Becoming Your Parents

If you watch TV at all, you’ve seen the commercials from Progressive Insurance, about Dr. Rick cautioning others about becoming their parents. It’s a humorous series of commercials about the quirky habits of older people that are deemed annoying or not socially appropriate. Becoming your parents is called parentamorphosis. The commercials are good for a … More Becoming Your Parents

The Holocaust: Ken Burns and Assorted Thoughts

The U.S. and the Holocaust is a three-part, six-hour series focused on the Holocaust from the American involvement leading up to, during, and immediately following World War II. This Ken Burns series stirred a lot of discussion, certainly on the Holocaust, but more importantly, on the United States’ failures in responding to the Final Solution. … More The Holocaust: Ken Burns and Assorted Thoughts

Dick Ebersol: From Saturday Night to Sunday Night, and the evolution of network television (book reviews)

I am combining two book reviews and my own observations on the rise and fall of network television. Three television stations, with a foot antenna or rabbit-ears. Maybe a PBS station, and later, difficult to clearly receive UHF (mostly independent stations). Those were the options. Not a lot of channel surfing in those days, and … More Dick Ebersol: From Saturday Night to Sunday Night, and the evolution of network television (book reviews)

Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing: Matthew Perry (book review)

If you watched the recent Matthew Perry’s interview with Diane Sawyer, or others he did while promoting the Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing (2022), you pretty much know the story. The interview is the small version of the train wreck, the book is the long, slow-motion derailment and repeated ordeal. Like most train … More Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing: Matthew Perry (book review)

New Fiction by my Favorite Mystery Writers: Best Sellers Reviewed

Mystery is my favorite genre of fiction. Crime mysteries populate my night table, and occasionally my nightmares. Each year, my favorite authors publish new books, which makes autumn such a special time of the year. I’ll be sharing books I’ve just finished, and my thoughts, but I won’t be giving away any clues. I’m even … More New Fiction by my Favorite Mystery Writers: Best Sellers Reviewed

Unreal, Reality TV

Even reality TV is not always real. Just because it is promoted as real, does not mean it is. In the past six years we now have to be concerned with what is real and what is promoted as real. Maybe the Moon landing was faked? Reality ain’t what it used to be. MTV’s The … More Unreal, Reality TV

Richard Dreyfuss and Danny DeVito: 1980s Films

Richard Dreyfuss and Danny DeVito only made one film together, Tin Men. It came in 1987, during the decade when both men were hot. Their careers are quite different, although their careers are quite long, and both play equally well in drama and comedy. Dreyfuss had enjoyed two decades as a leading man before settling … More Richard Dreyfuss and Danny DeVito: 1980s Films