Breaking A Born Loser Mindset (Via “The Hustler”)

You can be a winner and still feel like a loser. Just ask Fast Eddie. The problem is staying a loser. Here’s how he worked his way out of the mindset via two great quotes from The Hustler.  The first comes from Bert, the man who briefly becomes his mentor. Bert tells Eddie he didn’t … Continue reading Breaking A Born Loser Mindset (Via “The Hustler”)

How To Take A Stand (A Sidney Poitier Pep-Talk)

Here’s how you take a stand when the stakes demand it.  The 1967 movie, In the Heat of the Night, is a story about a black detective from Philly who gets unexpectedly thrust into a murder investigation in a southern (and still racist) Mississippi community.  In the original book and the screenplay, there’s a scene … Continue reading How To Take A Stand (A Sidney Poitier Pep-Talk)

Podcast Of The Week: It’s A Wonderful Podcast (And Life)

Pop Culture Happy Hour takes a look at the holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. I’ve already watched it once this year and had my cry, so hearing the whole lot of them go back and forth is delightful. Come for Glen Weldon’s sarcastic panning of the entire movie (it’s brilliant, even if you love … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: It’s A Wonderful Podcast (And Life)

When It Rains, Get Wet

RZA said one of the best pieces of advice he ever heard came from Quincy Jones: “When it rains, get wet.” If something good is happening, partake. And not “good” meaning perfect, or positive, or not confusing, but… natural. Don’t grab an umbrella, don’t run inside, don’t hide from the tide - if it starts … Continue reading When It Rains, Get Wet

Podcast Of The Week: Quentin Tarantino

Oh to be a fly on the wall for this one. Rounders and Pulp Fiction were critical parts of my formative years, and I still hold these movies on such a pedestal when it comes to dialogue, stories, and character. To have the writers of each sitting together and geeking out over each other's work … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Quentin Tarantino

Podcast Of The Week: The Little Mermaid Was Wrong

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Malcolm Gladwell’s at it again. If you grew up with/raised kids on Disney (and Disney princesses, and the like), you’ll want to pay attention to this one. The Little Mermaid, in the traditional sense, is a queer allegory. In the Disney sense it's an abuse of the understanding of contract law. In a cultural sense … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: The Little Mermaid Was Wrong

Sunday Music: Cause You’ve Got Soul, And Everybody Knows, And It’s All Right

How we talk to ourselves, how we think of our purpose, why we think we do or do not belong - these are the heavy, weighty, and extraordinarily beautiful concepts Soul wrestles with. I don’t care if you don’t have little kids in your life. I don’t care if you’re “too old for cartoons.” I … Continue reading Sunday Music: Cause You’ve Got Soul, And Everybody Knows, And It’s All Right