Deaths of Distant Friends (or, John Updike F#cking Rocks)

By Kurt Baumeister for The Weeklings Published August 29, 2016   I.   My relationship with John Updike was a complicated one in that it didn’t really exist. Or did it? With writers, it’s tough to say. We can have connections, important ones, without ever meeting. They can be solitary admiration societies, one-way friendships of …

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Donald Trump’s America

By Kurt Baumeister for The Weeklings Monday, July 25, 2016 The time for joking about Donald Trump is over. In spite of the failed crash landing of a convention the Republicans just executed in Cleveland, Trump means to be the 45th President of the United States. And the odds are even he’ll succeed. There’s no need …

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Found in Translation (50 Things You Don’t Mean and What You Really Do)

By Kurt Baumeister for The Weeklings   "The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky, Are also on the faces of people going by. I see friends shaking hands, sayin’, ‘How do you do?’ They’re really sayin’, ‘I love you.’” –Louis Armstrong, “What a Wonderful World”   What a wonderful world it would …

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U2: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

By Kurt Baumeister for The Weeklings   New Year’s Day   “Under a blood-red sky A crowd has gathered in black and white Arms entwined, the chosen few The newspaper says, says Say it’s true, it’s true… And we can break through Though torn in two We can be one.”   By the beginning of …

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LOOKING BACK AT THE ABYSS: REFLECTIONS ON BINGE-WATCHING “HANNIBAL”

KURT BAUMEISTER for THE WEEKLINGS Monday, April 25, 2016 I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen The Silence of the Lambs, the film that earned Hannibal Lecter his place in pop culture. I saw it in the theater once then at home perhaps a dozen times with my ex-wife. After you’ve seen Silence… a …

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THE HEROES WE NEED

KURT BAUMEISTER for THE WEEKLINGS Monday, March 28, 2016 I. Look around today and you see heroes everywhere. TV, films, comic books, toys, happy meals, games, amusement parks, cross-trainers, pajamas. Everywhere, capes and cowls, boots and gloves. All that spandex. All those smiles. From Superman to Batman, the Avengers to the X-Men, there’s another heroic cosmology …

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