Category Archives: Pop Culture

Hugh Hefner was a descendant of Puritan leader William Bradford.

Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy magazine and an ensuing media empire, recently died at the age of 91. And feminist icon Camille Paglia had a few thoughts.

“Hefner’s new vision of American masculinity was part of his desperate revision of his own Puritan heritage. On his father’s side, he descended directly from William Bradford, who came over on the Mayflower and was governor of Plymouth Colony, the major settlement of New England Puritans.”

An interesting take on Hefner and the sexual revolution.

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I love Between Two Ferns.

Galifianakis!

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I am not a big fan of the sycophantic political ones, though these are often not terrible. There are good moments in every single episode. But the ones that are not political are amazingly hilarious. Like the one with Steve Carell. And Will Ferrell. And Conan. And Jennifer Aniston. I wish Zach would do more of ’em.

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Ah, Tokyo 🗼🗾

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A post shared by Jordan Schlansky (@jordanschlansky) on

Wish I had spent more time there. Screw China, Japan is the place to be, when in that part of the world!

By the way, if you don’t know who Jordan Schlansky is, just Google him or visit his Team Coco page. Watch and enjoy the many clips on the YouTube.

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Happy 74th birthday, Mr. Christopher Walken

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Who knew? Actor Christopher Walken shares a birthday with my uncle.

Walken is “one of the most distinctive film actors of the past 50 years. Whether he’s playing an analog of Macduff in a wacko modernization of Macbeth, the ghost of a malicious Hessian mercenary or any one of a hundred other roles, you won’t mistake him for anyone else.”

There’s only one way to celebrate! And be sure not to walk without rhythm this weekend.

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There’s nothing better than a good villain.

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Grand Admiral Thrawn is a complex, multi-faceted character and the primary antagonist in the third season of Star Wars Rebels.

I’ve been a fan of Star Wars since first seeing Return of the Jedi on network TV back in the Eighties or Nineties.¹

I didn’t care for the prequels, but did enjoy watching second rendition of The Clone Wars and its successor, Star Wars Rebels, which is currently in its third season. Despite being aired on Disney XD, an obscure outlet, I look for illegal copies online to watch, mostly on YouTube.

The central villain of season three is Grand Admiral Thrawn. His portrayal is terrific. I just hope we get to see more of him.

Darth Maul was another wonderful creation and killing him off at the end of The Phantom Menace was a serious blunder.

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1. And the video clip on YouTube is from an old VHS tape with the actual broadcast from KGW, channel 8, in Portland, Oregon, no less. That’s exactly what I was watching.