THE PROBLEM OF SPIELBERG’S MUSIC

  With. The problem with Spielberg’s music. Because, to be perfectly frank, the problem of Spielberg’s music is Spielberg’s pitchers. Four-hundred-sixteen and counting — nearly all of them box-office successes, several dozens of them outright blockbuster smashes — and not one of them remotely good. Not the War Pitcher, not the Dinosaur Pitcher, not the Spy Pitcher, not […]

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HONEY, WHAT YOU’RE FEELING

One pair of words — if there are others I’m drawing a complete blank — touches off instant debate, sometimes quite rousing, over how to parse them with absolute precision. Oddly they’re close to synonymous, in many situations interchangeable. Odder still, nobody seems to disagree about the ways in which, specifically and minutely, these two […]

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A GOOD LAUGH IS THE BEST PESTICIDE

“… An illusion, a shadow, a fiction … ” — Calderón You may, like the dreamy Segismundo, feel trapped in some childish fantasy of unaccountable, solipsistic resolve. Not around the clock, not generally speaking, but predictably somewhere between the witching- and the wee-hours, and specifically when exhorting yourself to “make a mental note.” The phrase resembles a toddler’s […]

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ROCK-BOTTOM

Wellness — three winces. Mindfulness — seven cringes. Awareness — thirty-four sputtering retches. The first because it’s so damned sparkly, so fresh-faced. Smells too nice. It’s not for people — it’s for depilated supermodels on the Pro Yoga Tour. The second, rather worse, proposes a thinking process that bypasses the process of thinking, substituting in […]

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CRANK IN THE BUS QUEUE

“A creature that is bored elaborates distinctions and hierarchies.” “I’m offended by things and take pathetic little stands against them,” joked a contemporary playwright, interviewed on the topic of what pisses him off, sends his hackles aflutter. “I’m the crank in the bus queue.”1 The implication of which, not just for him but for any of […]

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