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Books Come and Go, but Movies Are Forever

(3) Comments | Posted April 26, 2010 | 11:30 AM

Many years ago I shot a feature length motion picture in just over a week. In the time since then I have worked on many books, as publisher, coach, packager and author. Until a few days ago, I had always assumed that my movies would come and go, but books...

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The Long Republican Nightmare Begins: Democare

(26) Comments | Posted March 21, 2010 | 9:22 PM

With the passage of health care insurance reform finally assured, the Democrats face the next huge hurdle. And this one may be even more important than finally passing the massively complex and politically perilous legislation. The time has come to name whatever this thing is so the Democrats can frame...

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Jeffrey Fox -- The Greatest Blogger Who Never Blogged

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2010 | 12:35 PM

Typical scene: An eager business consultant has finally decided to make the commitment and write their business book. They hope the book will be represented by a top agent, sold to a major publisher, and will make them wildly famous and successful.

The consultant leans closer to me to tell...

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NY Times Book Review Offers Brutal Starvation Diet

(5) Comments | Posted March 1, 2010 | 10:57 AM

What a morning. Trudged three miles out and three miles back just to get the Sunday N.Y. Times in a blizzard. The dog nearly froze to death. The return trip's the hardest part, since I'm carrying the heavy paper. It's crazy, schlepping all those ads back to my house when...

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The Day I Saved the BBC

(2) Comments | Posted February 21, 2010 | 3:07 PM

I like to be able to turn on the radio and have classical music be there. With the disappearance of classical radio in general around the U.S. I was listening to radio less and less. Then came XM satellite and for awhile we really enjoyed classical in the car, although...

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Excuse Me, But That Nuclear Plant Has Its Hand On Your Wallet

(7) Comments | Posted February 17, 2010 | 3:54 PM

One way to think about an important choice you're about to make is to ask, "What's the worst thing that could happen?"

So let's say you're considering putting up a huge solar panel farm in the middle of Georgia. And I mean really huge, like 8 billion dollars huge. The...

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Toyota Brings Perfection To Corporate Meltdown

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2010 | 12:44 PM

Edwards Deming would be so proud. The man who endowed the Japanese with a passion for quality after the Second World War might appreciate the level of perfection his protégé Toyota now brings to the fine art of corporate self-destruction. At every step of the way Toyota has outperformed all...

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Vet Option Pushes Healthcare Debate in Radical New Direction

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2010 | 6:55 PM

With the possibility that the health insurance reform bill may be headed for a reconciliation committee, reliable sources in the White House and elsewhere are acknowledging that the rumors about the so-called "vet option" have some basis in fact.

The "vet option" is short for veterinary option, the radical compromise...

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New York Times Leads Call To Illiteracy -- Will Shrink Allowable Vocabulary

(23) Comments | Posted February 1, 2010 | 5:38 PM

Years ago, Fortune magazine ran a powerful advertising campaign with the slogan, "There's nothing harder to stop than a trend." Trends are indeed mighty. But what if things are trending the wrong way? Can a trend be slowed or reversed?

This country has been on a stupid vector for a...

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The Supreme Court Makes The Supreme Sacrifice: Jim Lehrer Goes First

(2) Comments | Posted January 26, 2010 | 11:15 AM

Sonogram machines arrive in every town and hamlet in China. The unintended consequence? Female birthrates plunge as parents heed early warnings. Craig Newmark starts his little email list in 1995 about what's going on for friends in San Francisco. Unintended consequence 10 years later: the death of the American newspaper...

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Time For The Big Guns

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2010 | 5:33 PM

Near San Francisco in the town of Vallejo, there's an old street that was part of the Naval shipyard established in the 1800s called Magazine. In New Orleans, there's a six-mile thoroughfare called Magazine Street. These are the ancient streets where magazines of supplies were kept, storehouses for emergencies. On...

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City Lights Becomes a Waxworks

(1) Comments | Posted January 4, 2010 | 2:38 PM

She seemed like what you might call 'a nice person.' He seemed decent enough, too. His voice a tad too loud, but not meaning to be obnoxious. They were just enjoying the days between Christmas and New Years, chatting, flirting, browsing the new non-fiction cases at City Lights. Multitasking ran...

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JFK Photo A Fake

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2009 | 5:47 PM

The TMZ "never-before" published photo of JFK which someone kept in a drawer and managed to conveniently mangle for more than 50 years turns out to be of questionable provenance. The original photo, still in excellent condition, was found among the personal family notebooks of none other than the daughter...

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Fearless Predictions for 2010 and Other Magical Thinking

(18) Comments | Posted December 28, 2009 | 5:46 PM

William Safire passed away this year, and with him, the hope for another slew of his year-end prognostications. As an insider's insider he would frequently predict Israeli-Arab detente, Henry Kissinger's return to the State Department and Richard Nixon's final vindication. Of course, since much of his insider's knowledge came straight...

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Awash In A Sea Of Memes

(10) Comments | Posted December 23, 2009 | 3:43 PM

Frank Rich gets it right more often than not, and his column in the Times last Sunday swept the entire decade into a neat little dustpan and dumped it in the garbage. His insight is that Tiger Woods is truly the person of the decade, a fraud capping...

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Obama vs Lieberman: A Failure To Smite

(3) Comments | Posted December 17, 2009 | 3:31 PM

When the false prophets of Baal challenged Elijah's God to a fight to the finish and lost, Elijah's God did not merely pick up the people of Israel and march them off to the promised land. His actual command to the Israelites, after the Baalist priest had failed in their...

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Obama's Nobel Speech Cut to Gettysburg Length... Almost

(2) Comments | Posted December 14, 2009 | 3:32 PM

My, how times have changed. Just imagine how things were at Gettysburg when Lincoln ambled over to the rostrum. Most likely, someone in the crowd pulled a pocket watch out of his vest and wound the stem, inadvertently inventing the term for a long speech. But it was not to...

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Caviar Latkes

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2009 | 9:37 PM

We had found it was getting increasingly difficult to get too worked up over Hanukkah. We'd hit that time in our lives when the kids were grown up and there weren't any grandchildren yet. We still wanted to do something for Hanukkah (any excuse to get together for a brisket...

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Borders Grasps at Circuit City Gameplan

(12) Comments | Posted December 3, 2009 | 6:51 PM

"Can you help me find that new book on corporate seppuku?"

The Borders clerk wanted to be helpful. "You might find it in business." She thought a moment. "Or in our suicide section."

"Thanks. Did you folks really get rid of your New Non-Fiction table?"

I had noticed about a...

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Sarah Palin Snags Ziggy Honors

(14) Comments | Posted November 25, 2009 | 1:13 PM

I had abandoned my plans to buy Sarah Palin's autobiography. You know how it is -- you hear about what is likely to be a great book and you get all ready to read it, but you don't quite pay attention to what day it's going to come out, and...

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