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Baby It’s Crazy Outside

 

As Cole Porter slyly reminds us: “In olden days a glimpse of stocking/Was looked on as something shocking/Now heaven knows/Anything goes…” Well, you know: depending on the state of Puritan politics at a given moment. The Puritan habit of scolding, and gazing sourly, on others for Improper Behavior is a human constant. And not just […]

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Reboots & Remakes Ruin Hollywood

 

We’ve seen this movie before. In fact, we’ve seen all ten of them in some form. The top-ten, box-office blockbusters of 2018 consist entirely of remakes, sequels, and films based on old comic book characters. Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Incredibles 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Deadpool 2, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, Mission Impossible—Fallout, Antman […]

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A Just-So Story: How This Brooklyn Rabbi Got Into Country Music

 

In my last article I wrote on the need for climate change and diversity on American college and university campuses to counter and offset the truly “McCarthyite” suppression of ideas and opinions that now poison the contemporary American college and university experience. Inter alia, I also discussed some of my interest in country music. And, yes, no list can be complete […]

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Stan Lee and The Triumph of Imagination

 

Stan Lee died this past week. If you don’t know his name, surely you know his works. Stan was the co-creator of Marvel Comics, where he served as head writer, editor, editor-in-chief, art director, publisher and eventually chairman emeritus. And it was there in the 1960s that Stan launched what one chronicler called “the most […]

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Poker Provides Unique Backing Opportunities

 

One of the cooler aspects of live poker is the chance to sit with celebrities, as people from all walks of life enjoy the hobby, and as long as you’ve got the money you can play in the same games. Over the years, I’ve played with an eclectic mix, from one of the OG UFC […]

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Buehler, Buehler

 

In the Fall of 1973, I was fortunate enough to work as a speechwriter for Richard M. Nixon, the Peacekeeper, at the White House. My father, Herbert Stein, worked there in a far more exalted position as Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers (sic). In those Halcyon days, William L. Safire, one of the […]

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Uncle Samuel Needs You

 

You thought you were casually reading a film review and here I am giving you an assignment. Take 12 dollars (or the price of movies in your area) per family member and run to see The Samuel Project. It was released in New York and Washington September 28, and will reach 40 cities by October […]

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Everybody Loves Racism

 

My teenage son had a date Sunday, but the girl lives more than an hour away and my son doesn’t yet have his driver’s license, so I was recruited as the parental accomplice in this romantic mission. We met up with the girl and her parents at a shopping mall, and then I had to […]

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Charles Aznavour, Major French Poet

 

Charles Aznavour gave his all to French literature, and it was a good thing he lived to a great old age, because his gifts were good ones, they will last. The world famous singer, who died a couple days ago at 94, wrote his own songs. They were about everything — everything he felt. You […]

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About Another Nick Hornby Boy

 

In the annals of movie titling, Juliet, Naked must deserve a special place, since there is no one in it who is named Juliet and no one in it who is naked, though we do get a glimpse of Ethan Hawke’s underpants, if that doesn’t add insult to injury. Juliet is the title of the one album made long […]

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