Friday, September 28, 2018

liberals and conservatives

"Whenever I feel bad, I go to the library and read controversial periodicals. Though I do not know whether I am a liberal or a conservative, I am nevertheless enlivened by the hatred which one bears the other. In fact, this hatred strikes me as one of the few signs of life remaining in the world. This is another thing about the world which is upside-down: all the friendly and likable people seem dead to me; only the haters seem alive."

—from Walker Percy's first novel, The Moviegoer (1961)

Sunday, June 3, 2018

"Is this Robert Cass?"

Thank you for the compliment you gave me earlier today, iPhoto, as you scanned my pictures to identify faces.

Or were you asking if I'm a "heroic popcorn tub"?

Doesn't matter. Either way I'm heroic. No further questions.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

CBS's "Magnum" opus

Blue Bloods, starring Tom Selleck, debuted on CBS in the fall of 2010. Recently renewed for a ninth season, the Friday-night mainstay has now produced more episodes than Selleck's first long-running series for the network, Magnum, P.I. (1980-'88).

"There is one enterprise of national significance that Selleck is happy to weigh in on: the long-gestating Magnum P.I. movie," wrote Robert Moritz in Parade's November 7, 2010, edition. "With rumors flying that Matthew McConaughey and Ashton Kutcher have been considered, Selleck is very clear on his choice to play the lead: Tom Selleck. He envisions an older Magnum in a story line that catches up with events since the series' final episode."

"Look, I'm not being egotistical, but Magnum's in about 100 countries," Selleck told Moritz. "They can't just buy a title and stick some younger guy in it. These things are quite real to audiences."

Of course they can, Tom.

The Magnum movie never happened, but the detective series is returning to CBS next fall, with Jay Hernandez in the title role. (I'm all for colorblind casting, but I hope the writers will provide a backstory for Thomas Sullivan Magnum IV's newly Hispanic heritage.)

Hawaii Five-O aired from 1968 to '80 on CBS—one reason why Magnum was greenlit at the end of Five-O's run was so that CBS could continue to make use of its Hawaiian production facilities—and was rebooted by the network in 2010. Five-O 2.0 premiered the same week as Blue Bloods and, like that show, is still pulling in decent ratings after eight years. Time will tell if the new Magnum, P.I. can also go the distance.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

strange bedfellows

actor-activist (and definitely not a conservative) Tim Robbins, The New York Times, February 3:
"People losing their careers based on innuendo or accusation is troubling for me. There is a process for this: a legal system. Convicting someone on an accusation is really dangerous territory to be living in."

President Donald Trump, Twitter, February 10: 
"Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?"

Donald Trump at the Miss Universe pageant, Moscow, 2013

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Chris Ware's words of wisdom

"... The possibility for supporting oneself as an artist or cartoonist is very uncertain; I think it's very important for anyone who wants to be an artist to never expect anything beyond the satisfaction of making the art itself. In a way, to have the freedom to work a regular job and make art 'on the side,' as it were, is really ideal, since then one's survival doesn't depend on the success of the artist in a gallery or wherever. Success in art should always be only about the art itself, not how it's received. Of course, paying off one's student loans is another matter."

—from the Chicago Reader's February 1, 2018, issue

Saturday, January 6, 2018

I often pronounce the word "route" as "root."

But "route" is the wrong word in the call to action below, unless the writer means that one can reroute the good guys of the Star Wars galaxy by firing glowing plastic darts in their direction. I'm a coward, so that strategy would work on me, but I don't know about the Rebel Alliance.

"Rout," not "route"—you're in a rut, writer, but you'll right yourself soon enough.