Author Archives: Paleo Retiree

About Paleo Retiree

Onetime media flunky and movie buff, formerly Michael Blowhard. Now a rootless parasite on a quest to find the perfectly-crafted artisanal cocktail.


Paleo Retiree writes: I somehow managed to make it through the 1970s without seeing any of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s movies, the best-known of which were “El Topo,” “The Holy Mountain,” and “Santa Sangre.” A few months ago, though, I watched the … Continue reading

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Web Musings

Paleo Retiree writes: One of the things that has fascinated me most during my years of hanging out online is the way the web has given many superbright, very logical people an outlet for their thoughts and observations. Until 2001 or … Continue reading

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Gratuitous Swoopy-Doopiness Du Jour

Pale Retiree writes: Now under construction on W. 28th St. in Manhattan, a new apartment building by international superstar/curse Zaha Hadid: This is part of the High Line District, an area that’s been turned into a playground for trendy starchitecture. … Continue reading

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Paleo Retiree writes: When I announced “I’m perfectly happy” as we were watching this erotic costume drama, my wife gave a giggle — she knew exactly what I meant. “Nana” isn’t simply a fuck film or an exploitation movie. It … Continue reading

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Paleo Retiree writes: Interesting / awful film by Catherine Hardwicke, who did the first “Twilight” movie, which I haven’t seen and don’t plan to see. It’s an interesting movie because Hardwicke is very talented; it’s an awful one because of … Continue reading

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Changing Mores and Expectations: Bras in Public

Paleo Retiree writes: The heat and humidity have finally settled over New York City, and with the onset of sultry weather the city’s women have been stripping down to skimpy hot-weather wear. Early summer here is always a fun season for girl-watching, bemusement and wondering what it’s … Continue reading

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Paleo Retiree writes: Are bottled cocktails worth the cost? (Link thanks to Eddie Pensier.) Has the fake Holocaust memoir become a literary genre of its own? Want to tell the FCC you don’t want it fucking with net neutrality? Here’s … Continue reading

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Whiskey Class Tonight

Paleo Retiree writes: When people ask me what I’m doing with myself in retirement, I like to tell them that I’m getting back to my studies.

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Diversity Du Jour

Paleo Retiree writes: Spotted recently: J.P Morgan/Chase lending support to LGBT Pride Month and Marriott International promoting a trans fashion model. Small reminder to diversity fans — you aren’t fighting the power. You are the power. Related Steve Sailer cuts through … Continue reading

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Retro Pleasures: A Shave and a Haircut

Paleo Retiree writes: Thank god the era of the men’s hair stylist is over. Hair stylists, eh? Fussiness, “styling products,” girly smells … It seemed like part of the worldwide conspiracy to make men as vain, as vapid and as anxiety-ridden … Continue reading

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