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왕과의 만남 | 무하마드 알리를 추모하며

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 6:00 PM

2001년 2월, 리들리 스콧의 '한니발' 뉴욕 시사 후 크레딧이 올라갈 때 뉴욕 공립 도서관의 애스터 홀에서 열린 애프터 파티에 참석하려고 나는 마구 달려갔다. 나는 내 친구이자 우상인 앤소니 홉킨스와 포옹하고 키스하려고 온 것이었다. 그곳은 직원들 말고는 텅 비어 있었다. 그러나 몇 분 안에 다른 사람들도 들어왔다. 어두운 먼 곳을 바라보고...

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Meeting the King

(6) Comments | Posted June 5, 2016 | 3:54 PM

After the New York premiere of Ridley Scott's Hannibal, in February of 2001, I bolted during the credits to dash over to the after-party, which was held in Astor Hall at the New York Public Library. I had come to hug and kiss my friend and idol, Anthony Hopkins. The...

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Vertice sul clima, a Parigi l'occasione per ritrovare la speranza

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 3:13 AM

Il mio cuore è pesante dopo gli orripilanti attentati di Parigi. La perdita di vite innocenti e le odiose ambizioni di questo gruppo profondamente perverso potrebbero distrarre l'attenzione dai movimenti che vanno in direzione della pace, dell'uguaglianza e della giustizia nel mondo.

Uno di questi appuntamenti è ormai alle porte,...

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Finding Hope When We Need It Most

(30) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 5:18 PM

My heart is heavy following the horrific attacks in Paris.

The loss of innocent lives and the hateful ambitions of this deeply misguided group have the potential to distract from movements for peace, equality and justice in the world.

One such movement is just around the corner, and it is...

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David Letterman: TV's Greatest Host

(114) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 8:03 AM

As a kid growing up in the 60's and 70's, I stayed up late and watched a lot of the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. During the day, there was Mike Douglas and Merv Griffin. There was Dinah Shore and Della Reese. Joey Bishop had his show and Dick Cavett...

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Two Requests in Light of Recent Events

(1450) Comments | Posted November 16, 2013 | 9:50 AM

I think it is important to note, in light of recent events, a couple of clarifications.

One is that I never used the word faggot in the tape recording being offered as evidence against me. What word is said right after the other choice word I use is unclear. But...

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A Public Farewell to Julie Harris

(54) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 11:04 AM

I wanted to take the opportunity to say a public farewell to Julie Harris.

Just a few weeks ago, someone who had been a friend and caregiver to Julie in these past few years told me that, although her health had spiraled downward for some time, she was in no...

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The Right Candidate for New York Mayor

(420) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 12:01 AM

It certainly is unfortunate, for all involved, that Anthony Weiner's personal dilemma has hijacked the mayoralty race in New York. This election, in my opinion, is a pivotal one for New York, as the City struggles to redefine itself while climbing out from under the suffocating barrage of Michael Bloomberg's...

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Broadway n'est plus ce qu'il était

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 10:23 AM

Notre production des Orphelins de Lyle Kessler à Broadway s'achèvera le dimanche 19 mai, bien plus tôt que sa fin initialement programmée au 30 juin. Je n'avais pas joué dans une grosse production sur Broadway depuis Un tramway nommé Désir en 1992, ayant choisi pour mes quatre derniers spectacles de...

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How Broadway Has Changed

(191) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 10:43 AM

Our Broadway production of Lyle Kessler's Orphans will close on Sunday, May 19th, well in advance of its scheduled end-of-run on June 30th. I have not acted in a legit show on Broadway since A Streetcar Named Desire in 1992, having chosen the not-for-profit route on Broadway or regional for...

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The Mighty Quinnberg

(474) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 12:09 PM

How do I convey this without offending the gay community, or women who are supportive of more women in politics, or those who believe that Michael Bloomberg was a great mayor for New York? It may be impossible, but here goes.

Christine Quinn is not qualified to be mayor of...

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L'Amérique peut-elle retrouver sa grandeur?

(5) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 10:23 AM

Quand j'étais à l'université, il y a longtemps, j'ai étudié la présidence américaine. À l'université de Georges Washington, en 1976, la direction étudiante, l'Association d'étudiants de GWU, se réunissaient de nouveau après avoir été dissoute par l'université sur demande de la CIA, au plus fort des manifestations contre...

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Can America Be Great Again?

(2697) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 11:14 PM

When I attended college, a long time ago, I studied the American Presidency. At George Washington University in 1976, the student government, the GWU Student Association, had reconvened after being disbanded by the school at the request of the CIA during the height of anti-Vietnam protests on campuses across the...

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The Truth About Fracking

(1706) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 7:05 AM

In a recent post here, I described an event that I produced in Syracuse, New York, which brought together disparate anti-fracking groups for a screening of Josh Fox's documentary film Gasland. As one would expect, among the readers who posted here there was a strong level of both...

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Fracking: What Cuomo Won't (or Can't) Tell You

(1265) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 2:53 PM

On Saturday, June 2, 2012, I hosted a screening of Josh Fox's documentary film, Gasland, at the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse, New York. After the film, I moderated a panel that included Fox, Kate Hudson from Waterkeeper Alliance, ecologist and author Sandra Steingraber and Cornell University engineering professor Dr. Anthony...

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Why Bloomberg Is Right

(2599) Comments | Posted June 1, 2012 | 1:30 PM

I think Mayor Michael Bloomberg is right. At least in spirit. The need to understand and then decisively act upon the latest findings regarding sugar consumption, diabetes, overall nutritional guidelines and policies, and the public health crisis created by the U.S. obesity epidemic is urgent. This is true for both...

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Rest in Peace, Maurice Sendak

(146) Comments | Posted May 10, 2012 | 10:22 AM

Around four years ago, I met a broker at a Greenwich Village building to see an apartment. The unit was a bit smaller than what I'd wanted, but both the location and the building itself were excellent. There were two units to the floor. and I asked the broker if...

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Fighting Child Trafficking

(48) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 12:04 PM

Here is a letter to me from Rob Morris, just back from a recent trip on behalf of his child trafficking rescue organization, Love 146.

My interview with Rob is podcasting on my WNYC show, "Here's The Thing," beginning Monday.

Dear Alec,

Just got in from my trip...

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An Addendum to My Flying Lesson

(298) Comments | Posted December 8, 2011 | 10:50 AM

People posting here pose the question, "Why do I believe I need to be treated differently from other passengers?"

My answer is "I don't." So, why was everyone else on that flight using a phone and I was the only one hectored about that? Twice.

Sometimes one can...

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My Flying Lesson

(2823) Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 4:45 PM

First off, I would like to apologize to the other passengers onboard the American Airlines flight that I was thrown off of yesterday. It was never my intention to inconvenience anyone with my "issue" with a certain flight attendant.

I suppose a part of my frustration lay with the fact...

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