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Paean to Ang Lee

It’s Oscar season, so as an Academy member, that means many functions.  I have somehow gotten on some very good lists. One highlight was the lunch for Ang Lee.  What’s ironic is that I doubt uber-publicist Peggy Siegel knew about our thirty-year friendship, and that we worked together on what was the first feature in …

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TCL Chinese Theatre

Last week, the theater announced it had sold the naming rights to the Chinese Electronics Giant, TCL.  The funds will be used to refurbish the theater and bring it back to its original glory.   Of all the branding opportunities and acquisitions being made from China these days, this one seems extremely fitting! For decades, …

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Musical Giants

Weeping. Losing Dave Brubeck and Ravi Shankar in one week is just too much.  Dave gives sweet surprise, a lust for life. Ravi takes you to a dark cave, lit dimly by candle, but where you can see all your shadows .  Ravi Shankar Dave Brubeck

“Reading” China

If you want to get a true feel through the printed word for what’s going on China  – please go beyond the newspapers, which specialize in sweeping generalizations or sensationalism that can ultimately dehumanize the place.  Check out the really insightful writings of some of our best journalists and authors – Evan Osnos, Peter Hessler, …

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SF, How Do I Love Thee

                My friend and I hiked in Bolinas, a beach town outside of SF, and we saw these sculptures — one “man-made”, and one “naturally made.”   Ah, San Francisco and environs, how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways. Your natural beauty, your buildings bleached …

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