Monthly Archives: August 2012

Liz Smith: Remembering the divine Marvin Hamlisch

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“But in December there’s just one place for me Mid the California flora I’ll be lighting my menorah. Like a baby in its cradle I’ll be playing with my draydel Here’s to Judas Maccabeus, Boy if he could only see us Spending Hannukah, in Santa Monica,By the Sea!” This is an underground song written by […]

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Liz Smith:The franchise is still hot …

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“IF LOVE is the answer, could you please rephrase the question,” asked Lily Tomlin. IN RECENT days, we’ve reminisced quite a bit about those who have shuffled off their mortal coil. But life goes on, even if it is unhappy or embarrassing. For instance, the Kristen Stewart/Robert Pattinson/Rupert Sanders affair. Miss Stewart is said to […]

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Dear Margo: Quote Not Lest Ye Be Wrong

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When a moral mantra serves as a flimsy shield. Margo Howard’s advice Quote Not Lest Ye Be Wrong Dear Margo: My husband has been friends with “Sam” and “Rachel” for more than 30 years. While Sam and my husband have grown up to find mates, get married and have families, Rachel has struggled over the years […]

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Liz Smith: “Hope Springs” is Seriously Charming

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“ALWAYS A godfather; never a god!” said the late Gore Vidal,delivered in his usual pithy manner. More on this anon. BUT FIRST, let’s give a thumbs up verdict to “Hope Springs” — a rare little movie that is really about something, starring Meryl Streep,Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell. I guess this is a “comedy” but quite a lot of it […]

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Dear Margo: A Very Odd Way To Leave a Family

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Patching up a family after a disappearing act. Margo Howard’s advice A Very Odd Way To Leave a Family Dear Margo: I have just begun an entirely new stage in my life and am feeling caught between the old and the new. First of all, I married very young (at 21), three months into an accidental […]

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Liz Smith: Everybody Loves “Breaking Bad” Star Bryan Cranston … Not Everybody Loved Lucy!

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“’YOU CHICKEN?’ he asks, freshly razored scalp gleaming under a distant streetlight. ‘You a scaredy-cat?’ He’s not even Walter now … and in his pitiless blue eyes, I’m everything weak and human … “He’s just Bryan Cranston, an avuncular 56-year-old actor at the end of another 13-hour day of playing what he calls ‘the role of my life’ […]

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Liz Smith: GORE VIDAL … And Guns Run Amok, But We Are Helpless

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“NEVER PASS up a chance to have sex or appear on television,” said Gore Vidal famously. This is just one of his many and best quotes which were sent to me last week by his all-time friend the agent Boaty Boatwright. (She has one of the fabulous names in show business.) I thought of this when reading her list of […]

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Liz Smith: Marilyn — 50 Years Dead and More Alive Than Ever!!

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“WHAT DO you dream?” “My dreams are too intimate to be revealed in public.” “What is your nightmare?” “My nightmare is the H-bomb, what’s yours?” So it went between Marilyn Monroe and writer Alan Levy, in the very last interview Marilyn gave, to Redbook magazine. (It appeared after her death.) Over the weekend — Saturday or Sunday — it was the 50th anniversary […]

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wOw Radio: Senator Tom Coburn and Judith Martin – June 6, 2012

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wOw Radio is on a brief summer break, but we’ll be playing past shows every Wednesday, 10 am EST SiriusXM Stars 107 Senator Tom Coburn: “The Debt Bomb” looms Congress violates pledges left and right Miss Manners solves the problem with revolving doors In case you miss it live: Encore presentations will air Wednesdays at […]

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Liz Smith: Gail Collins on Ted Cruz — Be Afraid. Be Very, Very Afraid!

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“THERE ARE people on the right and the left who think that if you compromise you’re a coward, you’re a facilitator, you’re an appeaser. People are more interested in fighting with each other than they are in getting the no-brainers done and governing.” This comes from GOP representative Steven LaTourette of Ohio who is leaving the House because […]

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