Monthly Archives: May 2010

Dennis Hopper’s drug issues are spotlighted high up in his obit. Is that necessary?

What was it like to live in the 1940s and ‘50s? You can get clues by watching TV shows like “Leave It To Beaver,” or you can read old newspapers from the period and see how celebrities were covered in … Continue reading

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Is the fist-bump a 'low-class' gesture?

Barack Obama does it. So does Michael Jordan and Pat Buchanan and Georgia State Troopers and the Dalai Lama and Barbara Walters. Even Bill O’Reilly approves of it. The fist bump. Who wouldn’t like this quintessentially American way of greeting another … Continue reading

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Why isn’t the ‘Prince of Persia’ a real Persian?

It’s impossible to avoid trailers for the film “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” which have even appeared embedded in ABC-TV’s coverage of the NBA playoffs. Those who’ve missed the trailer can watch it below, and when you do, … Continue reading

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Money and fame are never enough: One lesson of LeBron James' loss to Celtics

$21,000 an hour. That’s what Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James makes on the basketball court in salary. Endorsement money takes his income to a stratospheric level: According to one calculation, he makes more than $40 million a year, meaning James … Continue reading

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