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Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (2016)

A movie like Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong shows just how difficult it really is to pull off something like The Clock, or Dogfight, or the Before trilogy by Richard Linklater. Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong wants to be like … Continue reading

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Things We’ve Watched and Discussed

We both love her so much. Our discussion about Roberta Flack involved: the Don McLean connection, of course, and how moving we found it. “I prayed that he would finish … but he just kept right on …” How piercing … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Story #2: The Spitball Valentine

In the 6th grade, I was passionately in love with a boy named Andrew Wright. My love for him had begun to blossom tentatively in the fifth grade, but the sensation that exploded in sixth grade was real love, no … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Story #1: An Eyeball and a Dozen Roses

I was living in Chicago, having a grand old time. There were a couple of men buzzing around me. One of them (sweet, nice, a guy I had seen perform numerous times – he was HILARIOUS, his most important quality) … Continue reading

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Chicago Memory: That Night I Became a Member of a Monarchy That No Longer Exists

I’m in Chicago now, staying with my friend Mitchell. We’ve been friends since college. Then we were roommates in Chicago, and the adventures we had are legion. Here, we had come home from some night out. We were not drunk, … Continue reading

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February 9, 1964: The Beatles’ 1st Appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show

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“If it was raining soup, the Irish would go out with forks.” – Happy Birthday, Brendan Behan

“Shakespeare said pretty well everything and what he left out, James Joyce, with a judge from meself, put in.” – Brendan Behan Brendan Behan, Irish playwright, IRA man, criminal, was born on this day, in Dublin, in 1923. He led … Continue reading

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Hail, Caesar! (2016); d. The Coen Brothers

That’s the official poster. Boring. I like this one much better. In comparison to Inside Llewyn Davis, Hail, Caesar! has an outlook on humanity that is damn near sunny. Inside Llewyn Davis’ was a well-observed portrayal of the coffee-house folk-music … Continue reading

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Rebel Without a Cause (1955); d. Nicholas Ray

For James Dean’s birthday: An essay I wrote about Rebel Without a Cause, when the new restoration was released theatrically in 2013. I first saw Rebel Without a Cause when I was the general age of the main characters in … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop is one of my favorite poets, and she actually didn’t write all that many poems throughout her life (compared to other poets who lived as long as she did). She was meticulous, picking and choosing every word she … Continue reading

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