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Staying Aloft ... One Day At a Time
DECEMBER 26, 2013 3:32PM

Reader, I Married Him...

 As Elton John once sang so succinctly: “Someone saved my life tonight.”  Of course, I don’t think he was talking about a dog. But I must admit, my own personal savior had huge black liquid eyes, four paws and fur.
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     "It's not about overthinking things," the 50-year old actor and director Ralph Fiennes said Wednesday night during a tribute to his work at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall at the New York Film Festival. "It's about allowing the imagination to lead you. The imagination is the actRead full post »

AUGUST 28, 2012 12:55AM

Remembering the Man on The Moon

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It was a hot summer day and I was probably barefoot  -- running around the neighborhood or on our bikes with the other kids, dreaming about our lives amid the drama of the1960’s. We were young enough to remain unscathed by most of it.  Still, we learned to say thin
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invasion    Nearly nine years after George Bush unleashed that hellfire otherwise known as Shock and Awe on a slumbering Baghdad, the war is finally over. The American troops have all come home.
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    The Sleepwalkers2He grew up in the wilds of New Jersey – a world and a generation away from the horrors of World War II. But despite being ensconced in that comfortable cocoon, writer Paul Grossman found himself obsessed with that war and the holocaust that decimated Europe’s Jews.
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SEPTEMBER 26, 2011 12:17AM

My Parent's Secret Life: The Unknown

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        There were secret sorrows – terrors and slights that followed them from their days growing up in Newark, N.J.  and into the home they made for us in Suburbia.
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    The first movie I ever cried in was "Gone With the Wind."   I don't mean just small, lady like sniffles and tears wiped away surreptiously with a dainty handkerchief. I'm talking about full out sobbing.
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    “The Normal Heart,” which had its theatrical debut in 1985, was writer Larry Kramer’s detonation from the heart – a long anguished scream in the face of society’s indifference to the AIDS crisis.  
     
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Editor’s Pick
MAY 26, 2011 12:50AM

SAVED BY POP CULTURE: Waiting for Graceland

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     The soundtrack that played as my father lay dying of a particularly virulent form of lung cancer during the Thanksgiving week of 1988, was Paul Simon’s album Graceland.  We played it constantly  -- it was like a soft lullabye – the Africa… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MAY 10, 2011 12:48AM

Saved by Pop Culture: Flying With Erica Jong!

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      When I first read Erica Jong’s "Fear of Flying," I  was 22 and on a plane going from Athens to  Tel Aviv. The book had been published in 1973 – and when it found me, it was 1979 – and I was enroute to Is… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
APRIL 25, 2011 12:30AM

Saved By Pop Culture: The English Patient and Me

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      In 1997, I was going through hell – The man I was in love with was going to marry someone else and the job I loved had just disappeared.  "The English Patient," the film directed by Anthony Minghella – from the novel by Michael Ondaatje… Read full post »

APRIL 18, 2011 11:52PM

Waiting for the End of the World

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      I don't remember the Bay of Pigs, which happened about 50  years ago -- April 17 -- which was yesterday.  But I do remember the Cuban Missile Crisis -- the fear in my parents faces and in all the adults aroun… Read full post »

APRIL 11, 2011 11:42PM

C'est Belle, La Vie

    French filmmaker Francois Ozon’s new film,  Potiche, stars Catherine Scene From Francois Ozon's Deneuve as the quintessential bourgeois trophy wife in late 1970s France.   Deneuve plays the wife of  Robert Pujol, the grumpy head of an umbrella factory.  When the workers… Read full post »

MARCH 17, 2011 11:49PM

Remembering Our Best Friends

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Amid the horror and wreckage of the Japanese tsunami and earthquake that has killed thousands, there are other living beings that need our help.  I don't know how many -- but I'm sure there are thousands and thousands of animals that have been left homeless and abandoned in the wake of… Read full post »

JANUARY 24, 2011 2:45AM

Joan Crawford is Her Feminist Hero!

  An Ardent Fan Talks About the Actress She Loves

  By Annie Stone

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     She's the Star who has never disappointed her – the most unique actress of her generation  whose "intense, raw reservoir of emotion” has  not been surpassed by anyone… Read full post »

DECEMBER 17, 2010 8:39AM

FAREWELL, MR. KING

microphone      I  have to admit  it. I cried at the end of Larry King  Live last night.  In fact I cried through most of it.  No – I didn’t tune in every night – and there were years where I barely glanced in his direction. But It truly… Read full post »

DECEMBER 12, 2010 11:18AM

Embracing the Swan

220px-Swanlakedecor     ‘The Black Swan’, the critically acclaimed new film starring Natalie Portman,  is about so much more than ballet. To me, it was about the terror of transformation, of taking the next necessary step in one’s evolution and the inner monsters one m… Read full post »

OCTOBER 16, 2010 11:52AM

Frankly My Dear, I Didn't Give a Damn!

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OCTOBER 9, 2010 12:30AM

THE PICTURES GOT SMALLER!

Sunset-blvd-DVD      As Norma Desmond, the fading film actress who saw her star go dim over the Hollywood over which she once had reigned said in Billy Wilder's classic film Sunset Boulevard:  "We didn't need dialogue. We had faces!" 
      
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SEPTEMBER 26, 2010 10:02AM

AHEAD OF HER TIME

Ruth Gruber in 2007        She is tiny now, a bit frail – she is after all nearly 99 years old. But when Ruth Gruber, the famed photojournalist whose photos of Jews stranded on the Exodus in 1947 shocked the world – when she speaks, her voice is strong, clear and vibrant/Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 13, 2010 11:11PM

MASH, REDUX

Elliott Gould in Mash!  I t’s been forty years since Director Robert Altman brilliant anti-war film “Mash” burst upon the culture. Starring Elliott Gould, Donald Sutherland, Tom Skerritt and Sally Kellerman as Army doctors and nurses toiling to save lives on the Korean front -- the filmRead full post »