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Sep.20.2013
    Spiritual Pornography    You write.  Your friends say, “I liked it.”  They say, “You’re really a good writer,” like it still comes as a surprise.  You don’t blame them.  If everyone could say something memorable, everyone would be Oscar Wilde....
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Sep.11.2013
The recently issued THAT FLOATING BRIDGE (Benj DeMott, ed. Transaction Publishers) includes three previously published pieces of mine:  "Conventionally Speaking," about the Democratic Convention of 1960; "Of Debatable Significance," about the first presidential debate of 2012; and "Matinees...
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Sep.04.2013
My latest piece is up at http://www.tcj.com/the-anti-war-of-harvey-kurtzman/ It begins:     In the early 1950s, Entertaining Comics was king of the ten-cent jungle.  EC invented the horror comic (Tales From the Crypt, Vault of Horror, Haunt of Fear).  It issued the first “...
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Aug.27.2013
My latest piece is up at http://www.broadstreetreview.com/index.php/main/article/the_boys_of_winter_a_basketball_metaphorNot unusually, I preferred my title and felt my prose disenhanced by the editing, but you can't have everything.  Anyway, it begins (or began):    They came...
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Aug.10.2013
    Hi, Nina.  Hope you're having a good summer.     I decided not to write about this year's Dylan concert but just to pass my remarks on to a few friends who might be interested.  (Hell, maybe I'll put it up as a blog too.  It's been weeks.)...
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Jun.26.2013
BLACK EYE 2 has now appeared. Its publisher, Rotland Press, describes the volume thus:   BLACK EYE 2 : the anthology of humor and despair. With new comics and art by: Max Clotfelter / Richard Cowdry / Hugleikur Dagson / J.T. Dockery / Brecht Evens / Quentin Faucompre / Julia Gfrörer / Sam...
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Jun.02.2013
My latest piece is up at The Broad Street Review.  You can read it here: http://www.broadstreetreview.com/index.php/main/article/the_comic_art_of_al_williamson/ Here is a slightly modified portion: Williamson’s... (Entertaining Comics) debut did not occur until 1952, but he had already been...
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May.29.2013
A few weeks ago, Dan Rottenberg, editor of The Broad Street Review, to which I frequently congtribute, posted an article comparing the legal profession unfavorably to the medical profession.  (You may read it here:  http://www.broadstreetreview.com/index.php/main/article/doctors_vs_lawye...
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May.07.2013
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has added to its web site's History of Comic Censorship a slightly revised version of the highly condensed treatment of my book "The Pirates and the Mouse:  Disney's War Against the Counterculture," which ran a few years ago in the Libertarian magazine "Reason...
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Apr.21.2013
U.C. Medical Center has launched a study of heart disease which is intended to extend beyond what the Framingham study uncovered decades ago.  You can read about it here: http://www.sfchronicle.com/health/article/UCSF-begins-huge-Health-eHeart... You can sign-up to participate at https://www....
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Apr.14.2013
My latest piece is up at THE BROAD STREET REVIEW.  You can read it at: http://www.broadstreetreview.com/index.php/main/article/heart_attack_part_9_one_last_implant/ It begins     “We have to talk,” my cardiologist said.    Adele and I looked at each other. ...
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Apr.13.2013
The other day I mentioned my take on "Building Stories" had appeared at the Comics Journal's site.  One hundred fifty-six of you read that and either did or did not take action.  Now I see the Journal's co-editor has publicized this and its phrasing tickled my fancy so I am reprinting it...
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Apr.10.2013
My take on Chris Ware's "Building Stories" is up at www.tcj.com. (As I write, it's on the first page, but it may have moved by the time you get there.)  It begins:     All across Berkeley, citizens of my demographic had been startled by their latest “New York Review of Books.”...
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Apr.09.2013
A while ago, I blogged about Jazz on the Tube.  Now its added a sister site, Blues on the Tube.  Again, you receive daily videos (or recordings) for free.  It's pot luck and fun.  To sign up, go here: http://www.reallytheblues.com/page/22340.html
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Mar.24.2013
    Boy, they used to set the bar for screenplays low.  Take “The Unholy Three” (1925), a Tod Browning-directed silent film.    The premise – three ex-circus performers form a jewel-robbery ring – is fine.  The cast is solid.  Victor McLaglen, who will...
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