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Jan 31, 2017

Day of Days is a painful movie to watch. Don’t get me a wrong – it’s a pretty fascinating two-person indie drama about an old man’s last day on earth and the substitute nursing aide who picked the wrong day to be on call. What makes the movie painful is seeing actor Tom Skerritt playing such an elderly, infirm...


Jan 30, 2017

(I was first introduced to the music of Billy Idol by my then-roommate, photographer Dennis Osborne, in the early 1980s. Dennis would bounce around the house to "Dancing with Myself" and it was hard to resist the song's infectious beat and lyrics. I recently located the audio to my 1984 Music magazine interview with...


Jan 30, 2017

I hates cats. Maybe “hate” is a strong word. The problem is I’m allergic to them. I can think of many aspects of my life that would have turned out differently if it were not for the adult onset of cat allergies. Dinner parties I would not have had to leave early due to puffy, red eyes. Intimate social encounters...


Jan 30, 2017

Comedian Ritch Shydner made a career onstage painting pictures with words, so it should be no surprise that he transitioned easily to doing the same in book form. What might be surprising is that more comics haven’t told their stories in this way.

RITCH SHYDNER podcast excerpt: "Rodney Dangerfield once said, 'Listen...


Jan 29, 2017

My wife is a huge fan of the NBC series “Parenthood,” but I don’t usually do interviews based on her interests; she’s a tough one to impress. My teen son, on the other hand, still might raise a smile if the old man has a guest that he’s interested in. So talking to beautiful Alexandra Daddario was a must.