Gary Corseri: When I saw his gray tombstone slab—about the size of a large cereal box!—with nothing but the capitals “HENRY” inscribed on it, I thought at first: Surely this writer-philosopher-naturalist-activist deserved better notice than this! And then I thought: This is fitting….
Ruby Dee, Dies at 91 of natural causes in her home in New Rochelle. The star of Hollywood and Broadway was equally famous for her activism
Walter Brasch: The escalation of the laugh track has become the producers’ way to manipulate the audience to believe every word is a gem, every sentence uttered is golden.
Larry Wines: When we see Supreme Court cases in religious swaddling clothes, a movie may appear trivial. It isn’t. Hollywood drives culture, beliefs and opinions disproportionately, just as TV megachuch pastors do.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: Art has added energy to advocacy — and it reaches people at deeper emotional levels, conveying what cannot be said with mere facts.
Arsenio Hall brought the “edge” to late night when a tarnished Presidential hopeful came on the show in June of 1992—wearing sunglasses .
Quantrills Raid: This bizarre moment should give pause to us all when we consider the small and the large of our own lives.
Love in Films: I sometimes think that in life we are meant to proceed by shrinking our egoism while broadening and intensifying our love.
Russian Valentine: Russian ladies enjoying courier-delivered roses will be members of online dating services with overseas “boyfriends.”
Few Women Behind the Camera — For the past five years, only about 30 percent of character actors on the big screen have been women.
Steve Mikulan: When Pete Seeger died Monday, he left behind a legacy of tolerance, optimism and an unbreakable faith in the common man.
Progressive Culture I envision would battle against our still dominant capitalist consumer culture.
Perfect Gift — Much better was the photograph of a Wisconsin barn from our children and their partners, framed in barn wood.