Whimsy

A Handy Glossary to Summarize 2020 (to Date)

Tomorrow is December 1, meaning 2020 will begin drawing to a close—in much the way a massacre wanes into an armed skirmish or a tsunami gets downgraded to an 8.6 earthquake on the Richter Scale.

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Some Film Sequels That Died on the Drawing Board

Some Film Sequels That Died on the Drawing Board

In Wednesday’s column, we reported on the planned closure of AMC Cinemas throughout the country because the company, which is the largest owner of movie theaters on Earth, says it has no money left in its coffers. Why people with bronchial problems should have been lending AMC money is an issue for another column.

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AMC Is Closing All Its Moviehouses. Gee, Why?

AMC Is Closing All Its Moviehouses. Gee, Why?

I thought I’d be sadder when I read last month that AMC Entertainment was in such a cash crunch it may be out of dough by early next year, if not sooner. This is the biggest movie theater company on the planet—but even after reopening more than 80 percent of its cinemas, it experienced a staggering 85 percent drop in attendance since the previous year.

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Daytime TV Can Make (or Keep) You Sick

Daytime TV Can Make (or Keep) You Sick

Growing up, I always associated daytime television with being ill. Yet in spite of some drawbacks—my feeling rotten, my mom’s insistence on vacuuming my bedroom floor at what seemed like two-hour intervals, the TV shows, and even old movies—staying home from school was pretty sweet.

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Will Tab Leave More Willingly than Trump?

Will Tab Leave More Willingly than Trump?

To keep you momentarily distracted from yesterday’s many elections—and from the fear that if Trump loses and deigns to make a concession speech it’ll include his revealing the nuclear codes—I thought I’d discuss an issue of monumental importance if you happen to think soda is a monumentally important issue.

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Our Annual Beggarama is Saturday

Our Annual Beggarama is Saturday

Saturday is Halloween—or whatever county health officers will still allow— and I have to tell you, the less the better.

As a kid, I looked forward to what I now see as an annual door-to-door beggarama with even less enthusiasm than I now muster for similar events put on by public radio, public TV and high-haired televangelists.

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Is the Handshake Now Part of Our Cancel Culture?

Is the Handshake Now Part of Our Cancel Culture?

Binge-watching some episodes of TV’s “Columbo” recently, I was struck by something the great Peter Falk did repeatedly, as the eponymous LAPD lieutenant. He shook the hand of almost everyone he met—including the special guest murderer he was closing in on.

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How’d We Do—Even Though We’re Still Doing It?

How’d We Do—Even Though We’re Still Doing It?

How are you enjoying today’s column so far? I’ll be sending you a questionnaire. You needn’t sign it but of course I’ll know who sent it.

—Okay, here’s what prompted this. On one recent day, all of the following occurred:

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