Photo by Stefania Rosini   The late Harry Dean Stanton was the ultimate character actor. He’s given us 60-plus years of acting credits across film and television from cameos to supporting roles, but rarely the full blown lead. His biggest role, in terms of screen time, was Wim Wenders‘ lyrical Paris, Texas about a man who seeks atonement for his sins […]

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Garrison Keillor read this poem on The Writer’s Almanac of February 10, 2011. We reprint it here, having been greatly entertained by this upbeat look at one’s own actual death. Ever since that moment when it first occurred to me that I would die (like everyone on earth!) I struggled against this eventuality, but never […]

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Photo: Getty Images By: Gerard Helferich This article originally appeared on September 2, 2016 in The Wall Street Journal. We spend the first half of our lives wishing we looked like someone else and the second half wishing we looked like our former selves. Ian Brown has turned 60, and he’s not happy about it. Consulting […]

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Much is written and spoken of the sometime and special regard in which the community holds its elders. Sometimes it feels a little patronizing. So I love the sarcasm that drips in this piece from The Onion, blasting this occasional empty empathy for folks in the Third Act. Community Devastated By Sight Of Old Man Struggling To Walk […]

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