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Gerald McEntee, RIP

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On July 12, 2022
Former AFSCME head Gerald McEntee has died. But he was perhaps best known for increasing the influence of the labor movement in electoral politics during an age of largely Republican rule, as Washington became increasingly hostile to unions. “He’s an important figure in repositioning the union in politics,” said Joseph McCartin, a labor historian at […]

Caan

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On July 7, 2022

Should have had a better career overall and made a lot of very questionable choices (the list of roles he turned down is astounding), but of course he was great in The Godfather. RIP.

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Philip Baker Hall, RIP

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On June 13, 2022
One of the truly great character actors of the last half-century is gone. When I think of Hall, I think of his great work in Hard Eight, Paul Thomas Anderson’s first film. That face. What a face. And then there’s the role that first got him major attention–as Nixon in the one-man performance in Secret […]

Liotta

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On May 26, 2022

Given the centrality of Goodfellas to the culture of this site, I am sure that we will have more to say about the passing of Ray Liotta. I was always surprised that after his brilliant start, not only

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Angell

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On May 20, 2022
Roger Angell has died. He has a very strong claim to be the greatest baseball writer in history. I loved his late life writing in The New Yorker so much. You can’t be too sad when someone lives to be 101, especially when they were still writing until just a couple of years ago. I […]

John Leo

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On May 11, 2022

John Leo is dead. Between him and Midge Decter, it’s been a real tough week for pretentious psuedo-intellecutal right wing assholes who created this shit show in which we live. I don’t hav

Score 1 for Covid

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On April 6, 2022

Good riddance to very bad rubbish: Vladimir V. Zhirinovsky, a veteran Russian politician who served as both ultranationalist firebrand and clownish provocateur in the Kremlin’s carefully managed pol

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William Hurt, RIP

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On March 13, 2022
A legend is gone. [SL] Friend of the blog Glenn Kenny has a great tribute. I plan on screening Broadcast News and Body Heat at my earliest convenience… [EL} Kenny’s ability to put something out that good that quickly is the sign of a truly great writer. Again, I am in awe of the great […]

Harry Reid, RIP

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On December 28, 2021

Wow—more on this to come. I will say that I saw Reid speak a few years ago at the Western History Association conference in Las Vegas. It was amazing to hear him tell his mobster stories. But I

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