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The Hero Business

Andy Warhol had it wrong when he idly lisped that, in the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes – everyone, without exception, will have his or her fifteen minutes of fame. Maybe it was joke. The enthusiastic response … Continue reading

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The Lost Art of Loyal Opposition

Americans grunt and snarl, but the Brits have a way with words. That’s not just Shakespeare and Dickens. In the early nineteen century, the grumpy party out of power at the time decided they were tired of being called losers … Continue reading

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The Words We Use and Now Don’t Use

Man is the language animal – we alone have words, words that remove us from the immediate now, so we can talk with each other about the past and what we now think really happened, and about the future and … Continue reading

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He’s Dead, Jim

In the late sixties, and since then in endless syndication, we learned that things are pretty simple. In episode after episode of that original Star Trek show, the ship’s medical officer, McCoy, would turn to Captain James T. Kirk and … Continue reading

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Hard Times for the Merchants of Perpetual Outrage

Yes, things have been a bit thin here – not yet back to a daily column yet – but maybe that’s a good thing. It’s sometimes good to step back, even if involuntarily – and of course no one could … Continue reading

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It Was About Money

Early April 2005 – away from Hollywood – kicking around Manhattan – and that’s a different world. The big-gun attorney had to work, so the bulk of each day was wandering about in ever-widening circles from his office, high above … 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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