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The Essential Art of Not Taking Offense

on February 11, 2015 by

A recent controversy surrounding the stand-up comedy group All-India Bakchod (‘fuck senseless’) caused them to take down an inflammatory video of a roast they did from YouTube. My Hindi is intermediate, not good enough to follow Indian stand-up comedy, which is a huge pity: it is a cultural phenomenon that is rising like a fire-breathing dragon in the New India, a welcome appropriation from what I am henceforth calling the American Raj, our unstoppable cultural hegemony that digs deeper, spreads thicker as economies improve, and lives become more comfortable, decent lifestyles more affordable. But unlike the British Empire there will never be a satyagraha to get rid of a chameleonic hydra that appropriates almost as much as it is appropriated from. (Well, not really almost. A little bit, really.)

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AMOR OMNIA VINCIT?

What I Want to Be When I Grow Up

on January 27, 2015 by

A young friend asked my ten-year-old niece a standard question that many adults ask children, but I never do: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

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TRAVELS WITH THE HUN

SCARLETT’S LETTERS: Point to Point

on October 20, 2014 by

{Un point est définitif, et puis il y a x, y et z}

Dear James and James,

Just arrived back in Paris from London. Back and forth between two fixed points, under the sea, over the sceptered green that is fading to autumn. I jolt from a train-lulled reverie unsure of which point is which; both ends of the…

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THE INDIA FILES

‘Just Don’t Die in India’

on December 24, 2014 by

During my early years in India, back in the late 80s, when I was writing the first feature film of mine that would go into production, I was invited to dinner at the home of a charming socialite in the Juhu area of what was then called Bombay. Some people say Juhu is the Malibu of Mumbai, but that isn’t being fair to either California or India. The only things that make the comparison viable are the location on the beach, the presence of film folk, and the insane real-estate prices. To be honest, the strongest shared quality is that the two names rhyme.

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FILMMAKING

Film Production: Why The DP is Your MVP

on October 2, 2014 by

I’m mentoring a young friend through the process of writing and directing his first feature, which he’ll shoot in a year; he’s still in development tweaking the script before it goes out to cast. His executive producer, the former president of a major studio, said to him the other day, “Your cinematographer is the most important person on set after you.” I couldn’t agree more.

There’s nothing like working with a great DP, it makes all the difference in the world to the outcome of your film on many levels. The most important level for me is the personal, the experience of making a film. I don’t get to direct often, so when I do I want to enjoy it, to be carried away by, yes, the quasi-spiritual experience of creating something worthy in harmony with my crew, as cheesy as that might sound.

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EGOMANIA

    Hate Is a Drug

    on April 29, 2014 by

    I live in an area of West Hollywood that is on the hill well above the three blocks of back-to-back gay bars known as…

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BOUTIQUING

Row, Row, Row Your…

on July 24, 2014 by

Gentle reader,

As you most likely have heard, the weather in Los Angeles is usually wonderfully pleasant, which is probably why so many goddamned people want to live here. There are, however, those sporadic days during the summer when it gets a little too hot in our lovely jewel box above Hollywood and the tour buses and Hollywood Bowl traffic make me want to drop pipe bombs at regular intervals along Cahuenga Boulevard. Yesterday was one such day so, after my trainer and an abbreviated hike in the hills, I decided to have a cool shower and get the fuck out of there.  I’d been dying to see my friend Mary since we both ventured forth from the Armani fold last month and it seemed a great time to visit her new home at The Row on Melrose Place, the very first boutique for the brand in the whole entire world.  And they must have air conditioning, right?

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