Plant Power

Life is choices. I’ve always wanted to be a vegan. I’ve been a vegan for three months at a stretch, a record I’ve matched and also fallen short of in subsequent stabs. I don’t want to eat animals. Ideally, I don’t want to. But I do. I love milk; I wish I had it more …

Mon chaton qui s’appellait Bâton

I was told this week how bad things come in threes; maybe there will be a third September 11th in my life. Today, Bâton is dead. He is in my refrigerator, still, in a clear plastic bag, where I still examine his beautiful paws. As he was an animal who had no rights and was …

Double Bill: PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES and LE DÎNER DES CONS

Two films from the modern world’s two initial republics; each is about a trim, urbane, well-dressed, successful businessman with a satisfying home life who encounters a bumbling, hefty, less attractive, unsophisticated lower class worker with a heart of gold and no one to call his own, whom he cannot get rid of and who ultimately, …

Life Imitating Art Imitating Life

Often, I’ve been one to try and impress people with the pace of my conversation and my responses. I do this because of cinema: We all wish we could follow conversations as adeptly and quickly and with such concise wit and brevity as characters do in movies.  People talking in cinema is like soccer or …

Ray Bradbury on OPTIMAL BEHAVIOR

INTERVIEWER: How important has your sense of optimism been to your career? BRADBURY: I don’t believe in optimism. I believe in optimal behavior. That’s a different thing. If you behave every day of your life to the top of your genetics, what can you do? Test it. Find out. You don’t know—you haven’t done it …