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‘Network’ redux, starring Bernie and Barack


Bernie Sanders met with Barack Obama at the White House today. I’m picturing the scene in Network (only slightly altered here) where Mr. Jensen lectures Howard Beale on how the real world works: You are an old man who thinks in terms of nations and peoples. There are … Continue reading

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Lumet’s gone, but ‘Network’ is forever


Reading of Sidney Lumet’s death, I thought of Al Pacino chanting “Attica! Attica!” to rouse the rabble in Dog Day Afternoon; of Henry Fonda, with Obama-like cool, shrugging off Lee J. Cobb’s bully tactics in Twelve Angry Men; of Jerry … Continue reading

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We’re mad as hell, Friedman!


Our enemies are not our friends. The world is not flat. Thomas Friedman is a widely read pundit and an optimistic chap. Wrong most of the time, but optimistic, and very thorough in explaining the madness of U.S. foreign policy. … Continue reading

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