"He instinctively can find the shining greatness of our American culture and does a good job of highlighting it (although he also does have those rare lapses when he writes about hockey, but that is something caused by impurities in the Eastern waters or something)." Erik Keilholtz
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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
If only celebrities would, in Laura Ingraham's words, just shut up and sing. Religion, sex and politics muddle appreciation of an actor's craft. Espousing Scientology marks an actor as a Nitwit in my book. Ditto stridency in left-wing politics.
Perhaps if the show ever opens in Salem, Mass., they can pop around the corner afterward for a drink.
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Peggy Noonan on John Forbes Kerry: The good news about Mr. Kerry, and I mean this seriously, is he does not appear to be insane.
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Why do Democrats lose down South? Don't blame civil rights, says James Taranto.
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Fr Jim Tucker posts on John Kerry's regal bloodlines, which a correspondent traces to "counter-jumping German petty nobility," and on the NYC hookah crackdown, from which, one hopes, UN-posted pashas and satraps can claim diplomatic immunity.
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AMDG: Jesuit college basketball shines with undefeated St. Joe's ranked No. 1 and Gonzaga No. 3.
See also the Georgetown Basketball History Project. Send a Bob Cousy or Tom Heinsohn e-card at Holy Cross. Buy a Bill Russell-vintage University of San Francisco basketball jersey. And recall the '63 Loyola Chicago champs who overturned the "Gentlemen's Agreement" in college basketball. This Loyola Chicago sports history page links to a recording of the broadcaster's call as the Ramblers won the '63 NCAA title. And note the tribute to the Loyola El.
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Who knew? The Paulist Productions film company is headquartered in the old Thelma Todd café in which the Hollywood actress met her mysterious death in 1935.
Speaking of DOA: I caught the end of Judas, a production so over the top as to be funny, and which a commenter elsewhere, inspired by the depiction of the Savior as grunge pretty-boy, has nicknamed Hang 10 Christ. That was the bad warden from Shawshank Redemption playing Caiaphas, and best of all, Animal House's Tim Matheson as Pontius Pilate. If only the hysterical Mrs. Pilate had been played by Mrs. Dean Wormer.