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The Bachelorette and Her Bachelors: A FB Discussion

I think I watched the first season of The Bachelor, which was practically 20 years ago. Never kept up with it. A couple weeks ago, someone Tweeted a link to Ali Barthwell’s re-caps of The Bachelorette on Vulture, and I … Continue reading

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Review: Don’t Think Twice (2016)

My review of Don’t Think Twice is up at I love Mike Birbiglia. I’ve seen his standup act and adore him. I love Sleepwalk With Me. His latest, Don’t Think Twice, is amazing. Making a film like this – … Continue reading

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Review: Quitters (2016)

I didn’t really care for this one. I attempted to express why in my review at

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Today In History: July 20, 1969

President Kennedy to the joint session of Congress on May 25 1961: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely … Continue reading

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It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, which used to be a regular feature. — I went to the beach on Saturday to escape the mugginess, the stickiness, and because I am bogged down with two deadlines, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Hunter S. Thompson: “Free Enterprise. The American Dream. Horatio Alger gone mad on drugs in Las Vegas. Do it now. Pure Gonzo journalism.”

Thompson on his favorite meal of the day: I like to eat breakfast alone, and almost never before noon; anybody with a terminally jangled lifestyle needs at least one psychic anchor every twenty-four hours, and mine is breakfast. In Hong … Continue reading

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Phantom Boy (2016)

Phantom Boy, the latest animated film from Oscar-nominated team Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol is really enjoyable. My review of Phantom Boy is now up at

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Survivor’s Remorse Season 3 Promo

If you didn’t know by now, the O’Malleys are a Showbiz Dynasty. I mean, it can’t be denied so you may as well accept it. Survivor’s Remorse, my cousin Mike’s show on the Starz network, is about to premiere Season … Continue reading

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The Storming of the Bastille: “Let conflagration rage; of whatsoever is combustible!”

July 14, 1789 Thomas Carlyle’s majestic intimidating The French Revolution (it took me 3 years, off and on, to complete; it’s so dense and almost hallucinatory, hard to take in large doses, but rewarding!) describes the Siege of the Bastille … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes

Thank goodness my writing process makes sense to me, at least.

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