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Danny Aiello, RIP

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On December 13, 2019
One of the truly great character actors is no more. Do the Right Thing (of course). But also Léon the Professional, Fort Apache the Bronx, Purple Rose of Cairo, and so many others, plus the father in Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach” video, of which he was not a fan. And when your first two screen […]

Volcker

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On December 9, 2019

Paul Volcker is dead. It’s worth remembering briefly just how responsible he is for many of the problems we face today. The first thing I remembered when I heard he died was a conversation I had

Medium Cool Indeed

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On October 11, 2019

For an actor who was never really successful or a star, Robert Forster sure was in a lot of interesting films. And whatever you make think of Tarantino he’s always had a brilliant eye for great

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Cokie

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On September 17, 2019
Cokie Roberts is dead. I take no particular joy in her passing. But she was terrible, a walking symbol of Beltway journalism with its extremely limited willingness to admit that anything like a left exists, where her right-leaning centrism often served as the supposedly liberal voice in “balanced” debates, and where any idea to the […]

Fonda

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On August 16, 2019

Peter Fonda was more myth than actor, thanks to him living a lifetime of fame based on Easy Rider. That movie doesn’t necessarily age well, especially the acid trip scene in New Orleans, but you

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David Berman, RIP

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On August 7, 2019
David Berman has died from suicide. The Silver Jews were perhaps not to everyone’s taste, but I found them one of the best and certainly most unique bands of the last 25 years. I hadn’t yet heard the new Berman project, but everyone says it is excellent. I saw him play on the last Silver […]

Perot

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On July 9, 2019

I suppose I should have something useful to say about Ross Perot’s death, but I really don’t. I always push back on the myth that Perot cost George Bush his reelection in 1992, when in rea

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Night of the Vampire

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On May 31, 2019
The great Texas psychedelic musician, genius behind the 13th Floor Elevators, acid case, and overall amazing and disturbed person Roky Erickson, RIP The Elevators also had one of the only Dylan covers that is better than the original, and I really like the original. Share

Tony Horwitz, RIP

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On May 28, 2019

Tony Horwitz has died suddenly, only 60 years old. I can’t say what an important book Confederates in the Attic was when it came out in 1998. It’s really a pioneering book in the popular u

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