To My House Guest:

If you found a note on a scrap of paper in my house that said “Maybe I can stop masturbating” on it I promise it was related to an upcoming work of television comedy.

Enjoy VEEP on Sundays at 10:30pm and then on HBO Go forever!


Huell can’t take it


Ed Harris in Westworld, Ed Harris in Walker

If you enjoy Ed Harris in Westworld, as I do, you may be curious to have a look at his role in Walker (1987) in which he plays a similarly attired character:

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Harris plays the real life William Walker who went down to Nicaragua with some armed guys and declared himself president there from 1856-1857.

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I went down to Nicaragua and visited some of the places Walker shot up.

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I tell the story of Walker, and of Nicaragua, and of the troubled film

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in my book, THE WONDER TRAIL: True Stories From Los Angeles To The End Of The World

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available at Amazon or your local indie bookstore.  You’ll enjoy it.

 

 


Westworld semi-theory

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SPOILER warning


Arnold

Bernard

Charlie

Dolores

Elsie

The order in which they were made?


Westworld Criticism

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Emily Nussbaum is very smart and a good TV critic, chipple on all that, but this bugged me:

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First of all, are we sure we’re not watching the gayest male bachelor party of all time?

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Plus, this knock on the show seems to me to go against one of Updike’s rules of (book) fair reviewing:

Do not imagine yourself a caretaker of any tradition, an enforcer of any party standards, a warrior in an idealogical battle, a corrections officer of any kind.

Sometimes I wonder if all criticism should begin with a little creed or prayer like: creating something like Westworld is such an incredible miracle combination of talent, craft, imagination, vision, perseverance, and courage.  To think of the efforts of hundreds that go into creating a single frame of this show is humbling.  BUUUUT: 

Some strong feelings about critics are expressed by the fictional narrator of this book.

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Me, I appreciate critics, really enjoy Emily Nussbaum, and respect a take!


Magnum, Everyman

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from Wiki as I prep a Halloween costume.

In real life more going for Robin Masters, “the celebrated-but-never-seen author of several dozen lurid novels.”

A recurrent theme throughout the last two seasons, starting in the episode “Paper War”, involves Magnum’s sneaking suspicion that Higgins is actually Robin Masters since he opens Robin’s mail, calls Robin’s Ferrari “his car”, etc. This suspicion is never proved or disproved, although in at least one episode – “Déjà-Vu” S06E02 – Higgins is shown alone in a room, picking up the ringing phone and talking to Robin Masters, indicating they are two different persons.


Five questions about Westworld

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from HBO.com

  • How many flies, real and robotic, are there in Westworld?
  • Is “I can’t tell who is human and who is a robot” a fair complaint about the show or the dumbest thing you can say because duh that’s the point?
  • What’s Westworld’s policy on hate speech?
  • Anthony Hopkins made Bernard, right?
  • Does the show owe it to Julian Jaynes to shout him out by name if they’re gonna cite the wild inventive theory he made up?

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Def worth reading if you are in your twenties and have tons of time on your hands and love Ancient Aliens type stuff and want to take that to the next level

opening of this fantastic article about Jaynes by Veronique Greenwood:

Julian Jaynes was living out of a couple of suitcases in a Princeton dorm in the early 1970s. He must have been an odd sight there among the undergraduates, some of whom knew him as a lecturer who taught psychology, holding forth in a deep baritone voice. He was in his early 50s, a fairly heavy drinker, untenured, and apparently uninterested in tenure. His position was marginal.

Acknowledge me!

Acknowledge me!

Great point by my brilliant friend:

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