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The Books: Finders Keepers: Selected Prose 1971-2001: ‘Yeats as an Example?,’ by Seamus Heaney

On the essays shelf (yes, there are still more books to excerpt in my vast library. I can’t seem to stop this excerpts-from-my-library project. I started it in 2006!) NEXT BOOK: Seamus Heaney’s Finders Keepers: Selected Prose 1971-2001. The Irish … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Dean Stockwell

Those of you who have read me for a while will remember the Dean Stockwell Year. Today is his birthday. Dean Stockwell is still with us. I treasure his entire body of work. Here is a piece I wrote back … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, John Garfield

Now THAT is a movie star. One of my favorite actors, as well as an early inspiration to me because of his devotion to The Group Theatre and its ideals. “Julie” Garfield lived in my imagination long before I had … Continue reading

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“I’m Not Angry.” Really? You sure about that?

Another entry in one of my favorite song-genres: The Bad Sport Breakup Song.

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“I would commit suicide if I were in this position.”

A really charming and funny post, written by my pal Matt Zoller Seitz, on watching “Aliens” with a bunch of kids at his son’s slumber party. None of the kids had seen it before. The title of this post is … Continue reading

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Supernatural: Season 2, Episode 13: “Houses of the Holy”

Directed by Kim Manners Written by Sera Gamble Faces. It’s all about the Faces. You know Kim Manners studied and knew his Cassavetes. On the one hand, “Houses of the Holy” is a very bizarre episode, undeniably powerful and yet … Continue reading

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February 2015: Viewing Diary

Two Days, One Night (2014; Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne). My friend Dan referred to the movie as a “Sunday school lesson” and, you know, I can see his point. But I found it absolutely riveting, one of the best portraits … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy

While I was never a Trekkie, I watched Star Trek growing up in their endless re-runs and can barely separate out the television show from my actual real-life childhood. They are my memories. Star Trek was like The Brady Bunch … Continue reading

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The Widowmaker (2015)

I reviewed the new documentary The Widowmaker, about heart disease and the battle over prevention vs. intervention in the cardiology community, for It’s a fascinating story. My review of The Widowmaker is here.

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Happy Birthday, Johnny Cash

Here he is on Tex Ritter’s Ranch Party, 1956 or so. Great guitar solo, too. Tennessee Ernie Ford and Johnny Cash together. “Sing it pretty, Ern.” This particular kind of ease and grace and humor no longer exists (at least … Continue reading

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