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Kirk Douglas, Hollywood’s biggest son-of-a-bitch, is dead at 103

One of my favorite actors, the great Kirk Douglas, died today at the age of 103. If you’re stuck at home tomorrow, due to the snow, do yourself a favor and watch him in Billy Wilder’s brilliant film Ace in the Hole. It’s really an amazing piece of work, and more timely now than ever. […]

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Daniel Johnston, one of my favorite musicians and artists, has passed away

One of the most genuinely talented people I’ve ever had the pleasure to have known, the visionary artist and musician Daniel Johnston, passed away today at the age of 58. Here, for those of you who might not be aware of Johnson’s work, is the song Story of an Artist, from his self-released 1982 recording […]

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“I have tried in my way to be free” -Leonard Cohen (1934-2016)

Arlo had just drifted off to sleep when I received word that Leonard Cohen, one of my favorite musicians, had passed away at the age of 82. And, now, I’m just laying here beside my son, in the dark, listening to Songs of Hate quietly while he sleeps. I don’t know that it’s Cohen’s best […]

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Tom Hayden, famed ’60s anti-war activist, dies at 76

I just woke up to find that Tom Hayden passed away last night. Here, for those of you who may have missed it the first time around, is our discussion from 2012, which, sadly, I’ve yet to finish my transcription of. You can still listen to it, though. Earlier this evening, I had the occasion […]

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Leaving the command of the USS Enterprise and promptly dying: The Jeffrey Hunter story

There’s important stuff that I should be writing about tonight, stuff that I know would earn a lot of “likes” on social media and give rise to some good, meaningful conversation, but, since re-watching the first few episodes of Start Trek the other night with the kids, I’ve gone down a bit of a rabbit […]

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