One summer when I was in high school, I spent some time in Washington D.C. I had some experiences and learned some things and came home to Colorado wit…
Perhaps my favorite scene in Under the Volcano comes when Geoffrey Firmin (played by Albert Finney), erstwhile British diplomat and full-time paramour …
When I first sat down to start writing about Hopscotch, Ronald Neame's enchanting spy caper from 1980, I thought I was going to begin by offering some …
Our topic today is labyrinths. Our guides are Jorge Luis Borges, a Twentieth Century Argentinian writer and perhaps the greatest spelunker of the narra…
As I mentioned in last week's note, I have just returned from spending some time away from the clutching tentacles of civilization. I was up in the woo…
Dear Reader - As you read this, I’m ensconced in a lodgepole pine forest at 11,000 feet in Colorado, with no cell or internet service. The air is clean…
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the adjective "sentimental" came into use in the middle of the 18th Century, meaning "characterized by sent…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…