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Joan Rivers: My Hero and My Cautionary Tale

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 9:48 PM

Excerpted from Actor. Writer. Whatever. (essays on my rise to the top of the bottom of the entertainment industry), chapter entitled "Just Say No . . . or the Curious Case of Joan Rivers."

...Joan Rivers. Many think of her as someone whose only talent lies in sustaining...
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Methadone for the TV-Binge-Watcher: What to Watch While Waiting for the Next 'Hit'

(4) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 6:42 PM

Recently I was a guest on WNPR's Colin McEnroe Show in an ongoing segment entitled "The Scramble." In defiance of public radio logic, each week they have a "super-guest" select topics versus having topics dictate the guest.

The subjects I chose were the profitability...

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The Color of Money: Inclusive Casting Proves Profitable

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 12:57 PM

Remember college? All those late nights you whiled away debating topics ranging from geopolitics to burrito fillings? If you were lucky, you were that guy or gal who effortlessly won any and every verbal joust, not the one who suffered routine pummeling -- even when you were an expert on...

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Who's More Cray-Cray -- Richard Cohen or the Washington Post?

(6) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 2:13 PM

I wanted to give Richard Cohen the benefit of the doubt. I really did. As a writer, I know the break-neck pace of deadlines and Twitter and the volume of stuff zooming across our editors' desks gives little time for anyone to process information -- never mind form...

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Waiting For The Next 'Wow' in Independent Film

(4) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 5:37 PM

The laminate on my driver's license was still warm as I took the two-lane blacktop leading out of suburbia and onto the onramp of US Highway 91. My knuckles turned white clamped at the proper "ten and two" position. The only sounds louder than my pounding heart were...

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