Category Archives: Commentary

Never say never

I was working in front of the television most of the afternoon, and this State Farm commercial played over and over:

It’s definitely stuck with me, but for all the wrong reasons.

The repeated ‘never’ just made me — and most people who saw it, I would bet — think the devoted dad will probably leave his family at some point in the future.

Never say never, as he has learned time and time again.

Why not change the language to ‘always’ for the final image/statement?  The switch would not only attract attention but would also be a positive statement.

Heck, I might even remember the commercial is for insurance.


I am so over this hashtag and how people throw it around:


Really?  Are you really feeling blessed to get a fancy toilet? 

Just Iike some folks on Facebook are blessed to find a parking spot or blessed to go out to dinner or blessed to do anything.

In the words of Inigo Montoya,  “I do not think this word means what you think it means.”

Don’t wear it out,  people…especially not on a toilet.


Oh, great Apple:

Your products have seduced legions of worshippers, prostrate before thee at your Apple chapels.

But your plugs are a sin.



An Android agnostic

Say it like it is

I ran across a feature today online poking fun at the titles of young adult novels.

I recently took a couple of classes in YA lit at NYU, so this naturally caught my eye. And of all the ‘what they really should be called’ entries, this one made me say, “Oh, hell yeah!”


Core values

There was an ad in the subway today for the latest exhibit at the Museum of Sex, entitled Hard Core: A Century and a Half of Obscene Imagery.


It’s not that difficult for me to imagine  that such pictures exist,  especially at this particular venue.  But for the museum itself to use the word obscene to describe the art it displays seems like an argument against its own credibility.

Then again, you do have to pay to get in…

So I guess the marketing  department knows what they are doing.

One-track mind

The Coen brothers, while creative geniuses,  have overused the ransom plot line in their movies.

It appears in Fargo. And No Country for Old Men. And The Big Lebowski. Even Raising Arizona.

Enough already.

Then today I see a trailor for their next movie…about a kidnapping and ransom.

Okay. This looks pretty funny.

But let’s stop here with this theme, okay?

My apologies

Mr. Colbert:

I am so sorry.


More than once in the months that predated your debut on The Late Show on CBS, I questioned you.

Not your talent.  Not your comedic prowess or interview chops. Not your deserving the chair.

Instead I wondered if you would add anything unique to the late night landscape.

Without the fake conservative persona that made you legendary,  I feared your real personality — so positive and genuine — would bring another version of Jimmy Fallon or James Coburn’s sincerely sunny shtick to late night.

How quickly I was proven wrong.

The educated weirdness that was so much a part of your previous alter ego lives on in your true self, so The Late Show is more complex and more rewarding.

Forgive me for ever doubting you.