Neil Simon, Preeminent And Prolific Playwright And Screenwriter, Has Died At 91

Neil Simon remained a busy writer for most of his life. All in all, he wrote more than 50 plays and screenplays. In a 1996 interview with NPR’s Fresh Air, Simon said there was never any doubt what his vocation would be.

“I don’t think I would have liked to be anything else in life but a writer,” he said. “But I also don’t think I could have been anything else.”

“Did you ever try?” asked host Terry Gross.

“Well, no,” Simon said. “I’ve been too busy writing.”

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Las Vegas


I get a kick out of the approach to Las Vegas. The abrupt transition from stark desert to standard American suburb.

McCain

McCain was a conflicted figure. He helped create today’s paranoid political climate and the white supremacist GOP, while also fighting against it.

In a famous 2008 exchange, McCain defended Obama against a bigoted woman. But that bigotry was fueled to a large part by Sarah Palin, whom McCain named as his VP candidate. McCain and Palin played good cop-bad cop.

Also, McCain failed to point out that being an Arab is not something that’s wrong. It’s just an ethnic group, like Italians or Irish or Jews or WASPS. And there are, I bet, more Arab-Americans serving honorably in the US military than are terrorists or terrorist sympathizers.

Later, McCain spoke out against Trump, but he voted the Republican party line much of the time. And in his last months, rather than resigning office so the Senate seat would be up for election, he held on so the seat would be held by a Republican appointee. He put his party above his state or country. As Republicans today do.

McCain did significant evil in his time in elective office, but he also did significant good. I’m not mourning him today, but I’m not inclined to shit on those who are.

The Real Story Behind John McCain’s Famous Campaign Rally Moment, Carla Herreria/HuffPost