Category Archives: Miscellania

Stuff I’ve Been Reading

– “I think she is a terrible driver + an ENORMOUS PIECE OF SHIT MOTHERFUCKING ASSHOLE. How fucking entitled do you have to be to behave like this? She should be arrested and have her license revoked, and if I … Continue reading

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For World AIDS Day

My dear dear friend Alexandra Billings. And then, as if swept by an unseen hand, it came closer and friends of mine began going into the hospital. Not one or two, but eight and ten. For all those who have … Continue reading

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading

– There’s a new Jonathan Swift biography which sounds excellent. I very much enjoyed reading this review. – Fantastic essay on Grantland about the insidious “Man up” culture we’ve got going on and how dangerous it is. Not to mention … Continue reading

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading

– Too many Lou Reed elegies to count. This one, on Gawker, I found particularly moving. It seems fitting that I just finished Just Kids, by Patti Smith (so good, I sobbed through the last three pages), with her evocative … Continue reading

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading

– I’ve seen this linked all over the place and finally got around to reading it: How the Freaky Octopus Can Help us Understand the Human Brain. I certainly don’t want to meet an octopus out in the wild but … Continue reading

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading

– I wanted to cheer reading Ron Rosenbaum’s cranky reaction to people who assume that Holden Caulfield IS J.D. Salinger. And, for the good of the planet, read the piece, not just the title. I’ve seen a lot of folks … Continue reading

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading

– Over my vacation I finished Hilary Mantel’s novel A Place of Greater Safety, which – wow, I can’t believe I’m saying this – I think I liked even more than Wolf Hall. A Place of Greater Safety is her … Continue reading

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“I don’t think many people have figured him out at all.” – Raul Ibanez on Mariano Rivera

Wonderful piece on legendary soon-to-retire pitcher Mariano Rivera, from the perspective of those who have faced him down. Great stories. I love Bill Mueller’s one comment (and boy do I remember that hit): Rivera has appeared in 96 postseason games, … Continue reading

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading

- I have been loving my friend Dennis’ dispatches from the TCM Classic Movie festival. I want to go to that one someday, maybe next year. Please read this post, about seeing Deliverance (and all the main players were there). … Continue reading

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As Elvis Said: “Girls! Girls! Girls!”

Last week came the results of a disheartening new study about the lack of female film critics. Look at those numbers. It’s an interesting problem, and not news to anyone who is paying attention to what is going on. It’s … Continue reading

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