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Susan Greer was walking her golden retriever one morning near her home, in Morristown, New Jersey, she heard footsteps behind her. It was just after six, on a warm Saturday in late July of 1998; she liked the quiet and the early-morning light.

Five or six years ago a distinguished writer-director (if I may be permitted the epithet in connection with a Hollywood personage) was co-author of a screen play nominated for an Academy Award. Getting a little tired of all this artistic temperament in the home, his wife suddenly came up with one of those awful remarks which achieve a wry immortality in Hollywood: "For Pete's sake, don't take it so seriously, darling. After all, Luise Rainer won it twice."

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"Family Guy" may be one of the most popular shows of our time, but its approach to comedy has also generated a lot of haters.


Diagnosed with terminal cancer two years ago, and given only months to live, Sam Simon is still alive and still racing to spend the fortune he made as co-creator of The Simpsons on causes he loves, whether he is rescuing grizzly bears (and chinchillas and elephants) or funding vegan food banks.

An alt-country wunderkind who hates country music, a restlessly prolific songwriter stifled by his label, a reformed hell-raiser determined to maintain privacy in a celebrity marriage. For 20 tumultuous years, Ryan Adams has done things the hard way, but thanks to a thriving new studio-cum-clubhouse — and a surprising amount of pinball — he’s finally at ease.

american airlines longformThere are frequent fliers, and then there are people like Steven Rothstein and Jacques Vroom. It was almost like owning a fleet of private jets. Each had paid American more than $350,000 for an unlimited AAirpass and a companion ticket that allowed them to take someone along on their adventures. Both agree it was the best purchase they ever made, one that completely redefined their lives.

When she joined the show, Kaling was 24, new to Los Angeles and the only woman on a writing staff of eight. Many of the 22 episodes Kaling has written in the last seven years are fan favorites: “The Injury,” in which the doofus boss, Michael Scott, burns his foot on a George Foreman Grill while getting out of bed (“I like waking up to the smell of bacon,” he explains. “Sue me.”); “The Dundies” and“Michael’s Last Dundies,” about the employees’ much-loathed annual prize ceremony; and “Niagara,” in which the sweethearts Pam and Jim marry. Kaling co-wrote “Niagara” with Daniels, and they both received an Emmy nomination.

Are we helpless to stop mass shootings? Is anyone even trying to stop them? The good news is that the answers are No and Yes. The bad news: The person loading up hasn't gotten the news. He didn't become famous the way other desperate and aggrieved young men have, but he made himself well-known enough to think that when he came home after eight and a half years in prison, there might be cameras waiting for him on his front lawn and people interested in asking him questions. 

On Christmas morning, 2008, I woke up on the floor of the 1997 Chrysler minivan I lived in, parked behind the Kinko’s just two miles from my old house in San Marino. It was raining, and I was cold, even though I had slept in three layers of clothes.

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