THAT’S NOT FUNNY

What constitutes humor today?  What is funny?  Is Aristophenes still funny?  Is Buster Keaton?  Milton Berle?  Richard Pryor?  Is there something intrinsically timeless about comedy…or does it vary with cultural trends and contextual world events?  Must a joke ‘travel well’, from culture to culture, to be genuinely comedic? I love to laugh, I think everyone… Continue reading THAT’S NOT FUNNY

GUIDANCE

VAGINA MONOLOGUE I watched the above theater piece this afternoon, taped months ago.  It was not at all what I’d anticipated.  I discovered (perhaps this should NOT have surprised me, given my sexual past) that many women, if not most, have a somewhat negative relationship and perception of their vagina.  So much of male and… Continue reading GUIDANCE

BLOODS

Finally was able to screen DA 5 BLOODS. Not all of it was the Vietnam I remember but much of it truly WAS. BLOODS has immediately been placed within my top five of PLATOON, APOCOLYPSE, DEER HUNTER and 84 CHARLEY MOPIC. It is a Spike Lee Joint and of course gets political. At times, organically;… Continue reading BLOODS

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STELLA

I just wrote my heart out for 20 fucking minutes!!!  And the writing disappeared!  I hate when that happens…but I am willful, people! So… J I’m watching THE IRISHMAN tonite.  Yeah, I know, all y’all saw it months ago…but see, I had a beef with SAG about dues in December and they didn’t send me… Continue reading STELLA

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GOD AND SARAH

Those that can, do.  Those that can’t, teach…or perhaps, those that can’t, feel compelled to critique those that can.  I’ve never before discussed critical responses to my work, which have generally been  positive.  My job is to do The Work and the job of critics is to critique it; however, in our brave new cyber-world,… Continue reading GOD AND SARAH

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FRIDAY THE 13TH

    TRISKADECAPHOBIA MY ASS. Last nite, I had over a friend of many years who’s going thru a difficult patch. I grilled steaks and veggies and we sat up talking well into the nite, laying waste to the bottle of Jamesons Cask Strength he’d thoughtfully brought along. I’m always grateful for the chance to… Continue reading FRIDAY THE 13TH

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OSCARS

Tonite’s Oscars I liked Kimmel.  I’d watched them in the past with a friend…who also recently passed.  So I watched alone tonite.  I loved all the nominated films, I was happy for the winners…but I was struck by how personal the broadcast seemed to me. I’ve never been to the Oscars, I’m a successful dinosaur. … Continue reading OSCARS

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BILL GUNN

It has been some 42 years since our encounter at Lincoln Center.  I was hired to understudy Albert Hall and Bill Cobbs was the understudy for Dick Antony Williams in Bill’s play, BLACK PICTURE SHOW.  A week before leaving for Vietnam in May 1969, a girlfriend had taken me to see a play in New… Continue reading BILL GUNN

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PAIN

“I ain’t afraid of dying.  I already been there”, says Leonardo in The Revenant.  And I can dig it. But pain now….pain is something else.  Leo and that bear…well, he may not fear death but he damn sure remembers how much that bear made him hurt. And it sounds good. “I ain’t afraid of dyin”.… Continue reading PAIN

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TWO VOICES

I want to acknowledge the passing today of two unique voices.    It was my synchronistic good fortune to have enjoyed encounters with both, back in the day. I resigned my Army commission after Vietnam in 1970 and moved to New York to study acting.  Sanford Meisner, a seminal teacher of ‘The Method’ (along with Stella… Continue reading TWO VOICES

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