Foo Fighters: “Back and Forth”

Is Dave Grohl really the nicest guy in the music business? Or is he just one of the more candid ones?  Back And Forth, the rock-doc that puts the Foo Fighters' career under the microscope in their own words, from pre-inception through Wasting Light, doesn't make him out to be that.  Or maybe it's like the …

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Path of Totality

I spent the better part of today in a race with the moon, trying to catch a patch of blue sky on a cloudy day in Missouri so I could witness my first, and possibly last, total eclipse of the sun. I resolved to fly into the path of totality for this one.  I could …

The Saddest Emoji

A client contacted me the other day explaining that her credit was bad and she had recently been denied on an application.  She included this emoji after the admission. I nearly burst into tears.  Not just your average frowny-face, the hung head and slack eyelids communicate equal levels of shame and despair. I have issues. …

Oscar Wilde, the Bible, and some Oscar-Winning Boobs

One of the most memorable plays I saw in my time as a quasi-regular Broadway attendee was a production of "Salomé" by Oscar Wilde.  Directed by Oscar-winner Estelle Parsons, it starred Oscar-winner Al Pacino as Herod; Oscar-winner Dianne Weist as Herodias; Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei as Salomé; and Oscar-nominee David Straithairn as John the Baptist. This …

“Oh, Hello on Broadway” (on Netflix) holds a mirror up to theater geekery

I have been repeatedly watching "Oh, Hello! On Broadway" ... on Netflix.  In addition to finding it hysterical, it has me digging deep into my theater-geek past. https://youtu.be/YPQL8RbwckU Inhabiting the role of foul-mouthed senior citizen George St. Geeglund, stand-up comedian John Mulaney describes the audience, to their faces, as a collection of "comedy nerds, theatre …

The Man in Black

Excerpt from the short story, "Cry 'Bout a Nickel."  Copyright ©2017 by Paul Greenamyer   The song came to an end with a slap of bass, a trill of clarinet, a sharp snatch of cymbal and a jangly chop of Bobby’s guitar. The sweaty audience stopped dancing and applauded wildly. These kids just went nuts for white …