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San Diego Comic Con 2016, The Possible, and The Era of Reduced Stars

The Oscars don’t matter. The Emmys don’t matter. San Diego Comic-Con is all that matters. As someone who spends at least three months of every year thinking and writing about the award-worthy films that become grist for the Oscar race, it pained me to write the previous sentence. But it’s true. Today I want to talk about why that truth is great, why it’s bad, and why that’s different from how things were just fifteen years ago. First, the great
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Autism

If That Don’t Suit You, That’s a Drag…School’s Out for Summer

It’s hot in California. Which means the grass is always greener…in some land that exists partly in our imagination. Dar is having a summer. For him that means taking off his clothes whenever possible and “tee-tee-teeing” around our backyard and our lanai (that’s “deck” if you don’t speak Hawaiian), where lucky passersby can frequently see all of him – and I mean all of him. Wifey’s concern is that he spends a lot of time “tee-tee-teeing” when I could be
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Populism

The Alternate-Reality Republican National Convention (Face It Liberal Tigers: You Just Hit the Jackpot)

In three of four nights, the Republican National Convention has gone almost exactly the way the Democrats would have scripted it. In the past, people have suggested that Donald Trump is actually a Manchurian Candidate working to get Hillary Clinton elected. If that’s true, there could be no greater evidence than the first three-fourths of #RNCinCLE. Many, including the estimable David Gergen this week on CNN, called Trump’s ascension to the official nomination a “hostile takeover” of the party. Certainly, the
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