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Burt Prelutsky

  • Not for Keeps

    May 24, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    There are lots of things wrong with awards, aside from the fact that I so rarely win one. First off, there are way too many of them. All some people have to do is show up, and you know there's an award in store for them. Every time Steven Spielberg leaves his house, I guarantee he...

  • The Mobs Rule

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    One of the things that continues to astound me is the attention the world media pay to the intifada. Let a few Palestinian teenagers start hurling stones, and you can count on CNN to record the event as if it were history in the making, instead of what it really is: a prepackaged...

  • My Mother’s Kitchen: A Natural Disaster Area

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    My mother had a green thumb. Too bad she employed it in the kitchen, not the garden. To her credit, she was such a good housekeeper, you could have eaten off her floors. Which, unfortunately, was preferable to eating off her plates.

    There are people, I'm aware, who are terror-stricken...

  • Humor

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    As I see it, the big problem with the political debates isn't, as everybody contends, the candidates; rather, it's the format. It's too polite, too genteel. You wind up with two men, who have spent months accusing each other of being treacherous fools, suddenly having to put on...

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  • All of the Above for President

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Unfortunately, it is once again one of those years when it is simply impossible to avoid discussing politics. The problem is that so many otherwise cordial people become so snippy when it comes to presidential elections. Being an independent with Libertarian leanings, I find the...

  • All the News

    June 8, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It all began when Times columnist Al Martinez wrote a column about the events at the Pacific Palisades high school. For those of you unfamiliar with the brouhaha, a number of students took it upon themselves to publish an underground paper for no other purpose than to attack some...

  • Coming Back for Seconds?

    May 4, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It figures, inasmuch as nobody really knows what happens to people when they die, that a slew of goofy theories would spring up to fill the void. Still, none of them strikes me as being half as bizarre as reincarnation, the ideology that presumes people keep coming back until they...
  • Unsolved Mysteries

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Although I am occasionally called a know-it-all, it's not modesty alone that prevents my ever making the claim on my own behalf. The truth is that there are any number of things about which I know absolutely nothing. Right off the bat, I can think of several, ranging from soccer to...
  • A Diet You Can Live With

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It seems like only yesterday that everyone who could possibly afford it made sure to consume a lot of eggs, milk and red meat. In my case, come to think of it, that was yesterday.

    It's not that I'm unaware of the part that nutrition plays in one's overall health. It's not even that I...

  • Staying Put

    November 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When I was in my 20s and 30s, I did a fair amount of travel, spending various lengths of time in Canada, Mexico, Japan, Yugoslavia, England, Portugal, Panama, the Canary Islands, Chile and Brazil. I also found time to visit about a third of the states. Then, one day, I said, enough!...
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