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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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The Tragedy of Mr. Rogers

 

It isn’t telling you anything you don’t already know to say that hatred and anger are the master emotions in our public life today. Even when the media lavishes love and praise and admiration on somebody, as they have on the late Senator John McCain, the subtext of their effusiveness is often one of hatred […]

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Time to Unshackle the Entertainment Industry?

 

The U.S. Department of Justice is currently in the midst of examining the hundreds of antitrust consent decrees in effect in the country, which are essentially government agreements with industries that allow them to have concentrated market share in exchange for following specific strict guidelines concerning pricing, product, and business practices. Perhaps the most significant […]

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Play Fast, Win a Big Pot

 

One thing that took me a few years to learn, as I transitioned from primarily limit Texas Hold’em to primarily no-limit Texas Hold’em a decade ago, was that playing a big hand fast on the flop tended to yield a bigger pot most of the time. By big hand, I mean straights, sets, perhaps even […]

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The Hollywood Compliance Decree

 

Movies used to be inspiring for boys and romantic for girls, often both in the same film. The vast number of them had a stalwart male hero and a smart, beautiful woman to be won or saved. This simple formula powered most of the screen art for more than a hundred years, well into the […]

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Elba, Idris Elba

 

It’s time to have an urbane James Bond who loves his clandestine work — once again. The Bond brand suffered under Daniel Craig, who has made no secret of his desire to abandon that role. Reflecting the primacy of global grunge and glorification of the ordinary, Craig came across as a surly, hired hand who […]

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