“Nailed it!” I yelled as I exhaled and flopped back in my chair. My wife and I applauded wildly as we eyed Bassey smiling at the roaring crowd. As they say in sports, she left it all on the field.
As futurist and author Aldous Huxley prophesied, we are becoming a people enslaved, not by what we fear but by what we love – this cornucopia of media conveniences, digital gadgets and appliances. I am what I buy. Read More
Is there something in the cultural zeitgeist that birthed these Tide commercials? Legalized gay marriage, gay adoptions, jump in house husbands, or is it women as primary or equal wage earners in nuclear families? Read More
The Gay Stigma: A major reason film and television actors publicly deny, hide, or are evasive about their homosexuality is that coming out can and often does seriously hurt their careers. Should an actor come out if they don't have to, just to "take one for the movement"? Read More
in Rome I saw young Romans riding Vespas in the horrific traffic, steering with one hand and speed dialing with the other.Worse, one death-wisher steered with one hand, held his phone on his thigh while he texted. Read More
For a few seconds Biden and Ryan look like two actors auditioning for the VP role of in the latest Aaron Sorkin political drama; or maybe two high school kids called into the principal’s office, trying not to look nervous (well, maybe one kid and his father). Read More
Something else is distinctive about Aaron Sorkin's writing: the political right and left usually make intelligent arguments for their positions. In Sorkin's menagerie of opinionators, few are easy marks or straw men like Hannity or Glenn Beck.
Those on the right never leave. They stay and fight the liberals, the Socialists, the Progressives, the Obamas. They obstruct, they subvert, they start think tanks and make long range plans to take back the government, Read More
What I find most fascinating about the D.C. Correspondents' Annual Dinner event is how each year it is looking more and more like the Oscars. Hollywood and D.C. Filmmakers and politicians: Both love publicity, celebrity, and the power to influence. Read More
Angela Corey strode to the microphone and laid out the general details of the arrest and of the charge of homicide against George Zimmerman. The decompression in the media and the public was audible, except for those now outraged.
The audio engineer assumed the problem was at my end. So did I. I’m intropunitive, into self- blame, at least when it comes to media technology snafus. But ultimately, it wasn't really my fault. Read More
But, wait a minute! Maybe what I just wrote is simply pietistic, feel good, nice, nice bullshit? Maybe it just absolves our pop culture gods of their really bad choices, immersing themselves in really bad relationships and listening to really bad counsel. Read More
In the beginning there was the word. Apparently, the beginning has ended and audible, unadorned, intelligible words have become bastard children searching for a home in a storm of sound and fury, signifying...
People went running for their lives to the ports and docks to secure that vital passage. It was a scrambling, desperate, frightened chaotic escape. Fellow New Yorkers saw the need swelling and rose up to meet it.
Older people prefer haunted, more existentially pained monsters, like Frankenstein or the Wolf Man. Younger generations are more partial to mindless killing machines like "Nightmare on Elm Street's" Freddy Krueger.Talk about generation gaps and monster identification contrasts! Read More