Once Upon A Time in Milan (Out New Yorker-ing the New Yorker)

The New Yorker explored Benedetta briefly here.

Of course we went a few layers deeper.

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ICONIC, EMBLEMATIC, INDISPENSABLE–

and lots of fun: the silent film comedies of Reginald Denny.

Kino Video has just re-issued three stellar entries.

And Denny’s granddaughter, Kimberly Pucci, has written a biography: Prince of Drones: The Reginald Denny Story.

Denny’s career extended way into talkies and he was ace in drama as well.
And he had other talents as well, as referenced by the title of Pucci’s book.

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NOT ENOUGH PUSHBACK AGAINST BOEHNER

Yes, I’ve read rebuttals to his absurd finger-pointing indulgences concerning Donald Trump and the infiltration of the GOP by apocalyptic lunacy.

But let’s not forget his jaw-dropping false equivalence equating the Tea Party with the Squad. Is he kidding?

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THEY WANT TO TEAR DOWN THE SITE OF MY THEATRICAL DEBUT

I mean, this time the landlords and developers have gone too far!

But seriously–

the former 13th Street Theater, built as a private house nearly two centuries old, is almost the last nineteenth-century hold out remaining on 13th between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

Even aside from my brother’s and my joint stage debut more than fifty years ago, it’s a very historic place.

The building is now endangered, and NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission is, of course, declining to extend it landmark designation, but that isn’t stopping the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.

Sign their petition here.

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NEW PARADIGM NEEDED?

My reaction to the news that Kevin McKenzie is stepping down as ABT director–
and to the short list of reputed candidates —

Why has it become unwritten law that only a former principal dancer can direct a ballet company?

(No, I don’t think it should be a critic.)

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AN IDIOT REPORTER

was actually conveying to Jen Psaki today Gov. Kemp’s claims about the new voting restrictions in Georgia as if they were matters of fact.

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LARA TRUMP. BECAUSE OF COURSE.

I guess Lara needs something to while away the time before she’s arrested for treasonous incitement in the Trump family’s attempted coup.

And where else to go but Fox “News” where treasonous incitement is coin of the realm?

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JUSTICE

Cousin Andrea and her family hosted the second Seder-by-Zoom Saturday night, and we all hope it be the last time we must Zoom Passover.

She demonstrated her awareness of what deliverance means by including text from the Earth Justice Hagaddah.

“The climate crisis asks us to feel a sense of personal connection and
responsibility with generations in the future. What if we used the seder not
only to feel as if we personally were present in the Exodus from Egypt, but
also to experience ourselves in the world our grandchildren will live in, in the
climate we are damaging now?”

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FASCIST GROUPIE LAURA INGRAHAM

Her melting looks as Trump evacuated treasonous garbage on her show demonstrate the secret to Fox “News” hosts’ “success”:

they simply do not care how ludicrous or grotesque their on-air behavior is.

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YALE U vs. THE PURSUIT OF TRUTH

In a shocking move, one of the darkest days in Yale’s history, the University has fired Dr. Bandy Lee, the intrepid psychiatrist whose heroic efforts to expose what a menace Donald Trump is to our country ran afoul of the sclerotic, arbitrary American Psychiatric Association’s “Goldwater Rule.”

Dr. Lee was a professor of psychiatry in the Yale Medical School.

David Cay Johnston at DC Report/Raw Story weighs in on the attempted silencing of one of Yale’s most admirable defenders of the public interest.

And this comes AFTER Trump has caused the death of hundreds of thousands of Americans.

Yale’s rejection of social responsibility and participation is a caricature of how an educational institution should function. There could be no clearer indication of the right-wing Establishment tilt of Yale’s governance than this blatant act of political pandering.

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RAND “BEDDOES LAFFOON” PAUL

I was thinking, what WAS that character’s name in S.J. Perelman’s The Beauty Part?
My parents saw Bert Lahr play multiple roles in it in 1962, and loved it so much they bought the published script when it came out. Lahr cut across gender lines; among his incarnations in Perelman’s contemporary-culture satire was “Hyacinth Beddoes Laffoon,” doyenne of a pulp fiction rag periodical.

I was reminded of this last week when I caught the show-stopping hilarity of Sen. Paul’s performance in the Senate, once again falling on his face as he tried–with the ridiculous pursed lips expressions so typical of the right wing–once again to get Dr. Fauci, trying to pretend in front of a medical specialist that he has any medical ethics, knowledge of epidemiology or public health concern whatsoever.

Halfway through his inquisition, the baggy-pants clown from Kentucky realized that despite the howls of laughter nationwide that greeted his televised performance, he wasn’t getting anywhere with Dr. Fauci. We then saw a debate go on in his head about what line of questions or attack he could still muster.

Answer: None.

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