September 2010

OK, just kidding.  The list below is not by any stretch a list of the 301 greatest screen actors of this or any other time.  Unlike, say, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, I’d never be so presumptuous as to attempt to qualify (or for that matter, quantify) a craft which is at its […]


Fun Facts — Songwriter Edition

by M.C. Antil on September 24, 2010

Did you know… That Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees wrote “To Love Somebody” specifically for Otis Redding, but that Redding died before he was able to record it?   That when native Hoosier Hoagy Carmichael wrote the music for “Georgia (On My Mind)” it was widely believed to be a song about a woman […]


On Jason Lane, Johnny Cash and History Once Removed

by M.C. Antil on September 21, 2010

It was the bottom of the 10th inning, Game One of the 2005 World Series between the Houston Astros and my hometown Chicago White Sox.  The Sox closer Bobby Jenks had just given up two runs in the 9th to allow Houston to tie the game, and now as the Sox came to bat in […]


On Hoffman, Pacino and Getting Caught in the “Act”

by M.C. Antil on September 15, 2010

People who know say acting is really reacting.  The best actors aren’t always the ones with the best face, the most commanding voice, the strongest physical presence or even the best timing.  They’re the ones who live in the moment; who listen most attentively and react most genuinely to all that is being said or done within […]


I do not play guitar.  I don’t even own a guitar.  I simply love the  guitar.  And on occasions I’ve even been known to recognize halfway decent guitar playing when I hear it. So given my lack of musical chops, my total inability to read or write music, and the fact that I have some […]

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Neil Diamond, Rod Stewart and the Road More Traveled

by M.C. Antil on September 9, 2010

One of the advantages of living through any era is that you can watch an artist’s career play out in real time, without obscuring filters like hindsight and historical perspective.  And if you’re the kind who really pays attention as a career unfolds, you can note the subtle shifts that occur, shifts that years later become more difficult, if […]