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Monthly Archives: August 2016

Dar at the Doctor’s Office

August 3, 2016, 10:59 am

My father is suffering from early-stage dementia. He fell a few weeks ago and landed in the hospital for nine days. I learned of it on day six, when the social worker, in desperation, googled me and called St. Mary’s College (where I work). St. Mary’s called me in the middle of Dar’s afternoon session. I interrupted session and put Dar in the car and we drove to the Fairfield hospital. And that leads me to the subject of today’s […]

Stronger “Things”

August 1, 2016, 4:39 pm

Stranger Things takes a big, wet, deicing-salt-saturated bath in 1980s nostalgia and comes out…well, covered in slime, but squeaky-clean. SPOILERS. The New York Times wrote “Stranger Things doesn’t wear its influences on its sleeve so much as knit an entire suit of them.” No argument here, but at least the show is smart enough to confess to what it’s doing. Of the many “meta,” self-reflexive moments, I particularly enjoyed the graffiti on the movie marquee, not because of the bullying, […]