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An Ode to E.B. White and a Very Special Teacher

I post this every year at the beginning of the school year, in honor of all the teachers out there – the teachers I know, and the teachers I’ve had. Here is my favorite teacher-story of all. You make a … Continue reading

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June 2016 Viewing Diary

Homeland Season 3, Episode 4 “Game On” (2013; d. David Nutter) Hey, Nutter, what’s up? Thanks for the Supernatural pilot. Going on 12 seasons now, you set it up real good. I have now watched up until Season 5 of … Continue reading

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading

I’ve been on the move. Out in LA for 6 days, staying first with Alex and Chrisanne, and then checking into the Hotel California with my mother and two sisters. There was no pink champagne on ice, and we were … Continue reading

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July & Half of August: Screening at Videology

Last Friday, we had a screening of July & Half of August at Videology in Williamsburg (Brooklyn). It’s a wonderful space with a bar in the front, a screening room in the back. You can have a party in the … Continue reading

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“The first time I saw Sidney [Poitier] was in A Warm December, the movie I affectionately refer to as ‘Put Your Damn Shirt Back On, Sidney!'”

If you’re not aware of the ongoing series “Black Man Talk,” between two of my pals, Odie Henderson and Steven Boone, then consider yourself informed. And run, don’t walk, to read the archive. These two powerhouse-intellects and writers don’t pair … Continue reading

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Swann’s Way: The Best Love Letter I Ever Got

I found a note today in an old folder. It’s a scrap of note-paper torn out of a notebook. It was passed to me in class. Not grade school or high school or college. But grad school. Passing notes in … Continue reading

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In Memory of Roger Ebert: His Review of Kwik Stop (2001)

(Roger Ebert died on this day in 2013.) One of the early series the writers at Rogerebert.com participated in was something called “My Favorite Roger.” Each writer wrote an essay describing their favorite Roger review and why. I thought long … Continue reading

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Chicago Snapshots

— Not once getting out of my pajamas for an entire day. Mitchell and I lolled about all day, watching TCM, and having an hours-long conversation (taped by yours truly) which will eventually be (once I transcribe) the next installment … Continue reading

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The Paper Machete at The Green Mill

Mitchell and I went to a variety show (or a “Live Magazine”) called The Paper Machete, which started out small and then blossomed into a THING, with a devoted crowd who show up every week. The organizer puts this thing … Continue reading

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Things We’ve Watched and Discussed, Part 2

Miley Cyrus and Melanie Safka singing “Look What They’ve Done To My Song.” Now, of course (and if you’re not aware that it’s “of course,” then now you know), Miley had already covered this song by herself in her great … Continue reading

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