Christmas Movies for We Who Don’t Do Christmas

If there is a war on Christmas, I want no part of it. A lot of people, children especially, enjoy its traditions. So why quibble? Let them eat their yule log! But, if you're like me, you look for ways to avoid all that sap. So here are some well informed choices you can make amid the holiday frenzy that still satisfy the some-say-cynical-I'll-take-hypercritical among us.

All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues (Part Two)

There are different kinds of paternity. You have your father and your father figures and then, as we have touched on before, you have those people whose brilliance propels your craft—the fathers of your art. Much in the way that I imagine many American writers of the Twentieth Century felt when a Russian named Vladimir Nabokov came to this country and wrote in our language with more elegance, nuance, and sensitivity than any of them could, it maddens me that I cannot be Sam Shepard.