Before Kurt Vonnegut signed my copy of Bluebeard, he asked me two questions: What’s your name? and Whadda ya do? Which is pretty unremarkable, even coming from Kurt Vonnegut. It’s just another way of asking anyone, Who are you? Today, however, when someone wants to know who you are, he, she, or AI may very … Continue reading My Almost Jewish Me
From the Kurt Vonnegut Museum, Indianapolis, IndianaSo I spent the past two months wondering, "What if I do have leukemia, or non-Hodgkins lymphoma—or bone cancer?" Tests, tests, tests. These finals were threatening to be the final, if you know what I mean.And yet, thoroughly phlebotomized, I was finally given the All Clear. I was fine—no cancer. Just … Continue reading And So It Goes
UPDATE (12/01/15): Sylvester Stallone has won Best Supporting Actor from the National Board of Review. This is very happy making. UPDATE 2 (12/03/15): Carl Weathers, the original Creed, talks about how insulting Stallone may have gotten him the gig in Rocky One. Early on in Creed, a young Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) … Continue reading A Strange Review: Creed
Perhaps not. But it's up there: a former slave's reply to his former master's request that he come back and work his farm. The response is priceless, and demonstrates both a subtle and lacerating wit that would have made a Twain or a Wilde grin ear to ear, and an innate intelligence that finally found its expression. … Continue reading The Greatest Letter Ever Written?
So the studio has put out a a five-minute preview of Creed, something more telling than is typical in a mere trailer, perhaps in honor of Philly's having actually named a day for Creed: Director Ryan Coogler along with Stallone and his new co-stars Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson were on hand in Philly for the proclamation of Creed Day on November 25th, which … Continue reading That Time I Worked for Rambo
So Jillian worked with me at Commentary, as part of the online team. You can't be exposed to Jillian's whirlwind energy for long without being caught up in it. In what seems now like a really short period of time, she has gone from toiling as an online editorial assistant to smoking cigars with Christopher Hitchens … Continue reading Jillian Melchior, Superstar
https://youtu.be/QajyNRnyPMs Only thing missing is Bogie or Coop walking in, guns drawn. H/T: my wife