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#MyKindOfBenedy from my own catalog: Gambling on a hundred “Rocky” stories in Las Vegas.

Pulling a hundred “Rocky” stories out of one broke gambler.The Willie stories are full of movies. Not all of them are benedies, of course – I’ve only been thinking this way for four years, and I’ve only had the terms benedy and maledy … Continue reading

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Dear binge-TV-programmers: A series like “Thriving through Harvey” would hold my attention.

“You and what army, Harvey?”I hate serial fiction – franchise movies, series TV, multi-book sagas. That’s funny, considering that I’ve written at least a hundred stories about a serial character – Brother Willie. Even so, serial fiction bores me pretty … Continue reading

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Sympathy for the underfathered: How the right art will cultivate better lives for our children.

I have good news: The world outside your mind is a a glorious paradise of infinite possibilities. The right kind of art will show you – and your children, and everyone’s children – how to see it that way from … Continue reading

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The persistence of grinding: ‘The Founder’ on Netflix is a fun business movie about family.

I wouldn’t call ‘The Founder’ a benedy. More like a docu-drama – with Dogberry. The business model stuff is excellent, Shark Tank with a plot. The family dynamics is right up my street: Ray Kroc builds an empire while breaking … Continue reading

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When Kate became Nora: “Calm down, get married, have kids, cultivate joy.”

A woman’s place is in the home –as CEO of a staff of dozens.What would be Act IV of Kate and Leopold? Act I of A Doll’s House. And when Nora Helmer finally gets everything she’s been shaling for – … Continue reading

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Free to a good home: A fun, easy plug-’n’-play best-seller kid-lit franchise.

What your kids need most from their bedtime story is what you bring to it even without the story, but you can bring the right kind of stories to your children even if no one has written them down in … Continue reading

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#MyKindOfBenedy: Notes on a reconciliation with satire.

Just when you thought nothing could be more enduringly funny than the shopping mall choo-choo train itself…1. As always, comedy is a misleading term, since you can make fun of people either as farce or as satire. 2. That comes … Continue reading

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