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Bright Students, Meet the Cynics

Like most people, fabulous wealth undoes me. I sat in the oak paneled, west coast waiting room of Senator Helen Mitarksy and marveled at the 16 foot ceilings.   The room was crowned with a massive interior cornice, studded with marble dentils, and a great glass eye in the center of the ceiling allowed a..

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The Trials of Influenza

..In which I recount divers signs and encounters with this year’s plague.. This being the order the divers signs and encounters were received… Denial.  “I don’t really believe this. I am not getting sick;  no, this is nothing.” Semi-Denial.  “Seriously.  This is really not happening.  It’s  just like – dust.  Or something.” Snot. More and..

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Calling All Goons

Big Government Republicans I always thought of my father as a reasonably successful businessman, but he characterized himself, and those of us in the small business world, as “goons.” I remember this term feeling slightly at odds with the life he had built for us:  he employed all of his children in the family business..

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Reviews: Drinking Buddies, Thanks for Sharing

Drinking Buddies (2013) Kate (Olivia Wild) is what you might call the hospitality girl for a brand new Chicago brewery.  She introduces the brew to bar and restaurant owners, and she’s the prettiest, and only, girl in the small company’s employ.  She dates music producer Chris (Ron Livingston, Band of Brothers), and this relationship appears..

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Review: Frances Ha (2012)

The Undateable We don’t come by honesty naturally.  If we aren’t born liars, we learn exactly what people want to hear very early on, and we spend much of our lives floating partial truth trial balloons.  If our friends and loved ones shoot those down, we go back to managing our fictional version of self…

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Reviews: Angel, Eden, Red Corner

Something is wrong with me.  I liked all of these films. Mini-Reviews: Angels’ Share • Red Corner • Eden Angels’ Share (2012) It bothers me that Netflix doesn’t have a “UK Tall Tales from the  Pub” category.  You know:  Waking Ned Devine, Brassed Off, The Stone of Destiny.  I just love this stuff — Jolly old..

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