Is Obama a socialist or not?

July 25, 2012

“Is Obama a Socialist or Not?”

That is the question that Rock Cellar Magazine’s “Both Sides Now!” section tackles in the current issue. The ‘pro’ side is written by my friend Julia Gorin. Here is...

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Nora Ephron, a writer for all seasons, dead at 71

June 27, 2012


A few thoughts on the death, last week, of screenwriter, journalist, essayist, film director, and playwright Nora Ephron at age 71. Nora Ephron defied the conventional wisdom that you can only do one thing well in life.

Born into a...

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Joan Rivers comes to the Pantages, disses, then dishes with this reporter

November 7, 2011

From Weekly Volcano


“Where are we?” Joan Rivers rasped from offstage last Friday. “The Pantages Theater in Tacoma? It’s come to this?”

So the icon kicked off a performance so politically incorrect it would make the diversity-minded...

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King Tut resurrected: A comic legend comes west

November 2, 2011

From JTNews



In advance of her November 4 performance at Tacoma’s Pantages Theater, the indefatigable Joan Rivers made time to speak with JTNews about her two TV shows, memories of her Jewish grandmothers, and how to stay forever young at...

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Come west, funny woman: Joan Rivers talks tattoos, military men and staying sexy in her 70s

November 2, 2011

From Weekly Volcano



Since her days on The Tonight Show in the 1970s, Joan Rivers has been a comedic icon. Now 78, Rivers, as captured in Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (last year’s film documentary about her life) seems to fear just one thing: a blank...

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Joan Rivers talks to the Standard about life and work and how to meet men

June 3, 2011

From The Jewish Standard



Ahead of her June 12 performance to benefit Gilda’s Club Northern New Jersey, the local chapter of a charity founded in memory of the comedian Gilda Radner to help those struggling with cancer, cancer survivors, and their families,...

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I was a Firsthand Witness to Flight Attendant Steven Slater’s Rant & Escape on Jet Blue 1052…

August 10, 2010

And I gotta say, the guy made my day.

The funny thing is, I was seated on this flight yesterday – JetBlue #1052, Pittsburgh to JFK – next to a lady who was scared to fly. At the outset, she pulled out a rosary and started...

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Gary Coleman, ’80’s Sensation, Deserved Better

June 3, 2010

From Jewish World Review

by Heather Robinson

As I started to write about the death, last weekend, of Gary Coleman, my pen leaked all over my hand. It seems fitting that, writing about this pop culture icon, I got a taste–albeit a tiny one–of bad luck.

In this age...

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Punxsutawney Phil Says No Global Warming

February 5, 2010


Granted, he’s no Ph.D. But then again, he calls ’em like he sees ’em and is not influenced by partisan politics or ego. Who knows what the future will bring, but with a severe snowstorm on its way to New York City...

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Michael Moore’s “Capitalism, a Love Story” a Refutation of Itself

October 15, 2009

I just saw Michael Moore’s new movie. Moore’s creativity and humor have decreased roughly in proportion to his ever-increasing dogmatism. A good comedian, after all, needs the capacity to step back and lighten up; genuine...

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