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The Critical Mass

The World Doesn’t Owe You Anything With decisions come consequences. That was the theme running through my head while lying awake in bed at 3 a.m. Wednesday. The gray-matter residue from a couple of Tuesday night’s entertainments. It started at The Little theater with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. A murder mystery that doesn’t give […]

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Roy Moore! Help is on the way! Apparently, I’m told, I’ve earned millions of dollars over the course of my lifetime. I blew it all on booze, women and movies. I was unaware of this reality until the past weekend, when the crusty Iowa senator, Charles Grassley, was explaining the Republicans’ new tax bill to […]

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What’s the matter with Alabama? The two of us had arrived early at a downtown Rochester hotel, and the room reserved for the breakfast meeting with a handful of invited guests was locked. We stood in front of the door as a hotel employee wandered off to find a key. “You look really tired,” I […]

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Truth and beauty: Hurricanes and other blowhards is why we need the arts It’s been a month since the nightmare in Las Vegas. A month since Puerto Rico was flattened by a hurricane, and still more than 70 percent of the island is without power. Three weeks since the story broke that Harvey Weinstein, perhaps […]

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People who lie to you think you’re stupid On this morning’s dog walk, I noticed that the neighbors across the street have already taken down their New York Yankees flag after last night’s loss. They’ve replaced it with a Buffalo Bills flag. Which seems to be an invitation to yet more heartbreak. Around the corner […]

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 It’s time to start pruning the bad limbs from the tree Several friends of mine have been posting ME TOO stories on Facebook. Women bearing witness to their experiences with sexual harassment. I’d heard pieces of these stories from them, but not the whole thing. I’d never picked up on the sense of entitlement that […]

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The demons in our midst The backstories to tonight’s Mastodon concert at Rochester’s Main Street Armory run deep. It’s called one of the world’s top heavy-metal bands, but Mastodon is actually a genre-bending rock and prog quartet whose seven albums often reach for expansive themes, and the demons in our midst. Based in Atlanta, it […]

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Puerto Rico, Las Vegas and Tom Petty: Damn the Torpedoes. On this morning’s dog walk, I began to connect the dots between the big news of the last few days. Tom Petty died. More than 58 people murdered, hundreds more hospitalized, at a mass shooting in Las Vegas. Our government’s efforts to being relief to […]

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Draining the bottle As I arrive at Week Two of my eviction from the mainstream media, I had figured on spending the first days of my layoff sitting on the couch in my boxer shorts, watching baseball, a half-empty bottle of bourbon between my feet. But it’s not been that way at all. That bottle […]

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It’s long past time to call Republicans on their dangerous BS Blood is in the streets, theaters and cafés of Paris. The worst thing we can do now is… do what Republicans are already doing. “How’s that Syrian refugee resettlement look now?” tweeted South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan. “How about that mass migration into Europe? […]

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