What’s Next: Why the West Wing Still Matters

THE MOST PRETENTIOUS THING YOU CAN DO IN HOLLYWOOD is say that a television show is “so much more than a television show.” The second most pretentious thing you can do is start a podcast just so you can talk in public with your famous friends, but I love Rob Lowe so dammit, he getsContinue reading “What’s Next: Why the West Wing Still Matters”

Why Social Media Companies and News Organizations Need to Atone this Yom Kippur

MONDAY IS YOM KIPPUR, THE JEWISH RELIGION’S DAY OF ATONEMENT. I have a lot to atone for. I regularly “skip intro” on Netflix shows; I don’t always wash my hands for a full two “happy birthdays”; and I generally use the posted speed limit as more of a suggestion. Jews believe so completely in “nobody’sContinue reading “Why Social Media Companies and News Organizations Need to Atone this Yom Kippur”

Finding the Hidden Power in Privilege

MAYBE I’M THE LAST PERSON WHO SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT PRIVILEGE. For years — almost my entire life — I never knew what privilege was. Because everyone I knew was just like me. I grew up in nice houses and neighborhoods. I never worried about money or getting whatever new toy was on the storeContinue reading “Finding the Hidden Power in Privilege”

The Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore

The President of the United States tear-gassed peaceful protesters so he could stage a photo opportunity. He did this while saying he was an “ally to peaceful protesters.” Fuck you, Trump supporter reading this and preparing your ignorant talking points. Please just shut the fuck up for once. One more time: The President of theContinue reading “The Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore”

Pomp Canceled, Due to Cicumstance

IT WASN’T SUPPOSED TO BE LIKE THIS. We were supposed to be on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., not in our Orange County living room. We were supposed to clap and cheer and laugh and cry as our daughter earned her International Affairs degree from The George Washington University — not stare at aContinue reading “Pomp Canceled, Due to Cicumstance”

Keeping it Real: Remaking Your Narrative in the Pandemic Age

“We are supposed to change, aren’t we? I’m not the same person I was 10 years ago or even 10 months ago. I’m sure you’re not the same person you were as a kid, and you won’t be the same when you retire. “We are supposed to change. Otherwise what’s the point of living?” TheContinue reading “Keeping it Real: Remaking Your Narrative in the Pandemic Age”

The Beginning of the End of Bullshit

“Tell a real story. Talk like a goddamn real person…stop all the countless bullshit we marketers create to make us sound more important than we really are.” I wrote that years ago, long before social media became the behemoth it is today, before the 2016 U.S. elections, before global pandemics sent us into our homesContinue reading “The Beginning of the End of Bullshit”