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There’s Something About Mary — An Immodest Proposal for “Downton Abbey” 

Just for fun, I’m going to do a number on Downton Abbey. Devoted fans may see no reason for tampering with that fabulously popular tour de force of an ensemble…

“Where Do We Go From Here?” — Thoughts on Diaries, George Kennan, and the Demise of a Building 

Whenever I see the snow-covered ruins of the former medical center I’m reminded of the euphoria of the day I became a father and of the trauma of enduring an…

In the Month of Jazz and Black History — Clark Terry and Malcolm X

Clark Terry (1920-2015), whose horn could charm the birds off the trees, was adept at translating the lyric of a song into what he called the language of jazz, “how…

Reading Lincoln  — “In the Great Journal of Things Happening Under the Sun”

In Ulysses, Stephen Dedalus calls history “a shout in the street.” Too bad the classroom windows were closed as I sleepwalked through high school, no shouts, no streets, only a…

Men of Great Spirit and Fine Feeling: Mr. Ciccolini, Mr. Turner, Mr. Lennon, and Mr. McCartney

Have you heard the word is love — Lennon/McCartney, “The Word” With Valentine’s Day almost upon us, and the Oscars not far behind, I’ve been thinking about love scenes in film,…

Rolling Down the Road With Bob Dylan: “Shadows in the Night” and “The Basement Tapes Raw” 

Listeners can journey back and forth between Dylan at 73 and Dylan at 25, in Shadows in the Night (Columbia), the new album being released this week, and The Basement…

Thoughts On Martin Luther King In Shirtsleeves and an Unforgettable Film

This being a week after the national holiday devoted to the man who gave his heart, soul, and life to the cause of racial justice, I’ve been reading The Autobiography…

 “There Is No Limit to Paris” — Revisiting the City of Hugo, Baudelaire, Walter Benjamin, and Daumier

“Paris is always showing its teeth; when it is not scolding it is laughing.” – Victor Hugo Read in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on a satirical journal in…

Cheering New Work from Paul Muldoon in the Wake of Charlie Hebdo

Even if you work for a small, essentially well-meaning weekly, you don’t have to wear a Je Suis Charlie pin to connect with the fellow journalists who died in last…

New Year’s Hopes and Thoughts on Salinger and Cinema, Luise Rainer and the “Other Man”

On the last afternoon of 2014 I drove to Doylestown, our sister city in cinema now that the Garden and the County share the same management. As we crossed the…