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‘Ishmael’ Consumed (bad choice of words)

On the advice of a good friend, I read the book “Ishmael” by Daniel Quinn. And like, I should suspect, most people who read that book, it settled me into a rare sense of calm, humbleness, anger and contemplation. For those who don’t know, “Ishmael” is a fictional philosophy book about a nameless American man…

“Glass Onion” Watched, Enjoyed

Thoughts: 1. Ego. I must have a lot of it. Either that or mystery writers think alike. Either way, I couldn’t help but notice that this story — the second in the ‘Knives Out’ series — shares a lot with the second installment of my Psychic Barber Mystery series. a. The main detective starts out…

Why Bands Breakup

I’m sitting in my backyard, blasting the Damned’s “Music For Pleasure” at full iPhone-speakers volume (you’re welcome, neighbors), considering their legacy in punk music and music in general. The songs are all a lot of loud fun, with even more grit than their already-pretty-gritty debut album. It all sounds exactly like an English punk band…

Random Thoughts on “The Godfather, Part 2”

Yes, we’re back to this. Again and again, I keep examining these movies. What can I say that hasn’t already been said? Well, I’ll try to surprise you. Mostly because these are almost entirely nitpicks and complaints. Anyway…  1. Cazale Got Stepped Ova! No disrespect to DiNiro for winning Supporting Actor, but with hindsight it…

“Pistol” Series Watched, Mostly Enjoyed

On a total whim — or as “total whim” as it can be for something that is almost perfectly designed to entice my eyeballs — I watched “Pistol,” the mini-series about the Sex Pistols, directed by Danny Boyle. Here are some random thoughts about that experience, shall we, won’t you, we shall. 1. Excellent Opening.…

Darth Vader’s Phone Chair

Last week was a serious low-point for the United States, humanity and the world. We’ve had some terrible mass shootings (not that mass shootings are ever NOT terrible, but these seemed particularly bad; partly because of the victims involved, partly because they came in such close succession, and partly because the politicians have behaved even…

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