Of Memos and Pitchforks

James Damore had to be fired. There was no way around it. He spoke out, eloquently, against orthodoxy and if history is any guide, he’ll […]

To Hell in a Handmaid’s Basket

Unlike Norm Macdonald, I enjoyed Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” But then again, I’m a sucker for dystopian stories. From Animal Farm, 1984, Fahrenheit 451 and […]

Hollywood’s Dialogue Problem

I’ve worked in Hollywood for over 20 years and have always been skeptical when some of my more conservative friends have charged that the Hollywood […]

Harry Potter and the Danger of Words

“Avada Kedavra!” —Voldemort It must have been J. K. Rowling. That’s the only explanation that makes sense. Rowling, with her Harry Potter series, somehow convinced […]

The Denunciation Racket

Maybe it’s my background as a Soviet-era Jewish Russian emigre, but I’ve always found calls from politicians to denounce someone or something unsettling. From the […]

The “Rage” of the Poets

Prepare to have your life disrupted. Free verse may be in short supply for awhile. Sunday is the day that poet Alan Kaufman has called for […]

Meryl’s Bad Memory

“I am a righteous bitch, aren’t I?” –Meryl Streep as Kate Mundy in “Dancing at Lughnasa” Meryl Streep on Sunday brought all her righteousness to […]

Obama Limps into History

Most non-Millennials know the history. Facing a sure defeat at the hands of Napoleon in 1812, the Russians retreated. As they retreated, they burned crops, […]

Fake News and the Crisis of Truth

“Fake news” is all the rage these days. Sky-is-falling news reports and politicians would have us believe it is an urgent problem that demands immediate […]

‘What am I Gonna Tell My Kids?’

Apparently, the children of Hillary Clinton voters are despondent at the outcome of Tuesday’s election. Or maybe their parents are projecting. Either way, very serious people […]