A Note On Abraham Lincoln the Second

Recently, during a trip to Vermont, I visited the home of Robert Lincoln, the only one of Abraham Lincoln’s children who survived to adulthood. After some dawdling around, a bit of government service, some brooding (which involved, among other things, committing his not-insane mother to an insane asylum), he moved to Chicago to run the … [Read more…]

Sky Captain, Reconsidered

My TV stopped working for a day then mysteriously came back to life tonight. I took the opportunity to watch Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow with the family. Even my kids loved it, and they hate everything I like, just as a rule. Seems to me this holds up better than it did … [Read more…]

IS GOLDIE HAWN MY MOTHER? (AND IS BILL HUDSON MY DAD?) THE OXFORD COMMA KNOWS!

One of the reviews of “You, Me and the Apocalypse” noted that for an English coproduction, the creators showed a shocking disregard for the “Oxford comma.” Here in America, adding “You” to the un-comma’ed title “Me and the Apocalypse” requires a comma after “You” but does not result in a second comma being placed after … [Read more…]

Never Finding Neverland

When I was a kid, I was a big fan of J.M. Barrie’s novel version of Peter Pan. Not the musical show nor the Disney movie. The novel, it seemed to me, was pretty dark and not whimsical, and it didn’t sugar-coat childhood. Was it a good thing to remain a child forever? It certainly … [Read more…]