Jun
3

Philip Seymour Hoffman: Not the End

The first time I saw Philip Seymour Hoffman was in Scent of A Woman. He played George Willis, Jr., a rich boy bent by parental and institutional authority to betray his own heart. The boy grew up to be an angel in Magnolia, a male nurse with hospice courage. That young man heard the music of the times in Almost Famous and came to understand the difference between being cool and telling the truth. As he aged, that truth seemed to grow darker, writ In Cold Blood, until even Lancaster Dodd, The Master himself, couldn’t find the way out.

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May
27

Where have all the heroes gone, Pete Seeger?

Pete Seeger turn, turn, turned to heaven on Monday, January 27, 2014. Can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t know a Pete Seeger song. If I Had A Hammer, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, We Shall Overcome…

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May
20

The Myth of Multitasking

Going through my backlog of magazines, I came across an article in the New Yorker, How Today’s Computers Weaken Our Brain, written by Tim Wu. He compares the way our brains work to the way our technologies work, and concludes…

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May
13

Socrates & Plato Tell A Love Story

I love movies. The best theater in town is The Newton 5, run by Old Robby Riskin. Sometimes I’ll walk up to the ticket window, look over the titles and showtimes, and pick a movie I know nothing about. I like being surprised. I like sitting down with no expectations: waiting with an open mind in the Chapel of Story.

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