Tag Archives: No Drama Obama

The Allure of the Irrational

Is it possible for a politician to go too far? There’s that 1971 Woody Allen movie Bananas – the Latin-American dictator goes mad and decrees that all citizens must now wear their underwear on the outside, among other things. He’s … Continue reading

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The Other Thing

Back in the late seventies, when Saturday Night Live was actually hip and funny, they had Roseanne Roseannadanna – the scattered and rude reporter played by Gilda Radner. Her “Weekend Update” co-anchor Jane Curtin would stare in amazement as this … Continue reading

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Cool Does Win

Being cool was always cool. Hemingway was cool until he became a parody of himself. He defined courage as grace under pressure, and that’s the essence of cool, and more than anything Americans want to be cool. Say little and … Continue reading

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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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Nothing Doing

The Vietnam War was raging and escalating rapidly and the war protests were beginning – the college kids, and then the clergy, and then “normal” people were taking to the streets – and in August, 1965, there were the Watts … Continue reading

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Unease in the Absence of Drama

There’s a rule out here in Hollywood – ignore them. They’ll appreciate it and you won’t come off as a jerk, as some yokel from Iowa who just saw a movie star and wet his pants. Locals know this. Nod … Continue reading

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The Anger of the Easily Excitable

They say opposites attract, and thus, in spite of all the anger from her fans, that Rowling woman was right to end the Harry Potter books the way she did. Harry Potter was never supposed to marry Hermione Grainger. Hermione … Continue reading

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