happen out here in Hollywood. We’re used to that. Walk down Hollywood Boulevard – you’ll see – but Rory Carroll reports something even stranger, as it seems a secretive group of Hollywood conservatives suddenly dissolved: The Friends of … Continue reading

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The Breath of the Dragon

California seemed like a good idea at the time, 1981, and Manhattan Beach was cool, in its funky way, but it wasn’t a serious place. A few years later it was a condo in Culver City, not far from the … Continue reading

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The Hollywood Magnet

Some places are magnets – Manhattan, Paris, Hollywood – you’re going to end up there one day, somehow, and maybe you’ll stay, and maybe the move from upstate New York in 1981 was inevitable. The marriage had ended and the … Continue reading

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Peter Pan at War

There’s no need to discuss Ovid and Jung and the mythic archetype of the child-god who is forever young – or the old guy whose emotional life is that of an adolescent, who says it’s all about independence and freedom, … Continue reading

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Choosing the Proper Villain

Geography is everything. Where one lives determines how one thinks. Those who live in the Deep South can never forget the War of Northern Aggression that ruined their way of life, or they wonder about everyone around them who will … Continue reading

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