TV: Interviewing Anderson Cooper

“Journalism is literature in a hurry.” — Matthew Arnold . . . . . . . Anderson Cooper is a direct descendant of Cornelius Vanderbilt, the New York shipping and railroad millionaire during the Gilded Age. He represents the degradation of a genetic line from a financial wizard-genius of great willpower down to a prancing […]

TV: Interview with an exoplanetarist

“Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response.” — Arthur M. Schlesinger . . . . . . . Professor Didior Queloz — he of the heavy French accent — is intereviwed by a nearly accentless Russian host. They discuss exoplanets (planets light-years away that may or may not […]

TV: Trump interview

“My Democratic friends just can’t accept the fact that the American people chose Donald Trump to be president – it’s called democracy. My advice to them, and I say this gently: Fill out a ‘Hurt Feelings Report’ and let’s move on.” — John Kennedy . . . . . . . This classic TV clip […]

TV: The best of Rick and Morty

“Adventure without risk is Disneyland.” — Douglas Coupland . . . . . . . December 2, 2013 — approximately one week before my birthday — Rick and Morty first aired. The Cartoon Network has to fill space in its “Adult Swim” time slot — the night space when adults are roaming the streets, broken […]

TV: Warren Buffett biography

“Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.” — Warren Buffett “Young people are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and more fit for new projects than for settled business.” — Francis Bacon . . . . . . . Investment is a long-haul proposition — the ultimate long-haul […]

TV: Adolf Hitler Docudrama

“The supremacy of the rule of law was abandoned during the high era of American race law, just as it was abandoned in Nazi Germany, and we ought to tremble when we see it creaking and shuddering in 2018.” — James Q. Whitman, Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race […]