Monthly Archives: May 2013

Candelabra in the Behind

Prompted by a garish poster touting HBO’s imminent release of the Steven Soderburgh-directed movie “Behind the Candelabra” featuring Michael Douglas, Matt Damon and a Bichon Frisé, each decked out in cosmetics and white fur, I read Scott Thorson’s tell-all tale … Continue reading

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Gupta’s Zeros, Moffat’s Little Head

Rajat Gupta, the one-time CEO of the venerated consulting firm McKinsey who is now out on bail while he appeals his conviction in 2012 for insider trading, had “a lust for zeros” – that is to say, according to Sunday’s … Continue reading

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A Boy Named . . . Dick Trickle ?

In Johnny Cash’s classic “A Boy Named Sue” the balladeer sings the tale of the woes he was forced to endure growing up with a girl’s name (something harder to appreciate in the 21st century where members of either gender … Continue reading

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SEC: The FEMA of Finance

Right after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and surrounding towns in 2005, as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) serially fumbled every aspect of their responsibilities, and as it was revealed that FEMA administrator Michael D. “Brownie” Brown possessed no … Continue reading

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Scripts by the Numbers: “Garbage-in, Blockbuster-out”

Imagine a restaurant that serves nothing but peanut butter sandwiches. The executive chef wants to expand the menu but the owner is hesitant about putting new items on the menu that might turn away customers. Perhaps the grilled cheese sandwich … Continue reading

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A Season With Hell

I recently finished Richard Hell’s oddly-titled memoir “I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp” and came away with the impression that the author by all accounts never should have lived to celebrate his 25th birthday. A Hollywood stereotype of … Continue reading

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