Category Archives: Film, TV, and the Arts

The Art I Live With: The Living Room
Film, TV, and the Arts

The Art I Live With: The Living Room

This molas (cloth sculpture) was made by an anonymous Native American woman from Panama. Each color is a separate layer of cloth. The seamstress cuts through the layers to the color she wants, then cuts out the shapes in that layer. This one has so many colors, and intricate shapes, that form a combination of a predatory cat and bird of prey.

The 1947 Film “Gentlemen’s Agreement” Is Part of the History It Shows
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The 1947 Film “Gentlemen’s Agreement” Is Part of the History It Shows

The 1947 movie Gentlemen’s Agreement is a preachy period piece today, but it’s a deadly accurate picture of prejudice and discrimination against American Jews after World War II by educated, polite, wealthy, liberal gentiles. It raised awareness and changed attitudes and behavior.

Interviewing the Always Happy ‘Frugal Gourmet’ When I Was Sad
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Interviewing the Always Happy ‘Frugal Gourmet’ When I Was Sad

I interviewed Jeff Smith, TV’s “Frugal Gourmet,” who was at the height of his stardom, and happy all the time, at least in public. But it was a sad day for me. I did my job because I was a disciplined person and a workaholic. My job was who I was, not just what I did.

Nobody Reads H.L. Mencken Any More
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Nobody Reads H.L. Mencken Any More

H.L. Mencken was one of the most prominent literary figure in America in the first half of the 1900′s, but few people read or remember him today. In his hands, words became firecrackers.

“Songs By Tom Lehrer” Was the First Comedy Album
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“Songs By Tom Lehrer” Was the First Comedy Album

If you haven’t heard a song by Tom Lehrer, ask around. You probably know someone who remembers at least one, and will break into a smile just thinking about it.

Gospel Choir Brought Me Closer to God
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Gospel Choir Brought Me Closer to God

5/17/2009 No city I’ve lived in offers anything like the William H. Gile Concert Series: free, open to the public, …Read the Rest

I Interviewed Just a Few Big Stars in My Newspaper Days
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I Interviewed Just a Few Big Stars in My Newspaper Days

The great artists I interviewed in my newspaper days were down-to-earth and glad to help a reporter. The second-tier stars acted hoity-toity.

Five Movies I Watch Every Christmas
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Five Movies I Watch Every Christmas

I watch five movies every Christmas: “A Christmas Story” by Jean Shepard; “Miracle on 34th Street,” with Edmund Gwenn and Natalie Wood, Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” with James Stewart; “A Chrstmas Carol,” and the animated “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

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