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Re: “Jurassic Park

Jonathan, your pursed-lip astringent review here (and the humorless fun-must-die take on the Last Crusade) make me think you spent the late eighties/early nineties locked in your room studying while the rest of us ran to the theaters to see these awesome movies. In all seriousness, you really should make some room in your heart for dinosaurs and treasure hunts...or next thing you know you'll be using the judging criteria from Cries and Whispers to evaluate Short Circuit.

8 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by bmy on 06/22/2012 at 9:04 PM

Recent Comments

Re: “Good Prose From the Past

I am nobody to Cliff Doerksen, his family, or his friends...just a face in the crowd. But ever since I read The Real American Pie, I've taken the liberty of considering him a dear friend. I've brought up that article in conversation at least once a week since I read it last year--heck, I bring it up more often than that sometimes, just to make small talk interesting. I forwarded it to anybody who feigned even the mildest interest in mince pie and have unabashedly demanded that they make good on their mild interest. I've read everything that had Cliff's name on it, instinctively preparing for something great. I've even mentioned his name to people asking about left-leaning political writers at the Reader--not because he was a political writer, or even because I knew anything about his politics, but because he seemed to be the kind of person that could spike some worthwhile insight into any situation. What can I say: I am fan, maybe a fanatic and...I am completely devastated. In hindsight, I realize that I read the Chicago Reader to read Cliff Doerksen, combing the articles for something with his stamp. I read his blog because he thinks, and writes, and laughs in a way I wish everyone would (and I include myself in that category). I feel stupid, and somewhat crazy, for intruding on personal grief with my private grief. But I can't help it. The gasp of shock from just an hour ago has turned into some of the truest sadness I have ever felt. It's not just that Cliff made you laugh--he could also make you nostalgic for the most worthless, weird, uncomfortable scenes of life. And nothing is ever dull after that. --devoted reader

Posted by bmy on 12/20/2010 at 10:24 PM

Come on Kehr! Lighten up! It's Indiana Jones!!! Nobody is expecting the Seventh Seal....

Posted by bmy on 06/26/2010 at 1:15 PM

Re: “The Real American Pie

This is one of the best articles I have read in a long time. Amazing! Hilarious! And incredibly interesting! Thank you so much for your sympathetic appraisal of mince pie's history.

P.S. By the way, I don't know just how much nutmeg goes into mince pie but nutmeg definitely has some hallucinogenic properties. Taken in liberal quantities it would produce an effect. What's more, mixing ground nutmeg with hot fat is an excellent way to extract oils which are the likely source for the hallucinogens.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by bmy on 12/17/2009 at 10:22 PM

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