What do the Lost characters mostly want these days? It’s not to get off the island. Increasingly, the island is just where they live and love. If anything, they’ve found home — or, rather, their home found them.

Latest Parries

December 2015

From iPhone 4S to 6S: An appreciation

I keep my phones longer than most techies but I’m loving my new iPhone 6S.

November 2015

Spectreview

With the villain’s sibling connection to the hero, 2015’s James Bond movie deflates to an incestuous Möbius Strip.

August 2014

In Gaza, Israel should acknowledge its terrible tactic

Although loaded terms like “collective punishment” and “state terrorism” are not entirely inaccurate descriptions of Israel’s application of the Dahieh Doctrine in Gaza, history does suggest that the method is effective when fighting a fundamentally defensive war.

June 2013

Go Deny Yourself

This little four-letter word undermines our modern values of tolerance and presumption of innocence.

December 2012

Some Consumer Affairs

I’ve tried to enjoy schlepping water, thinking that it serves to keep us to some human roots.

April 2012

From Nokia N95 to iPhone 4S

Annoyances and upsets with the iPhone 4S have been more than offset by its screen, the silkiness of its surfaces, the camera, and the third-party market for both software and hardware.

February 2012

2001: A Space Odyssey:
Dry, Juicy, Linear, Luminous

After they finished watching the Bond movies, I figured the next series John Gruber and Dan Benjamin would discuss on The Talk Show would be Stanley Kubrick’s oeuvre. But Gruber refused — too personal for podcasting, he said. Disappointed, I rewatched 2001.

January 2012

A Scheme of a Number of Friends

Instead of acknowledging the wisdom of leading from behind, the Right jumped on the Obama administration’s handling of Libya as yet another example of at best incompetence. They lost me there.

October 2011

The Mouse and the Cantilever

Steve Jobs we lost at the age of 56; when Frank Lloyd Wright reached that age it was still only 1923, the time of merely his second comeback with Tokyo’s Imperial Hotel.

March 2010

Friendship is for Weenies

It’s amazing, given the adulation he enjoyed elsewhere, that the Israeli public knew from the start not to trust this US President.

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Get fed up with me:

Only artists, and especially those of the theater, have… taught us the art of viewing ourselves as heroes… Perhaps one should concede a similar merit to the religion that made men see the sinfulness of every single individual through a magnifying glass.

Friedrich Nietzsche

What Brando did for the cinema and Elvis did for music, Shatner did for the small screen.

Mark Simpson

The difference between the judgment of a great critic and that of a semi-literate censorious fool lies in its range of inferred or cited reference, in the lucidity and rhetorical strength of articulation or in the accidental addendum which is that of a critic who is a creator in his own right.

George Steiner

Invert, always invert.

Charlie Munger

We must never forget that PBS aired Are You Being Served as a public service.

ASK

All literature writes the character of the wise man.

Ralph Waldo Emerson