Tag: popular culture

Olivia de Havilland, last Old Hollywood star, was much more than Melanie Wilkes

Olivia de Havilland, the last surviving star of Hollywood’s Golden Age of the 1930s and ‘40s, passed away over the weekend at the age of 104. Most of the headlines went something like this one in the New York Times: “Olivia de Havilland, a Star of Gone With the Wind, Dies at 104” If your knowledge... Read more »

Is the Karen moniker more sexist than funny?

Count me among those who don’t find the “Karen” designation amusing. I think it’s sexist, anti-woman, and even dangerous. When I first learned of this social media trend, which has even been adopted by the regular media, particularly the tabloid press, a Karen was defined as a white woman who calls the police on black... Read more »

Let’s give it up to the brave journalists on the streets

The events and images of the past several weeks, coming on the heels of an extended lockdown and in the midst of the worst pandemic in a century, have left Americans reeling. In all the madness, I want to give props to a group of people that is getting largely overlooked in all the protesting... Read more »
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Support your local businesses: Wear a mask

            In the pro-mask versus anti-mask war, I stand somewhere in the middle. In late March, when almost no one was wearing a mask in public, I went out a couple times wearing one and got funny looks from other shoppers, who assumed I must be sick. Now you’re likely... Read more »

An open letter to hoarding shoppers

This isn’t funny anymore. At first it was mildly amusing, in the beginning when it spawned toilet-paper shortage jokes. But this is more than a month in now, and it needs to stop. I’m pissed, and I’m going to use curse words in this column—apologies to the sensitive. This behavior is getting serious and dangerous.... Read more »

Was pulling Woody Allen's memoir the right thing to do?

As a lawyer and journalist, I was troubled and disturbed when I read about the Hachette book publisher cancelling the publication of Woody Allen’s memoir. Hachette had been on the receiving end of a hailstorm of criticism from Mia Farrow’s son, reporter Ronan Farrow, and some of its own staff, who reportedly staged a walkout... Read more »
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Some thoughts on the diminishing relevance of the Oscar ceremony

Quick—name the film that won Best Picture of 2017 (and don’t look it up). Had to look it up, didn’t you? Hollywood stages the Academy Awards. America yawns. Again. I was going to title this post “The Diminishing Relevance of the Oscars,” then I wondered: is it really the award itself, or the ceremony? Winning... Read more »

Pier 1 closing stores, and my world just became a little less pretty

Say it isn’t so. News broke earlier this week that made me sadder than the announcement of Harry & Meghan’s break from the royal family. Home decor retailer Pier 1 Imports announced it is closing 450 of its stores, including it turns out, the two locations nearest to me. Those ominous, giant “Storewide Sale” signs... Read more »

State supreme court upholds anti-"revenge porn" law, says it doesn't violate free speech

They say Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. The scorned woman in this case was part of a romantic triangle. She was a jilted fiancée who electronically shared nude photos of her ex-fiance’s lover, who happened to be the girl next door. All the juicy details—and they are juicy—can be read here. This... Read more »
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Are mass shootings Twitter’s fault?

With three tragic mass shootings dominating the headlines in as many weeks, it brought to mind a recent federal court decision which didn’t seem to get much play in the media at the time. Many of these shooters feed their radical, hateful ideologies from content on Internet websites and especially social media.  But should those... Read more »