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Monthly Archives: May 2015

Dar’s brother turns 3

May 6, 2015, 2:21 pm

Do you have two kids? Ever do the math to figure out the exact day when the younger one would be half the age of the older one? It’s kind of like charting when Mars is closest to Earth. For us, it was December 5, 2014. I didn’t bother to mention it here at the time, but that little moment meant something to me. I could already see R “passing” Dar in so many of his milestones. Part of me
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The Force versus The Ten-Year Rule Against Sequels

May 4, 2015, 11:06 am

For the first time since someone made up Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You: get it?), the Skywalker franchise looks like it’s walking on sunshine. Vanity Fair has a splashy article out today and people are changing their profile pics to Leia in anticipation of a female lead who might, unlike Queen Amidala, say something like “Get this walking carpet off of me!” For the first time since Episode I came out in 1999, Star Wars fans aren’t
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Then, Now, Going Forward

May 1, 2015, 11:47 am

What a week. If only history had something to tell us about riots. Oh wait…it does. This semester, I taught an introductory Communications Course at a small 4-year college here in the Bay Area. One of this semester’s required texts was Anna Deavere Smith’s “Twilight,” which has nothing to do with teenage vampires. Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 is the book based on Smith’s astonishing one-woman show (which I was lucky enough to see in person, way back when) in which
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