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

my forte is not my “fortay”—it’s just my “fort”

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WE HEAR IT and we say it in­cor­rectly! We usu­ally hear “fortay” when people say “forte,” an al­most uni­ver­sally mis­pro­nounced word! I can’t say it’s a part of every­one’s daily vo­cab­u­lary, but if you read enough you’ll come across it reg­u­larly. I’m writing this be­cause it was used in a couple of movies that we watched re­cently. Un­for­tu­nately, while the word and its mis­pro­nun­ci­a­tion in both films stuck in my head, the ti­tles of the two movies did not. READ MORE

not your typical african grey parrot

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I MET THE GIRL OF MY DREAMS in the last month of the last year of the last cen­tury. I was 47 and Berni was, well, let’s say younger. People who know us now think we’re a per­fect match, a ‘nat­ural’ couple. But it wasn’t al­ways so—especially not in the be­gin­ning, when I was gaga over her but she was con­sid­er­ably less than gaga over me. READ MORE