Tag Archives: Obama Too Cool

The Limits of Cool

Barack Obama will be gone soon. No one now gets more than two terms, and there is life after the presidency. Jimmy Carter hooked up with Habitat for Humanity. Bill Clinton has his foundation. The first George Bush simply enjoyed … 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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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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Zen and the Art of Politics

If you listen to Sean Hannity every night on Fox News – not recommended actually – you will learn that President Obama is the most hated American president ever – and he’s so hated no one will vote for him, … Continue reading

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Great Sorrow and Great Joy

Everyone gets introduced to real death – not the stuff in movies and on television, or in videogames – idiosyncratically. And that’s probably best. Some things need to be understood personally or they’re not understood at all. Back in the … Continue reading

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