what should we be doing with the norman lear library?

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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. READ MORE

somebody’s gotta take care of them

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MY FORMER BEST BUDDY has taken up a political-social-personal po­si­tion about three feet to the right of Pres­i­dent Trump. Whereas we used to talk al­most daily about music and movies and girls and what the hell re­ally hap­pened on 9/11, our re­la­tion­ship is now ba­si­cally him sending me an oc­ca­sional email that in­sults me in par­tic­ular or lib­erals in gen­eral. READ MORE

the poor questioner might infer that I was judging him

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WHEN  I WAKE IN THE MORNING, the first thing I do is make a mug of Cafe Bustelo coffee. I don’t wake up with my brain/mind func­tioning at 95 per­cent as I used to—more like 75 per­cent. As I sip my coffee, I warm up the ol’ ra­ti­o­ci­nator for the day’s writing by pe­rusing Quora and an­swering a few ques­tions. READ MORE

blaming God for the bad but not crediting Him for the good

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IT’S QUORA QUESTION TIME AGAIN. This time the ques­tion was about the Cre­ator: “Why do people tend to blame God for the bad but never give him credit for the good?” Even though my ex­pe­ri­ence with my fellow human be­ings who are be­lievers is the exact op­po­site of that, I couldn’t re­sist livening up Quora with an an­swer:

God drops by my house once a month to play Cinch with me and a couple of my neigh­bors from Penn­syl­vania. READ MORE

what turns you off about loaded questions about tom cruise?

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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). READ MORE

the newsstand’s “house hippie” heads for woodstock

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I WORKED ON THIS PIECE FOR A WEEK! I in­tended to pub­lish it on Au­gust 15, 2019, the first day of the 50th an­niver­sary of Wood­stock. But no matter what I wrote or how I wrote it, ei­ther I came out sounding far more con­ceited than I was in 1969 (ah, but I was so much older then) or the whole thing came out sounding like a sappy Hall­mark movie. READ MORE