Best Thing I’ve Read Today

I absolutely love this Slate parody of the anonymous op-ed in the NY Times from a senior administration official at the White House. In this version, a member of a group that's in the middle of robbing a bank portrays himself as a hero for turning on the gang's leader...

Movie Review: “Peppermint”

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, there weren't many women kicking ass on television. There had been several of them on the big screen, from Pam Grier in "Foxy Brown" to Sigourney Weaver in "Aliens" to Michelle Yeoh in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" to Bridget...

It’s A Good Day When Goop Must Pay

Remember when I told you that Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop website was selling jade eggs that it said would serve as medicinal remedies when women inserted them in their vaginas? Of course, there was no scientific basis for those claims, so a bunch of prosecutors got...

Random Thoughts

My wife and I binge-watched the second season of "Ozark" this weekend. Jason Bateman and Julia Garner continue to be very good, Janet McTeer is perfect as the cartel's powerful attorney, but the season belongs to Laura Linney, who I once called the best actress of her...

Book Review: “Click Here To Kill Everybody”

If I were still doing radio shows, I would happily welcome Bruce Schneier back as a guest. He's a security expert who I first spoke with when he revealed the uselessness of the TSA's screening procedures at airports, which he labelled "security theater." Since then,...

Respect For Aretha

Aretha Franklin was once named the greatest singer ever by Rolling Stone magazine. Why then, at her funeral on Friday and the tribute concert in Detroit the night before, were other people singing songs she made famous? With the exception of "Think" (which she...

About That Louis CK Story

Several years ago, I was in New York and took my daughter to the Comedy Cellar, where we saw a half-dozen comics perform. They were all pretty good, but we weren't familiar with any of them except Judah Friedlander, who she knew from "30 Rock." We were also happily...

Worth A Link

I love this Kara Swisher piece about Trump's ludicrous attacks on Big Tech, and not just because it taught me a new word (codswallop!), but because of this: “Here’s the truest conundrum of the social media age: Those who complain loudest about being silenced never...

Picture Of The Day: Misty Lee

I had never heard of magician Misty Lee until my friend (and hers) Mark Evanier mentioned her a few times on his blog. Since then, I've watched some of her videos on YouTube, seen her perform on Penn & Teller's "Fool Us," and subscribed to her Unicorn Wednesday...

Those Bogus Facebook Requests

In March, as part of a piece about an ongoing problem I'd noticed on Facebook, I wrote: I know a middle-aged guy who is single, good-looking, and dates younger women. His Facebook friends list is littered with dozens of very attractive females. I was impressed that he...

Movie Recommendation: “Being George Clooney”

I'm adding "Being George Clooney" to my Movies You Might Not Know list. It's a documentary from 2016, directed by Paul Mariano, about the voice actors who dub George Clooney's parts in movies and television shows. When those productions are distributed around the...

Neil Simon

The Hebrew word "dayenu" means "it would have been enough." As an example of its use, consider this: If Neil Simon had only written "The Odd Couple" and "Barefoot In The Park," DAYENU. Or: If Neil Simon had only written "The Sunshine Boys" and "Plaza Suite," DAYENU....

Mr. Perspective on John McCain

There's a raft of praise coming from most corners for John McCain, who succumbed to brain cancer this weekend at 81. While there may be plenty of positives to cite about his life and career, here are a few items that liberals should remember before being too effusive...

The Ticket Upgrade Promotion

I've been involved in many great radio promotions over the years. One of the best was The Ticket Upgrade. In the early 1980s, when I was the morning man at WHCN/Hartford, we had a deal with promoters Jim Koplik and Shelly Finkel for the concerts they brought to the...