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what should we be doing with the norman lear library?

NORMAN LEAR IS BACK ON TOP! It started on May 22, 2019, when ABC tele­vi­sion broad­cast “Live In Front Of A Studio Au­di­ence: Norman Lear’s All In The Family And The Jef­fer­sons.” The show con­sisted of live “recre­ations” of two episodes from the orig­inal “All In The Family” and “The Jef­fer­sons” from the 1970s. [Continue reading]

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what turns you off about loaded questions about tom cruise?

IF I GAVE A DAMN about the per­sonal lives of ac­tors and artists—if I let the things they say and do keep me from their accomplishments—I might not have any books to read, any records to hear, any movies to see. Thank­fully, Wholly Grom­mett in His Fi­nite Wisdom did not create me that way: I don’t give a damn about the per­sonal lives of these people (un­less, of course, they’re mon­sters of some sort). [Continue reading]

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on the “rich lifestyles” of music artists and movie stars

TODAY’S QUESTION ON QUORA that caught my at­ten­tion was, “How do music artists have such rich lifestyles if every­body pi­rates their music?” Since I had just fin­ished my mon­ster mug of Cafe Bustelo—and I tried honey in­stead of my usual light brown sugar as a sweet­ener, which I won’t be doing again—I thought I’d give it a go. [Continue reading]

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the cost of going to the movies back then and right now

A WHILE AGO, I re­sponded to a post on my Face­book thread about going the movies these days, in­cluding the price of tickets and con­ces­sions, ex­ces­sive sound sys­tems, rude viewers, etc. I am now a se­nior, so the price of tickets seem too high, and I haven’t shelled out a cent for ob­scenely over­priced candy, pop­corn, and soft-drinks in decades! [Continue reading]