According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the adjective "sentimental" came into use in the middle of the 18th Century, meaning "characterized by sentiment," or "affected by or showing emotion rather than reason." By the end of that century, the word was already being used as a…
There's a certain kind of basketball fan who gets enraged at free throw shooting. They complain every time a player goes to the line and misses one, er…
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Several weeks ago, I tried to articulate some of the despair that can infuse Hollywood, both for people who've had success here and for those who haven…
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A touchstone, I’ve just learned after using the word for many years without ever managing to investigate its derivation, is a piece of dark siliceous r…
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A friend of mine here in L.A. tells a story about when he first arrived in the city, intent on making his way in Hollywood as a writer. He was bright-e…
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Last week, I put down some ideas about the ways in which cinema (and all art, I should add) communicates, and some of the things it tries to communicat…
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At the beginning of Federico Fellini's 8 1/2, a man stuck in a traffic jam climbs out of his car and floats away up into the clouds. In the final third…
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"Tragedy is when I cut my finger," Mel Brooks once reputedly said. "Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die." Besides the fact that it's fun…
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