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‘Red Tails,’ a blockbuster version of the Tuskegee Airmen story, fails to soar according to The Post’s Milloy

The reviews for ‘Red Tail’ fly all over the place. Some praise the George Lucas production for putting the Tuskegee Airman at the center of a stirring World War II narrative, something rare in the movies. Others are critical of … Continue reading

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The Washington Post’s Michael Dirda on David Bellos’ book: A good review of an intriguing book

Writing a good book review takes a special blend of talents. First, some expertise in the subject matter helps. Second, it takes a bit of humility. (Too many people think that a book review about someone else’s work should be … Continue reading

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‘Moneyball’: Yet another movie that plays fast and loose with the facts

Once again, some of the creative geniuses of Hollywood have shown us that when it comes to true stories, the drama, passion, richness and humor of real life are never good enough. Unfortunately, this will ever be so. Many of … Continue reading

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‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’: Rebecca Skloot’s lessons on how great non-fiction should be written

I hate it when book reviewers (they do this all the time) heap what is in their mind praise on a work of non-fiction by saying, breathlessly, “it reads like a novel!” Oh, thanks. Great. This is just shorthand for … Continue reading

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Literary (and other) late bloomers: analyzed by Malcolm Gladwell, Part 3

The difference, I suppose, between prodigies and late bloomers is that the latter are basically lazy, unfocused procrastinators. Ha, ha! Just kidding! As a budding late bloomer, I like to start things out with some self-deprecating humor. It lightens the … Continue reading

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New York Post lies to get its dirty scoops; Innocent victim of “Tabloid-gate” scam sez “It’s pure slop.”

As I read the article by the Washington Post’s┬ámedia reporter, Paul Farhi, my temperature began to rise. It described how Reuven Fenton, alleged reporter for the notorious tabloid, New York Post, deceived a woman to get information for a meaningless … Continue reading

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Literary late bloomers: better late.., Part 2

Normally, I skip the obits, but every now and then the story of a life catches my eye, stirs my feelings. Sometimes, I will read the story of a stranger’s life, and I feel a certain kinship because I recognize … Continue reading

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