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Insults and Fake Markets

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I was thumbing through Monday’s New York Times, and there was a huge two-page spread of all the insults Trump has deployed¬†(it’s quite well-organized). Accompanying all this text was a chart showing the quantity of insults over time: (sorry for the low quality scan):


Steady, consistent, and baffling, isn’t it? Remind you of ANYTHING ELSE these days?!?!? (more…)

Escape from Shawshank Redemption

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I am a big movie buff (some of you may remember I’ve even written a screenplay – – so, umm, any movie producers out there, drop me a line). When I love a movie, I’ll watch it a dozen times or more. Here on Slope, we’ve had some lively discussions about great movies, but one of the classics I never got around to watching was The Shawshank Redemption, even though it is consistently near the top of any list of great films.

Today I watched it, and I enjoyed it. I now understand why people like it so much. However, I was struck by the similarities between the movie and one of my favorites from my childhood, Escape From Alcatraz, which came out about fifteen years before Shawshank.