When Ingrid Bergman Rebelled Against Ingrid Bergman

by Robert J. Avrech So powerful are Hollywood movies as propaganda that America has never achieved victory in war without Hollywood’s support. When Hollywood turns against America at war, defeat is assured. Witness Vietnam, the first casualty of Hollywood’s ideological wrath. The Jane Fonda, Jon Voight vehicle “Coming Home” (1978) [Read More]

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Live Nude Shakespeare!

No, wait!  I don’t mean Shakespeare himself is nude, and he’s certainly not live.  Not for five or so centuries.  What I mean is…oh, just read on: I’ve been involved in the arts virtually all my life. While theater is not my main artistic pursuit, I’ve been involved in most of [Read More]


University of Chicago to perpetually offended whiners, Suck it up Buttercup

In a letter sent to the class of 2020, Dean of Students John (Jay) Ellison said one of the defining characteristics of the school was its unwavering commitment to freedom of inquiry and expression. Civility and mutual respect are vital to the campus culture, the letter states, but not at [Read More]


From the college course catalog….

With a child heading off to college, I’ve decided to start a new feature at my blog. As the spirit moves me, I’m going to quote, verbatim, from college catalogs. I’m not going to go the cheap and easy route of quoting from the Women’s Studies or Queer Studies departments. [Read More]


Coming of Age: Three Must See Films Currently Streaming

by Robert J. Avrech One of the most durable movie genres is the coming of age narrative. With roots in the 18th century literary novel, tales about young people who mature through ordinary and extraordinary circumstances have an irresistible appeal that is universal. Here are three films that are currently [Read More]

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Celebrating Greatness

The most trusted man in America?

LBJ famously said, “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost America.” Who have the Democrats and President Obama lost? Howard Stern and Mad Magazine. The latter was via Instapundit. The source of the second observation is interesting, because Cronkite was characterized as “… the most trusted man in America.” Despite a [Read More]

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Pop culture

Alex Chilton

Alex Chilton dies at 59 via memeorandum Alex Chilton, the mercurial if influential rock musician, whose work spanned an eclectic gamut from the soul songs of the Box Tops to the multiple incarnations of his pop band Big Star, has died, The Commercial Appeal of Memphis reported. He was 59. [Read More]

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Just Plain Funny

I would have thought this was a qualification

via memeorandum The New York Post reports: When Eliot Spitzer’s top aides were mulling David Paterson as a potential running mate in the winter of 2005, two people who knew him cautioned that the Albany veteran was a “hard partier.” They were referring to Paterson’s extramarital dalliances, past drug use [Read More]