DIE HARD (its Origins), Violence, Redemption, and Xmas (Plus a Bonus Writing Tip!)

Good pal Mojo got me thinking about DIE HARD again the other day, and it brought to mind the novel that movie is based on, NOTHING LASTS FOREVER by Roderick Thorpe–which I read over Xmas last year. Below I’ve pasted a slight polishing-up of my Goodreads review of NOTHING LASTS FOREVER (which I gave 4 … Continue reading “DIE HARD (its Origins), Violence, Redemption, and Xmas (Plus a Bonus Writing Tip!)”

On Micro-agression and Macro-depression and Xmas/Xanukah (with bonus tracks!!!)

Hey All, I continue to write a monthly column for the Ann Arbor Chronicle. This time around it’s on math and Jews and *The Holidays* and microagression and Thoth and Ganeesh and Hobby Lobby and so on. Somewhere in the later half I say something like this: The Ann Arbor Chronicle | In It For … Continue reading “On Micro-agression and Macro-depression and Xmas/Xanukah (with bonus tracks!!!)”

A Holiday Tip for Gentile Schoolteachers🎅🏿🕎

Last year, during the pandemic, I eavesdropped the most brilliant piece of classroom third-rail navigation I’ve ever seen in my life. This was in my then-third grader’s Zoom music class (we’ll leave for another day any discussion of the crime against humanity that is “grade-school Zoom music class”). This is always a fraught time of … Continue reading “A Holiday Tip for Gentile Schoolteachers🎅🏿🕎”

I stand corrected! (or “On the True Meaning of DIE HARDnukah🕎”

Actually, Die Hard — a story about a desperate insurgency against a vastly superior invading force, requiring the near-miraculous marshalling of limited resources —is a Hanukkah movie — Jacob Brogan (@Jacob_Brogan) December 14, 2020 My thoughts on Die Hard and Xmas, from ~2013: “DIE HARD (its Origins), Violence, Redemption, and Xmas (Plus a Bonus Writing … Continue reading “I stand corrected! (or “On the True Meaning of DIE HARDnukah🕎””