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The Hagio-Warts Metric

In the last few weeks, the entertainment press (if that’s a thing) has been debating movies that are historical fiction, more specifically the appropriate proportions of “historical” and “fiction.” Lurking behind this debate is another issue: how much does, or should, a biopic glorify its central subjects? If you choose to make a movie about, say, Mark David Chapman, the assassin of John Lennon (as Jared Leto and Lindsey Lohan did), does the basic three-act, protagonist-following structure of filmmaking dictate
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Autism

The Fix Dar Years

So, this blog began about a year ago, when Dar was four, and I believe I used perhaps two one-thousand-word entries catching you up with what had happened with Dar prior to the time of the blog. In the year since, I have sometimes asked myself: have I really explained what life was like in the months leading up to, and after, his formal diagnosis? Have I really talked about his third and fourth years, and the constant efforts and
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Populism

Yay for 4. Diversity. Boo for 5. “Gotcha” Diversity-Shaming

I keep thinking, what if John Kerry had become president? I mean, yes, Al Gore makes the better counter-factual, considering he won the popular vote by more than 500,000 votes. But the 2004 election was also close. If the news about Abu Ghraib had broken not in April 2004, but six months later, who knows? If Hurricane Katrina had come a year earlier? I think that in 50 years, the Obama presidency will be remembered for five things: 1) sort-of-universal
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