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Made an early morning bagel run. Turns out the supermarket has only one cashier on duty between seven and eight Saturday mornings because, today’s one cashier told me when I finally got to the register, it’s usually very slow then. Hardly any traffic, she said. Today was not usual. So I had a lot of time to read the covers of the tabloids and gossip magazines. Did you know Brad is a secret bisexual? And Scott’s slept with Kim’s sisters? And Tom isn’t Suri’s real father? That last one’s Hollywood’s biggest scandal ever. Wasn’t all gossip and scandal though. This... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Lance Mannion
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Seven-thirty. Sunday morning. May 17, 2015. At McDonald's. Young mother out for breakfast with kindergarten age son. They're being very quiet together. She's texting. He's sitting very still. dividing his attention between his Egg McMuffin and a blue balloon tied to his wrist with a long, curling white ribbon. Focused and serious, studying the balloon’s movements, as he gently tugs it up and down and back and forth. Making me miss the days of early morning outings with small boys. Time to get out of here before my heart breaks. Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at Lance Mannion
Saturday. May 23, 2015. New posts below but please read this before scrolling down. Thanks once again to all who've donated to the fundraising drive. And once again, please forgive me for keeping this up. I'm the world's luckiest blogger in having so many loyal and generous readers. As I've said, things are getting better for us, but it's going to be hard going for a couple of weeks longer and we could still use some help scraping by. If you haven't donated or if you can manage a little more, please consider making a donation today. It'd be much... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Lance Mannion
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I'm not sure what Rand Paul himself thinks he was up to with with his filibuster that wasn't really a filibuster but I can't help feeling he was up to no good. This is my default position when it comes to Rand Paul. Even when he seems to be doing good he's up to no good. This is based on my basic dislike of the man. He's not a good guy. He's the enemy of women, of gay people, of immigrants, and of the disabled. And by the way and I can't stress this enough, Fuck you, Rand Paul. But... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Lance Mannion
9:30 PM. May 7, 2015. Adapted from my Twitter feed. Just read a story by the late Fred Busch. "Timberline”. Story itself is ok but the portrait of the narrator’s good-natured father broke my heart. That's the way it often is with Fred's stories and novels. The work as a whole will be ok, but along'll come a character or a scene... ...or a passage that breaks your heart. Except Rounds. That one broke my heart from start to finish. Fred was also good on scenery and the weather. He loved Hemingway but wasn't much like him as a man... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Lance Mannion
May 15, 2015. Is this what we want, a grim, self-accusing, self-scolding, self-denying, self-abnegating, perversely and masochistically stoic, fearfully church-going citizenry, jealous, suspicious, defensively accepting of their lot in the certain, complacent, and stubborn knowledge that things could be worse without considering that they could also be better and asking why they’re not and how they could be made that way? Seems some people do and I don’t have to tell you which political party they belong to. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Lance Mannion
Updated below: Thursday morning, May 21, 2015. April 1, 2015. You probably know what I mean and I don't have to go into detail when I say there are some old couples you can tell at a glance are happily and contentedly married and have been for a long time. Even if they don't happen to be paying particular attention to each other you can see that they supplement and complement each other, how they have it all worked out to their mutual benefit and satisfaction. I was behind one of those couples in the line at the supermarket this... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Lance Mannion
Updated below: Thursday morning, May 21, 2015. April 1, 2015. You probably know what I mean and I don't have to go into detail when I say there are some old couples you can tell at a glance are happily and contentedly married and have been for a long time. Even if they don't happen to be paying particular attention to each other you can see that they supplement and complement each other, how they have it all worked out to their mutual benefit and satisfaction. I was behind one of those couples in the line at the supermarket this... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Lance Mannion
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April 11, 2015. You’ve been watching Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, haven’t you? Tina Fey and co-creator Richard Carlock’s new series starring Ellie Kemper as a young woman recently rescued from the clutches of a cult leader who kept her and three other women prisoner in an underground bunker for fifteen years? You’ve been watching it? Of course you have. You’re a person of intelligence, discernment, and taste. You know it’s one of the funniest sitcoms to debut since Fey’s last one, 30 Rock. Probably you’re done watching. You binge-watched your way through Season 1 right after it premiered. Took you... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Saw The Avengers: Age of Ultron Sunday. Mrs M’s traditional Mother’s Day treat of a superhero movie. Working on my review but in the meantime, thought I’d repost my review of the first Avengers movie. The Captain America and Thor sequels and the second Avengers hadn’t been given their subtitles yet when I wrote the review. _____________________________________________ Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America square off in The Avengers in accordance with the rule that no superheroes can meet for the first time without getting into a fight so that fans have more fuel for their endless debates over who would... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Lance Mannion
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Because the internet is forever, I spent some time yesterday revising and copyediting a six year old post, my review of Pirate Radio from spring of 2009. Actually, it didn’t need that much work. Just a bit of polishing. Reads pretty well, I think, and it wasn’t a bad little movie. ________________________________________ Because it's set in Great Britain in 1966, Pirate Radio,also known as The Boat That Rocked, inadvertently raises and unsatisfactorily answers the question What was rock and roll rebelling against if it wasn’t the Vietnam War? Rock and roll pre-dates the anti-war movement by well over a decade---even... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Lance Mannion
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April 23, 2015. Last class meeting of the semester this afternoon and I did something that added to whatever little bit of good I've done in my time in front of a classroom beyond saving that marriage back in Indiana all those years ago. I showed a movie. "Of course you did, professor," I hear those of you who've been paying attention and taking notes chiming in. "Wasn't the course built around watching and writing about movies?" Very good, class. Give yourself an A for the day. But the good was in the particular movie I showed. Plan for today... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Lance Mannion
From NPR's pop culture blogger, Linda Holmes: Sometimes, screaming at yourself to write is like screaming at a bird to land on you. You're exhausting yourself AND making it worse.— Linda Holmes (@nprmonkeysee) April 14, 2015 Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Lance Mannion
C.S. Lewis fan: "I'd like to visit Narnia." Tolkien fan: "I'd like to live in Middle-Earth." George R.R. Martin fan: "Nope, I'm good." — Xeni (@xeni) April 25, 2015 Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Lance Mannion
Christina, Please don't take it personally. I'm a great admirer and dedicated reader of sports journalism and I meant this more as a criticism of political journalism. Also, on both I'm lumping in TV coverage with print and web reporting, which is probably unfair. There are problems with a lot of sports reporting, as there are problems with every profession. A big one is as I mentioned the temptation to analyze "what ifs" as if they were actualities. In the grand scheme of things, this doesn't matter that much. If Lebron James gets treated as a fictional character it doesn't hurt him and it doesn't really hurt fans. But treating Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, and the Clintons as fictional characters does real damage. One more thing. I think sports journalists on the whole are better at keeping things in perspective. This is partly because they tend to be smarter. That's not idle flattery. I believe the smarter journalists stay away from becoming political journalists and it's mostly egoists and sycophants and would-be players who get into it. But it's also partly because sports journalists have to deal with the real numbers. (Wasn't always the case.) Political journalists get away with ignoring them. Oh. One more one more thing. Sports journalists are on the whole better writers. PS. You forgot to include a link: Steelers Gab.
Got ten minutes? Do yourself a favor and watch this sampling of the Cafe Wha? House Band at work being "The Best Damn Band in New York City." Cafe Wha? Band A collection of performances from the Cafe Wha? Band!Posted by Cafe Wha? on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2015 at Lance Mannion
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April 18, 2015. Bryan Stephens, leader of the Cafe Wha? House Band with vocalist Mike Davis (left) and guitarist Amadou Gaye (right). Photo courtesy of Cafe Wha? The Cafe Wha? House Band bills itself as “The Best Damn Band in New York City.” I wouldn't know. I’m just a tourist. From what I heard last night, for a band to be better, they’d have to be the second coming of the Asbury Jukes. They'd have to be the Asbury Jukes. The music ranged across eras and styles, mixing rock, funk, blues, soul, salsa, and pop standards with recent hits, band... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2015 at Lance Mannion
Friday night at Barnes and Noble. April 24, 2015. To be as romantic a writer as Thomas McGuane you have to know what isn’t romantic as well as what is. One thing you never want to be is somebody’s homeopathic remedy: It was unclear whether Andy had a job, though he did have an office with a daybed for what he called “nooners.” Jessica didn’t learn this appalling term until she’d already experienced it, stumbling absently onto the daybed with him. Her previous affairs had been grueling, and she had promised herself not to do grueling again. She saw Andy,... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Lance Mannion
My post on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and the problem of evil and other new posts are below. But please read this before scrolling down. I'm sorry to keep this up. Please feel free to ignore this. But we've had a couple of setbacks and I just don't have another recourse until the middle of June. Thanks to all who've donated to the fundraising drive. You got us through a real crunch. I'm the world's luckiest blogger in having so many loyal and generous readers. Things are getting better for us, but it's just taking a long time and, as I've... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Lance Mannion
April 22, 2015. Honest to God knitting circle meets at our Barnes & Noble. Tonight, around 7:30, six women at varying stages of middle age, gathered around one of the larger tables with their needles, skeins, and work baskets, knitting one and purling two, while their chais and lattes grew cold. This is not your grandmother’s knitting circle. There were laptops open on the table, knitting websites showing in the browser windows, and an iPad was being handed around so that everyone could study a new and intriguing pattern. Do you follow patterns when knitting like you do when sewing?... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Lance Mannion
There are so many possible endings to this story. I hope it had one of the happy ones. Guy on his cell at McDonald’s: “That girl you met before from Florida, she tried to kill herself. That girl you met. Up from Florida for Filet del Sole in Woodstock. She tried to kill herself. She drove up here on a whim. She was manic. On the way back home she had a fight in the car with her lover.” Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Lance Mannion
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Saturday. April 25, 2015. The Post Office here in Mayberry: As you can see, it’s not much of a hike from the handicapped parking space to the front door, practically just a hop, skip, and a jump for the likes of me. But for others it might as well be a mile, uphill, over rocks. “That your car?” A brusque, accusing voice. From off to my left and a little behind. I looked over and around. And down. White-haired guy in a low-slung wheelchair. “That your car?” He said again, and again with the accusing tone. "Which one? The van?"... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2015 at Lance Mannion
Wednesday. April 29, 2015. Had a doctor’s appointment this afternoon. I almost blew it off. Too much to do. Too much else on my mind. What was he going to tell me anyway? “Well, looks like the diabetes hasn’t killed you yet. Keep up the good work.”? But I thought better of it. Would have been the third time I’d rescheduled and doctors can get persnickety about that. It’s almost as if they think they have other things to do with their time than be at my beck and call. And I was feeling sorry for myself. Here I was,... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2015 at Lance Mannion
Wednesday. April 29, 2015. Check-up went well, by the way. Blood sugar’s down. Blood pressure’s down! Weight’s down. I’m practically back in fighting trim. Ten more pounds and I’ll be ready to climb back in the ring. When we were finishing up, the doctor typing into the computer the information he needed to renew a couple of my prescriptions, I asked him, “So how are you doing?” He looked up from the keyboard with a baffled expression. “How am I doing?” he said. “Yeah. Things good with you? You’re feeling ok?” I like this doctor. He’s been treating the Mannions... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2015 at Lance Mannion
The problem is when you have to think about how you’re going to get to the door, it’s often hard to remember why you wanted to get to the door in the first place, let alone make any solid, sensible plans about what you’re going to do once you go through it. That’s the way my days go lately, and I can’t wait for the back surgery so that getting out of the house to go to the library won’t be a major struggle anymore. But it occurred to me that this is how it is for a lot of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Lance Mannion