Most of the shock that resounds after hearing that Robin Williams died Monday comes from its utter implausibility. How could Robin Williams, of all people, just stop breathing, moving and, most of all, talking?
It’s as though we’ve been told the moon spun out of orbit or that water no longer boiled, or froze, at the proper temperature. If Robin Williams is dead, then light no longer refracts, atoms no longer bond and gravity has gone out of business.
Yes. It’s that implausible.
For many of us over the last 40 years or so, Robin Williams was an irresistible force of nature that nothing, not even the demons in his head or the sometimes regrettable consequences of their actions, could stop.… Seguir leyendo »
Seth Rogin and James Franco do not amuse North Korea whose president Kim Jong Un is apparently livid over the October release of “The Interview,” a comedy starring Rogin and Franco as TV people trying to score an interview with Kim, but are recruited by the CIA to take the president out.
Seriously, folks: Is this comedy really supposed to be an “act of war,” as a spokesman for the North Korean foreign ministry contends in a letter to the United Nations? Does it constitute grounds for what the statement warns will be “a decisive and merciless countermeasure” against the United States?… Seguir leyendo »
What was, in retrospect, most heroic about Neil Alden Armstrong, who died Saturdayat age 82, was the manner in which he shied away from the spoils and trappings of heroism itself.
Being the first man on the moon, after all, would seem to place you on top of the world, providing a kind of lifetime pass to wherever you wanted to go — and whatever you wanted to be.
Thinking of running for office? Name the district, state or country and it’s yours.
Maybe you’d like to go into business. The line of people with dotted lines to sign stretches from here to infinity.… Seguir leyendo »