Essays (et al)

Plasticity Opens January 27th

In this multimedia production, a comatose man recreates his identity by delving deeply into his memories, while a hovering circle of doctors and loved ones populate the medical and legal drama, forming scheming camps over grave […]

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The Dope on Ancient Olympians

As the Rio Olympics captivate us with fantastical feats of athleticism, it’s hard not to reflect on the glorious origins of the Greek Olympiad, dating back to 776 BC, and […]

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Riding The Gravitational Wave

  Thirty thousand years ago on a beach in South Africa, a clan of cavemen and women, and their adorable cave babies and bratty cave tweens, lay on hairy backs, […]

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History of the Friars Club

It began for the oldest reason in the book: Folks were getting swindled. In this case, it was a group of wily Press Agents in turn of the century Manhattan; […]

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The Friars Foundation Lincoln Awards

Few social organizations can boast a membership as ass-kickingly entertaining as the legendary Friars Club.  I’ve been involved with the Friars since 2007, that’s a 103 years after it first opened its doors in […]

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Friars Icons

Betty White, flanked by two well-lubed bodybuilders, taking stage on a snow white pony? Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman slurping champagne from a pair of her six inch Louboutins? Louis C.K. […]

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The Dope on Dope

The New York Times editorial board recently and wholeheartedly endorsed the legalization of marijuana.  Stop the presses.  Break out the herb grinder.  Prepare to add a little more vapor to […]

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Small Swigs From The World Cup

The World Cup intensifies, bringing the planet earth together to witness what our host nation so elegantly calls fu-chee-bol. It’s been a rewarding tournament, but in a perfect world, a few […]

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Streaming Burnout

For those out there yet to hop on the Burnout Bandwagon, just a quick “alert” to let you know there’s almost no room left. Everyone’s knee deep in it, whether it’s socially […]

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Look Out Multiverse, Here We Come

Since the Industrial Age kicked off three hundred years ago, our glorious species has been gleefully pillaging and polluting the planet with the impunity most often reserved for maladapted viruses– […]

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I'm Walkin' Here!

As a decade long New York transplant, there’s nothing more galvanizing than witnessing downtown Los Angeles come to life– explode, might be a better adjective– with nationally recognized restaurants, brand […]

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Google Brain, On Sale Now

Flip on any screen that plays a moving image and you’ll see a fast spreading cultural meme in films, TV series and TED talks alike: human beings are integrating technology […]

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Jelly Roll Blues and Antigravity

So the facts are out, and the news is devastating. If you’ve been living in a cave and haven’t heard, brace yourself: Jellyfish born in space have “massive vertigo” when […]

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The World Is My Recliner

We’ve all seen Wall-E, right?  It’s starting to feel like if the film wasn’t animated it could be a documentary about the near future. The floating fatsos in their all encompassing […]

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Epic America, Happy 273rd

There’s nothing more patriotic than a July 4th roadtrip up  Rt. 1 along the literal edge of America to put all the miniscule bullshit of your life into immediate perspective. […]

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Bother… It’s Easy!

It’s a hackneyed gripe, and the last thing I want is to sound embittered, but I swear to god, I’ll shoot up a CVS the next time I get an […]

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Five For A Buck

There used to be a bar I loved.  There have been many over the years.  Almost all of them were dives and there ain’t an ounce of irony in that […]

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Talking Timbuktu

You have to marvel at a culture that prides itself on intolerance, denial and annihilation.  No, this is not another rant on our gridlocked, be-uncooperative-at-any-cost US Senate, though they do […]

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Here's the (Sandy) Hook

Why is it easier for a teenager to get a semi-automatic weapon and enough bullets to level a school full of children than it is to get a case of […]

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When "Blank" Friday Comes...

It got a little misty in the hours after Thanksgiving dinner. A marine layer filled the air just enough to blur the omnipresent police flashers as a gaggle of cops redirected […]

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Sandy and The Meta-storm

For all the pandemonium Sandy spewed on New York and Jersey, there was one meme that spread as far as the arms of the spiral itself, and it was this: […]

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Instant Eradification

All of those unshowered, vagrant conspiracy theorists– the 99 percent who claimed the system was intrinsically stacked against them, the ones the main stream and liberal media pigeon holed– were […]

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Tellin' It Like It Should Be

Discerning what’s real and what’s not in our increasingly byte-sized reality is becoming a savagely challenging task. Add a home address in Hollywood, CA. and it can become downright surrealistic. […]

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