The Academy Shirks Inside Llewyn Davis: Here’s Why

The Academy generally likes to throw people a surprise to trick them into thinking the awards selection process is mildly discerning and unpredictable. However, this year’s decision to exclude Inside Llewyn Davis from the list of nominees seems almost antagonistic toward those trying to actually make an artistic statement with …

What We Learned About Economizing from Carl Weathers on Arrested Development

Carl Weathers taught us a lot on Arrested Development–which is more than one can say for what he taught Tobias Fünke (David Cross) about acting. A frugal, enterprising man, Carl Weathers’ true skill lies not in performance but in perspicacity. His attention to detail allowed him to see potential in things we …

Gypsy Rose Lee: One of the Greatest Female Authors of the 20th Century

It is often repeated in writers’ workshops throughout America that you should write what you know. And who did that better than the illustrious Gypsy Rose Lee? The innovator of the striptease not only wrote a telling autobiography, but, most importantly, a mystery novel entitled The G-String Murders. Although she was …