Context > Texting

I’ll start with a tangent (can you begin with a tangent? If you’re starting with it, by definition it’s the thing your discussing. Anyway): today in the American Northeast, January is wearing the look that earned it its street cred: impossibly depressing wet snow that can’t even reach the muddy dead grass without corroding into … More Context > Texting

Must Great Artists Act Like Bad People? Joan Didion Had Some Thoughts

By Jack Canfora Ok, just to be clear, this isn’t a post debating the merits and debits of cancel culture. At all. So, let’s all take a cleansing breath to celebrate that. However, the recent passing of the peerless writer Joan Didion got me to thinking about what it takes to be a great writer … More Must Great Artists Act Like Bad People? Joan Didion Had Some Thoughts

A Post For Those Who Find The Holidays Challenging

By Jack Canfora (But not really – someone way better – and best of all – departed long enough to free me of any copyright issues! Besides, the letter is written to someone named Kappus, which I repeatedly misread as Krappus, so that’s comic gold right there… Rome, 23 December 1903 My dear Mr Kappus, … More A Post For Those Who Find The Holidays Challenging

What The “Get Back” Documentary Taught Me About The Nature of Creativity and Friendship

Ok, buckle up; this is a long one. Here are but some of my thoughts on the recent release of the groundbreaking documentary about the Beatles in their final days, “Get Back.” Spoiler alerts ahead, BTW. First off, if you’re a casual fan of the band, if you watch this 8 1/2 hour Odyssey, I’d … More What The “Get Back” Documentary Taught Me About The Nature of Creativity and Friendship

I Hope This Will Bore You (And Frankly, I Like My Chances)

By Jack Canfora The president of Netflix (I didn’t even know they had a president; I thought they were a constitutional monarchy) once said, “Our competition isn’t the other streaming platforms; our competition is sleep.” Which, when I read that, really crystallized for me something about how we live. So many of us have become … More I Hope This Will Bore You (And Frankly, I Like My Chances)

What’s the Point?

By Jack Canfora This evening, I will have a (virtual) table read of a new play of mine. I think it has promise, but for me, and I think I’m not alone in this among playwrights, until I hear it out loud, I can’t be sure. Reading it is different from hearing. Unlike, say, novels … More What’s the Point?

“Oh God. It’s One Of Those Days And I’m Not Even Out of Bed. Help!”

By Jack Canfora First of all: I’m so sorry to hear that. There are few feelings that can sink us lower. However, a surprising amount of us have been in your shoes before. Well, not your shoes, as you’re still in bed, but you get my point. Not only have many of us been there before, … More “Oh God. It’s One Of Those Days And I’m Not Even Out of Bed. Help!”

It’s Summertime, And The Living Is Marginally Easier

By Jack Canfora “Do you always wait for the longest day of the summer and then miss it?” asked Daisy Buchanan. “We should do something,” American literature’s shallowest character continues, before asking, “What do people do?” It’s a fair question. We’re heading into perhaps the most eagerly awaited summer of many of our lives. A … More It’s Summertime, And The Living Is Marginally Easier

Memorial Day

By Jack Canfora I’ve always felt odd wishing people a Happy Memorial Day. After all, it’s a day honoring the war dead. Whether these unfortunate souls died fighting fascism, or perhaps decidedly less noble causes, the bottom line is all of them believed in something bigger than themselves, and they gave their lives for it. … More Memorial Day

Don’t Be Offended If I Say I Hope You’ll Take Offense

By Jack Canfora For years – nay, decades- we could count on the more conservative elements of society to take offense to all manner of things besetting our culture and ruining our way of life: from women having the vote to the automobile to the Charleston to Elvis to long haired louts from Liverpool to … More Don’t Be Offended If I Say I Hope You’ll Take Offense