Author Archives: sheila

Happy Birthday, F. Scott Fitzgerald

So you see that old libel that we were cynics and skeptics was nonsense from the beginning. On the contrary we were the great believers. — F. Scott Fitzgerald, “My Generation” Fitzgerald was one of those writers I liked right … Continue reading

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Audrie & Daisy (2016)

A very unnerving and upsetting Netflix documentary about sexual assault in high school, bullying, social media. My review of Audrie & Daisy is now up at

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R.I.P. Curtis Hanson

8 Mile took over my life for a time. I saw it on its opening day. I returned 3 or maybe 4 more times. I was a Slim Shady fan from the beginning and had felt apprehensive about the film, … Continue reading

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Southwest of Salem (2016)

I saw red watching the documentary Southwest of Salem, about the “San Antonio Four”, four lesbians accused of gang-raping two children in 1994. They all got lengthy prison sentences, even though there was zero evidence of a crime, and even … Continue reading

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How It Went Down, Or: As I Remember It: Two Separate Things Became One Thing.

Preamble I was diagnosed bipolar in February of 2013, after months of first being in a manic state, before moving into a period of rapid cycling. I had no sense of how dangerous it was because I have lived this … Continue reading

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Film Comment: Dean Stockwell “Sweet Agony”

Pretty happy with the layout of the “Dean Stockwell spread”. The Film Comment folks did an incredible job, and the screen-grabs they found are eloquent, illustrating the many scenes I mentioned in the essay. Still catching up with the rest … Continue reading

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The 2996 Project: In Memory of Michael J. Pascuma, Jr.

The 2,996 project is an ongoing collective tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. I signed up during its first year (in 2006). You were assigned a name, at random, of one of the people … Continue reading

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The Two Days That Came Before

September 9 I rushed to meet my sister Siobhan for a drink. We were convening at Astor Bar, one of our favorite places in the city. It was in a central location, it was close to Siobhan’s job and it … Continue reading

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Review: Kicks (2016): Really special. Go see it.

There have been so many incredible first features this year. Kicks is another one. Highly recommend it. My review of Kicks is now up at

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Review: The Wild Life (2016)

The Robinson Crusoe story told by the animals on the island. It’s all right. My review of The Wild Life is now up at

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