Category: Commentary

Rhapsody In Black And Orange

It was quite dark on a recent evening as my brother and I turned one last corner and drove toward our childhood home. So dark, in fact, that it was difficult to pick out any details beyond house lights and the meager output of dim street lamps. Even so, we simultaneously experienced a moment of […]

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The Million-Dollar Pyramid

Years ago, when I had been in the workforce long enough to become disenchanted with my prospects for advancement, I serendipitously encountered opportunity within the crowded lobby of a chain restaurant. My wife and I had been given tickets to a touring musical, and we decided to enhance our good fortune by splurging on a […]

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The Two And Only

“But even…but even as they did so,” I might incongruously drop into a conversation among my brothers, inevitably prompting a knowing chuckle from Richard. “Ah,” David will sigh as he accurately deduces the origin of my non sequitur, “is this one of those ‘Bob and Ray’ things?” It’s not easy to entice newbies to embrace […]

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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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