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Boo Darley

July 28, 2020, 1:12 pm

Well, Dar’s brother has now been taught to see his own brother as Boo Radley. He’s 8. Too early, too late, or too white-saviory? This may be the first time I’ve mentioned this here, but I have kind of an awesome new website, bestlovedfilms.com, doing something a little different, essentially serving as the Louvre of cinema…with podcasts! I think you’ll love it and you should check it out. But I mention it here because as part of prep for it,
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Sorry

July 24, 2020, 10:28 am

Thanks fans for checking in here. Combination of coronavirus and scrambling for jobs has left me without enough time to update here. Just one more thing disrupted by this unusual time in American life. But like our national life, this blog will improve again at some point. Thanks for keeping the faith. Share this post

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Treading Water

July 17, 2020, 10:42 am

That’s what we’re doing right now. Thanks for checking in. I have what I think is a great idea for a post but no time to write it this week. See you next time. Share this post

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Monterey Without The Big Little Lies

July 9, 2020, 11:40 am

I’ve been a little short with the blog. I’ve been a little short with Dar. Well, he is a little short, although the “cute” years are going away very quickly. Last week we went to Monterey. It wasn’t an easy decision, but the universe seemed to be telling us to leave town. Dar’s home therapist canceled for the week, to be picked up Monday. R’s summer camp was canceled for the week, to begin on Monday. Electricians were replacing all
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Scary Epiphany

July 2, 2020, 8:38 am

You ever have one of those epiphanies where it’s like “WHY didn’t anyone tell me this?” I mean, I read the literature, I read the email chains, I see the movies and shows so…why hasn’t this come up?! The other week I mentioned to you that my wife and I deserve Olympic Gold Medals for the fact that Dar has never gotten lost. He’s never run into the street. Our house is on a busy street. Remember, if he goes
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SO much…

June 25, 2020, 2:25 pm

…that I’m not talking about right now. Tomorrow the plan is, for the first time in 2020, to bring Dar to the beach to play with other kids. We’ll see how it goes. Also tomorrow wife and I are trying to go to a restaurant for the first time since March. I’ll report back next week! Stay safe everyone. Share this post

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True Loop

June 19, 2020, 11:53 am

I rarely talk about it here, but we watch autism-related movies and shows. I often think about Dar’s brother, who I refer to here as R, and his relationship with Dar. I see how it is now, and I wonder how it will be when, in the course of normal events, Irena and I are dead and R has to manage Dar’s life by himself. R and I recently watched Pixar’s new short cartoon Loop, which the company is promoting
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Year of Uncertainty

June 11, 2020, 11:02 am

“Introduced first in 1927 by the German physicist Werner Heisenberg, the uncertainty principle states that the more precisely the position of some particle is determined, the less precisely its momentum can be predicted from initial conditions, and vice versa. “In quantum mechanics, the uncertainty principle (also known as Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle) is any of a variety of mathematical inequalities[1] asserting a fundamental limit to the precision with which the values for certain pairs of physical quantities of a particle, such as position, x, and momentum, p, can be predicted from initial conditions.” –
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Na Na Na Na, Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Hey

June 4, 2020, 1:55 pm

I’ve created a monster. A monster of regression? Dar’s latest thing is coming up to me and saying “nuh” in an apparent effort to get me to say “no” in response. Is this as bad as a global pandemic or systemic racism? No, but others are better positioned to speak about those. How did this latest thing start? Well, it started because Dar asks for things. I sometimes refuse those things. I try to refuse in the nicest possible way.
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Shining

May 28, 2020, 8:15 am

Sometimes in my job as a film professor, the topic arises: why show certain things at all? For example, does any movie really need even a discreet rape scene? Why not just a title card that says “a rape happened” and move on? Why did anyone ever make The Human Centipede? Why show certain things, aren’t they only gonna give us nightmares? This is also known as My Mother’s General Case Against All Horror Movies. These days, I am so
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