Best Thing I’ve Read Today: Teller’s Letter

Best Thing I’ve Read Today: Teller’s Letter

In 1995, a young magician named Brian Brushwood wrote to Teller, asking for some advice about how to hone an act that was original and clever. To his surprise, Teller wrote back the next day, explaining the struggles he and Penn had endured early on, and offering a...
Americans Do Not Give A Frapp About Howard

Americans Do Not Give A Frapp About Howard

On January 30th, I wrote on this site: There’s been a lot of hand-wringing among liberals upset that former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is considering running for president as an independent. The belief is that such a third-party run would drain votes from whoever...
I Still Hate Valentine’s Day

I Still Hate Valentine’s Day

I wrote this piece in 2002. Re-reading it this morning, I find that everything I said then still applies… I hate Valentine’s Day. That may make me sound like an un-romantic slob, but the truth is that Valentine’s Day has nothing to do with romance. Why have a...
Theater Review: “Oslo”

Theater Review: “Oslo”

“Oslo” is the story of husband-and-wife Norwegian diplomats who organized secret, unofficial peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization in the early 1990s. The play, by JT Rogers, is based on real meetings that took place...
As I Tweeted

As I Tweeted

Upon hearing that Carson Daly’s NBC late-night show, “Last Call,” is ending after 17 years, my only reaction was, “That’s still on the...
Great Idea

Great Idea

Officials in Sandusky, Ohio, didn’t want Columbus Day to be a thing anymore, so they thought they’d just eliminate it as a paid holiday for government workers. But employees and unions objected, so the city came up with a better idea: cancel Columbus Day...