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Joshua Braff
Joshua Braff is the author of three novels: The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green and Peep Show and the upcoming The Daddy Diaries , May 2015.

Entries by Joshua Braff

AC/DC's Rhythm Rock Hero Malcolm Young Ends His Career

(86) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 6:51 PM

Our tickets are in the rafters. Row XYZ. It's 1980 in the Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. My older brother is a senior in high school and I'm a freshman. His friend has a van and a warm six pack of Milwaukee's Best. I reluctantly drink mine...

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Hanukkah, The Blue Team

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 7:59 AM

As a ferociously reluctant Yeshiva boy in the 1970s, I thought Hanukkah was without a doubt the most joyous time of the year. Unlike the four hundred and twelve other Jewish holidays that surround it on the Hebrew calendar, the festival of lights used to arrive like a life raft...

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Actor Bobby Cannavale Works With His Heroes, Pacino & Woody Allen

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 7:03 AM

Photographer Annie Leibovitz likes to shoot rock bands just after they've walked off stage. She says it's to capture the instant, the thrill and utter exhaustion of the achievement, the crowd still roaring nearby. As I listen to actor Bobby Cannavale speak of his life in theatre, movies and TV,...

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11 Nominations for Life of Pi and This Time Producer Gil Netter Is Ready

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 5:56 PM

When the phone rang at 5:30 a.m. to celebrate his film The Blind Side, producer Gil Netter was asleep.

"I thought someone had died."

His 2009 hit movie had been nominated for an Academy Award, and he wasn't expecting it. Yesterday morning the calls flooded-in again, but this...

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Some Empathy for Eddie Vedder

(13) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 9:47 AM

Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder ended his latest solo tour Tuesday night in Clearwater, Fla., where a packed audience tried to sit still and be quiet. Mr. Vedder and his warm-up act on this tour, singer/songwriter Glen Hansard, were gun-shy after disruptive shows in Miami and Jacksonville where audience chatter...

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On the Topic of GREATNESS

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 11:18 AM

Muhammad Ali was the GREATEST of all time, at punching men into unconsciousness. Michael Jordan for human flight, Gretzky for hockey, The Babe for hitting, Julia Child for sautéing. Rampal for flute. The GREATEST live performance on television was easily Barbara Streisand and Neil Diamond, "You Don't Bring Me Flowers,"...

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100 Years Ago, A Man Named Claus Took a Titanic Ride

(3) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 5:23 PM

Last week, I saw a billboard for Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. A full-scale traveling exhibit that featured actual artifacts from the kitchen shelves and personal closets of the Titanic. Cool. My mom's in town, we'll take the kids, sounds unique. We hear they have an actual iceberg, you can touch...

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The Giants Win the Pennant, The Giants Win the Pennant -- So Why Am I Crying?

(4) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 3:19 PM

I can't believe I care this much. Weeping at the sight of Marco Scutaro as he and his family accept the MVP award for the National League Championship Series? In truth, I've won nothing. I get no trophy, make no money, receive no kudos. No child was born, no lottery...

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Obama and A-Rod Visit the Carnival

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 2:50 PM

Struggling to sleep after a night of debates and post-season baseball. Undecided is right. Why do the pundits focus on Alex Rodriguez's slump and not Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera. Or the fact that Jason Verlander uses five pitches at varying speeds including a 99mph fastball he delivers just before...

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Baseball as Oxygen -- Another Year in Bloom

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 2:46 PM

It's Baseball season again. The cable guy on the phone says I can see every professional game in the United States. He calls it a "buffet of pro-hardball," and I begin to see what he means, flipping my new remote higher and higher. Channel one thousand, four hundred and thirty-one?...

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Prison Grass

(159) Comments | Posted November 9, 2011 | 12:49 PM

The man being interviewed on TV was a killer, but I knew him because of baseball. In '07 I'd just become the new center-fielder for the Berkeley Baron's, an amateur team of ex-college level players. The San Quentin game against the prisoners was optional. It sounded like a story to...

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