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Entries by Marty Kaplan from 07/2009

The Importance of Being Michael

| Posted 07.06.2009 | Media

As stories go, the tragedy of Michael Jackson has everything: death, mystery, celebrity, pop, money, custody, revenge, sex and drugs. You can't blame audiences for being addicted.

Cheney Meant Well

| Posted 07.13.2009 | Politics

Criminal law says that facts aren't enough to establish guilt. There also has to be mens rea -- a guilty mind. Here's the best I can do on Cheney's behalf: He meant well and he knew better.

My Daughter, the Best-Selling Novelist

| Posted 07.27.2009 | Entertainment

By the way, have I mentioned that my daughter's novel is a bestseller? Hancock Park by Isabel Kaplan has now made it onto the Los Angeles Times hardback fiction bestseller list for two weeks running.

The Best Speech I Ever Wrote

| Posted 07.30.2009 | Politics

I'll never forget the moment when Mondale finished delivering the speech. I'd been told that the most we could hope for was a smattering of polite applause; instead, there was a sustained standing ovation.