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.

“I, Psychopath” and “God’s Angry Man”

Paleo Retiree writes: Have you run into Sam Vaknin? He’s quite a phenomenon. Vaknin is a self-described narcissist who has, primarily online, made a name for himself as an expert on narcissism. Hundreds of thousands of people have watched his … Continue reading

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Brexit Readings

Paleo Retiree writes: I’ve been loving following the in-the-wake-of-Brexit debates. Interesting times, to put it mildly. Here are some of the essays, op-eds and articles that I’ve gotten the most out of. Was the EU formed in order to avoid … Continue reading

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Paleo Retiree writes: Irony du jour 1. Irony du jour 2. Meet the inventor of the selfie. Why do our elites cling to liberalism as if it were a religion? Jim Kalb has some hunches. Tyler Cowen’s recent conversation with … Continue reading

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Architecture and Color

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“Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell”

Paleo Retiree writes: A brightly-colored, super-polished confection starring Gina Lollobrigida that crosses two genres of its era: the marriage-is-impossible farce and the Americans-touring-Europe-by-bus comedy. (I watched in on this disc.) My wife hated it, and we both wondered if it might not … Continue reading

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Paleo Retiree writes: Fake hate crime du jour. Good to see that someone’s keeping track. In a world of Trumpism vs. Clintonism, which will be the party of the 1%? Charles Koch prefers Hillary to any of the Repubs. Will … Continue reading

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“The Birth of Saké”

Paleo Retiree writes: This film (which recently appeared on Netflix Instant) isn’t an informative, clear, traditional documentary. It isn’t an expressive cine-essay, like “Sans Soleil” or “Be Here to Love Me,” either. Instead, it’s an impressionistic, reverential, dark thing — almost … Continue reading

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