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Life Is Too Short

After discovering I had reached the maximum number of permissible “friends” on Facebook, I’ve recently begun purging some. Here are some of the criteria for those decisions.

Ten Best Movie Dances Ever

Need something to watch? Here are the ten best dance sequences I have ever seen on film — from solos to duos to ensembles, spanning more than eight decades of movies.

A Bit Premature

Mike Pence’s announcement about disbanding the coronavirus task force seems a little premature — until you look at what else he announced today. Read on.

Mere Gestures

For several weeks, we’ve seen a well-deserved outpouring of support for our “front line workers.” But will we offer them anything more than mere gestures? Here are my thoughts.

Why Waste The Food? (An Update)

An update (with some good news) on a piece I wrote three weeks ago regarding millions of gallons of milk and millions of pounds of produce that are being destroyed because farmers have no one to sell them to.

Elk 6, Bison 0

All this sheltering-at-home — combined with a high pollen count — has created some serious cabin fever, so we got out of the house and went for a drive through Lone Elk Park. Here’s the story.

National Lampoon Flashbacks

With the death of National Lampoon co-founder Matty Simmons at 93, I’ve dug up three things from my archives related to the original magazine and its movie spin-offs.

As I Tweeted

If anyone asks you to predict when [blank] will return to pre-COVID-19 normalcy, the ONLY correct answer is “I don’t know.” Any other response is simply bullshit.

Alan Zweibel’s “Laugh Lines”

My review of Alan Zweibel’s “Laugh Lines,” in which he recounts stories from his career as a comedy writer for “Saturday Night Live” and “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show,” as well as Gilda Radner, Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, Martin Short, and many others.

Hype-Free Olympics

With the Summer Olympics postponed until next year, here are some thoughts about my experiences watching — and attending — the games through the years, including a documentary about the 2000 games I caught on TV the other night.

Two Old Friends Talking

I’m going to be the guest on a streaming video interview my friend Mark Evanier is doing tonight. Here are the details, including how you can watch for free.

TV Review: “After Life” Returns

My review of season two of “After Life,” a Netflix series written and directed by Ricky Gervais, about a man mourning the loss of his wife while dealing with enough amusing people and situations to balance the sad with the funny.

Movie Review: “Bad Education”

My review of “Bad Education,” an HBO movie starring Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney as two school administrators whose success in making their district better kept prying eyes away from the millions they were embezzling behind the scenes.