“This Is Where I Leave You” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” — two film reviews by Gary Chew Two movies dealing with an on-again-off again marriage and other familial foibles compete for ticket sales this week; one gorged with humor, the other replete with [more...]
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My father was a populist, but didn’t know it My father, W.F. “High” Hightower, was a populist. Only, he didn’t know it. Didn’t know the word, much less the history or anything about populism’s democratic ethos. My father was not philosophical, but he had a [more...]
Journal entry: January 2, 1989 (age 19) – Fighting Irish It was a strange sight. Earlier tonight, about 3 dozen grown men were gathered on a small, backyard deck. The object of their ferocious attention was a small television in one corner. Whatever they were [more...]
Making fun of the headlines today, so you don’t have to The news doesn’t need to be complicated and confusing; that’s what any new release from Microsoft is for. And, as in the case with anything from Microsoft, to keep the news from worrying our [more...]
“The Drop” – a film review by Gary Chew Dennis Lehane’s characters in “The Drop” are not special, just real. They possess the varied qualities and deformities found in the hearts and psyches of all human beings. These factors are always at play in Michaël [more...]
Toxic formaldehyde has been included in baby products for years In the U.S. alone, the cosmetics industry pulls in some $70 billion a year in sales of what’s commonly called “makeup.” But lipstick, blush, mascara, etc. are not the only kind of makeup the cosmetic [more...]