Michael Olesker


How Woody Allen Liberated Us

How Woody Allen Liberated Us

The nation’s pop culture writers are currently taking note of the 40th anniversary of “Annie Hall,” thus reminding us of a time when Woody Allen made us laugh without restraint over his jokes instead of cringing a little over his personal life. Allen took the image of...

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Lenny’s Deli Closing Marks End of Tradition

Lenny’s Deli Closing Marks End of Tradition

Down there in vanishing East Baltimore, the big sign on the parking lot wall outside of Lenny’s Deli reads, “The Lombard Street Tradition Continues …” But the sign’s now officially outdated. The tradition fades with this week’s news that Lenny’s on fabled Lombard...

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Thirteen Days, Revisited?

Thirteen Days, Revisited?

As North Korea continues to flex its nuclear muscle, a New York Times front page story today calls the potential confrontation with the United States “the Cuban missile crisis in slow motion.” Some of us are old enough to remember that crisis and do not wish to...

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Spicer’s Job is an Impossible One

Spicer’s Job is an Impossible One

Sometimes, it’s best to save our hatred. The outcry against White House press secretary Sean Spicer is pretty widespread by now, and understandably so. In attempting to justify last week’s U.S. air strike against Syria, Spicer this week reminded everyone of the...

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