The Straight Story and the simple genius of David Lynch

The surrealist auteur is known for his mind-bending, time twisting, character warping visions that defy a straightforward rational explanation, but 1999’s The Straight Story takes a simpler and more direct approach for a tale about a man who journeys 240 miles to reconnect with his ailing brother on his riding lawnmower. David Lynch is not… Continue reading The Straight Story and the simple genius of David Lynch

Kyle Rittenhouse and the collapse of common sense and decency

If a 17-year old white kid involved in a tragic incident with three white adults can divide the entire country along partisan lines, raising the specter of white supremacy and white privilege, is there anything that can’t? No one should know Kyle Rittenhouse’s name.  In some slightly more rational world, he would be a normal,… Continue reading Kyle Rittenhouse and the collapse of common sense and decency

Trump’s loss is the Republican’s own damn fault

Republican legislatures in key battleground states did nothing to secure the vote or stop the rewriting of the rules To borrow a song title from Bruce Springsteen’s classic album, “The Rising,” Trump supporters are “Countin’ on a Miracle” to overturn the current election results and re-elect the current occupant of the Oval Office. I hate… Continue reading Trump’s loss is the Republican’s own damn fault