Author: Robert Gerard Hunt

I Saw Her Standing There

Rube Ascending a Staircase (2015) “She’s a genius!” proclaimed Brian with equal parts amusement and resignation. I smiled at my brother, well aware of his traditional disdain for the artist in question. He hadn’t exactly changed his aesthetic opinion, I knew, but now it was augmented by a measure of respect for savvy business acumen. […]

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For the Record

Never again will our culture know one of the signature pleasures of my childhood: perusing vinyl record racks. Certainly there’s no shortage of LPs, which have gained credibility as objects of desire among the hipster set. But I’m not talking about today’s readily available assortment of used records, overpriced reissues and expensive new releases on […]

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Keith Emerson

Keith: I suppose you must get tired of feigning interest when long-time fans confront you with lists of all the ELP concerts they saw, what was going on in their lives when they first heard Tarkus, how they named the family pet Emerson, etc. I can’t imagine the monotony of smiling at the same stories […]

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2015 Oscars

For the fourth consecutive year, my wife and I have dealt with the bitter reality of a Midwestern winter by running from it, hiding in the dark to watch films deemed worthy by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This time we set a new record, managing to see 17 films nominated in […]

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2014 Oscars

The nine films up for Best Picture Once again, Julie and I have battled the winter blahs by immersing ourselves in the alternative reality of cinema, squirreled away in top row center for our annual marathon of Best Picture nominees. This year, we were able to see all of the films that received acting and […]

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Oscar Therapy

It’s an utter indulgence, but for the second year in a row, my wife and I have seen all nine of the Best Picture nominees prior to the Academy Awards. Indulgent, I say, because the aggregate twenty hours and nineteen minutes that we spent watching the films might have been put to more practical use […]

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Eyes On The Skies

“What I really need,” I expounded at the dining table, “is some flexible plastic tubing that I can use to make super-long straws so you can lay flat on your back and still take a drink.” “That is so lazy!’ came a reprimand from the next room. Eldest daughter Amber had caught a snippet of […]

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But Ossifer…

My sense of balance is challenged even before I don the distortion goggles. Four high school seniors zipping along country back roads in the wee hours of prom night. John is driving, and I am behind him in the back seat, our dates aligned on the passenger side. We have gone out to dinner, attended […]

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