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Recommended Books: Non-Fiction

I have been meaning to do a Part 2 to my Recommended Books: Fiction list – put together years ago. I wanted to recommend non-fiction, from history books to biographies to essays to whatever. Here is the Non-Fiction list. I’ve … Continue reading

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God’s Lonely Man: Taxi Driver Restored

Loneliness has followed me my whole life. Everywhere. In bars, in cars, sidewalks, stores, everywhere. There’s no escape. I’m God’s lonely man… In honor of Taxi Driver‘s 35th anniversary, a stunning new 35mm restoration is now making the arthouse rounds, … Continue reading

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Jeremy Renner: The Sociopath/The Hero

My new piece on Jeremy Renner just went up at Fandor. Go check it out! An actor with a big range, although it may not be apparent yet in the roles he’s getting. He can go antisocial, he can go … Continue reading

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The Shark-Infested Custard, by Charles Willeford

Jump suits, as leisure wear, have been around for several years, but it’s only been the last couple of years that men have worn them on the street, or away from home or the beach. There’s a reason. They are … Continue reading

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Psychopaths and morality: Jeremy Renner and Sissy Spacek

Fascinating article called Psychopaths and Rational Morality: The Frontal Cortex, with an even better conversation going on in the comments. Go read the whole thing, it’s very interesting. It is one of my obsessions: psychopaths, antisocial personalities, whatever name you … Continue reading

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Dahmer (2002); Dir: David Jacobson

Shot in only 23 days, David Jacobson’s Dahmer (he wrote and directed it) caused a lot of flak when it came out. Dahmer was shown as a human being, as opposed to a villain from a comic book. Because that’s … Continue reading

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Snapshots

— I got sucked into The Adventures of Mark Twain almost against my will. It has a ham-hocked script that rushes through the events of Twain’s life (his wife, “You are an eternal boy … why don’t you write about … Continue reading

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Sissy Spacek in Badlands: An Analysis

Roger Ebert writes in his review of Terrence Malick’s great film Badlands: She claimed she was kidnapped and forced to go along with Starkweather. When they first were captured, he asked the deputies to leave her alone: “She didn’t do … Continue reading

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Charles Manson Is In the Chimney.

Here is a Halloween story. I have told it before, but it’s too good to not tell again. A Halloween story set in the roller-coaster landscape of San Francisco, where I lived for a brief 2 months. This was right … Continue reading

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Trolls Revealed

A masterpiece of an article in this week’s upcoming NY Times Magazine about trolls on the Internet. Bravo, Mr. Schwartz. I’ll read anything you write now. I don’t want to go into why I think it’s so damn brilliant … … Continue reading

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