Goodbye, John Updike

In “A Month of Sundays,” John Updike wrote, “Suspect each moment, for it is a thief, tiptoeing away with more than it brings.”  Today, a moment stole from us one of our most prolific, poetic and versatile writers and, for that, I mourn.  John Updike was controversial and, love him or hate him, he was…

Tamalewood

Hollywood “discovered” New Mexico several years ago and has been shooting on location here ever since.  New Mexico has amazing landscapes, mountains, deserts, plains, rivers, uncluttered vistas and big beautiful skies.  We also offer shockingly massive tax breaks to out-of-state production companies, but that’s another story.  I was at a party Saturday night with a…

R.I.P. Paul Newman

Don’t need to say a lot about him.  He died at 83.  He made movies, raced cars and made his own popcorn and salad dressing.  I have done all of those three things, too – but I wasn’t good at any of them.  That’s just one of the many differences between him and me. I…

Isaac Hayes dead at 65

I am a little younger than most people who write for this place so my main memories of Isaac Hayes are based around South Park, where he played perhaps my favorite character of the first few seasons, Chef. This is a shame because he was a pretty amazing musician as some of you all can…

Bernie Mac Dead at 50

Bernie Mac died of complications from pneumonia this morning.  He was 50 years old. I called around after finding out about this, and it seems there really isn’t anyone who wanted Bernie Mac dead.  Quite the contrary, since the guy was funny and got to be a star after being all poor and such, everyone…

Tim Russert Dead at 58

Tim Russert, host of Meet the Press, died today at the age of 58.  Here are some facts. He was smarter than you He was better than you If you don’t know who he was you’re stupid. Read more here.  I am pissed off and don’t want to talk to anyone now.