Summer’s Last Hurrah

By Jack Canfora I'll start with a confession. I don't really know if this is summer's last hurrah. I haven't heard it hurrah at all so far, at least I think I haven't, but in another confession, I've never really heard anyone use hurrah in an unironic fashion, and basing what it would sound like... Continue Reading →

Baby, We’re A Firework

By Jack Canfora So, fans of calendars will know July 4th is fast approaching, or as we Americans refer to it, July 4th. Or Independence Day, if we're feeling formal, or referring to the Will Smith/Jeff Goldblum blockbuster from the 90s. I've always been a little iffy about this holiday, although I do have a... Continue Reading →

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.... Continue Reading →

E Pluribus Screw ‘Em

By Jack  Canfora “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald* First the good news: this is NOT a political post. In no way is it a political post; this simply isn’t... Continue Reading →

A Sudden Glory

By Jack Canfora Apologies for my absence. The good news is my online theater company, New Normal Rep, starts streaming today and runs through April 4th (www.newnormalrep.org) The first play is mine! Help me fill the gaping hole in my psyche that only the approval of strangers can fill! Forgive the plug, but that's also... Continue Reading →

Been A While

By Jack Canfora It feels like a long time since I've posted on here; it's likely you, with your busy lives crammed with saving democracy, binging various food-themed shows, and (if you're like me) binging on actual food haven't noticed my absence, but I certainly have. Much of it has been for a happy reason:... Continue Reading →

The Witty One

By Jack Canfora John Lennon was 40 when he was killed; that murder took place 40 years ago today. I spent most of my teenage years trying to be John Lennon; eventually I realized that position was permanently filled. The whole band (you know who I’m talking about, right?) grabbed my imagination and still hasn’t... Continue Reading →

A Very Hallmark Christmas Great Gatsby

By Jack Canfora Everything changes at the holidays, even seminal works of literature. (Gatsby in his mansion, alone, disconsolate.) Gatsby: Daisy chose Tom over me. It can’t be. It can’t. (The phone rings. Picks it up.) Daisy?Gatsby’s Wise Yet Hitherto Unmentioned Uncle: Well, it’s been a long time since anyone’s called me Daisy. No, it’s... Continue Reading →

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