It's a sinking feeling to realize your actions would be the same if you were trying to undermine your values, that just doing what you've always done fits a narrative you would reject if given a chance. Sometimes the matter can be as small as "has my show pod-faded without me realizing?". Sometimes it's a matter of life and death where thoughtless actions line up with death, even unintentionally. Slight differences in choices or behavior can change things for the better. Failing to take such action, whether bold or benign, should lead us to a crucial question: how would I have behaved differently if I'd intended to do such harm?

Different Drummer: David Hayward

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I won't be observing Noirvember this year, in the first year I've truly considered it. Not sure I have the time or the bandwidth to watch 30 movies, one per day, from the same genre/type. If I did, though, the list would look something like this, with five 6-packs of films covering topics like classics, pairs, need (I need to see these, and I haven't yet), foreign, and extras.

Crossfire (1947)
Railroaded! (1947)
The Big Sleep (1946)
D.O.A. (1949)
M (1931)
The Scarlet Claw (1944)

The Maltese Falcon (1931)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Pickup on South Street (1953)
The Naked Kiss (1964)
Blood Simple (1984)
The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)

My personal need-to-see list
Criss Cross (1949)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Laura (1944)
Lady in the Lake (1946)
Following (1998)
Dark City (1998)

Foreign-language films
High and Low (1963)
Shoot the Piano Player (1960)
Umberto D. (1952)
Coup de Torchon (1981)
Alphaville (1965)
Todo Modo (1976)

L.A. Confidential (1997)
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Body Heat (1981)
Brick (2005)
Palmetto (1998)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

In case that last choice, which is valid, is too controversial ... here's a substitute pick:
No Country for Old Men (2007)

Happy Noirvember!



The politics of abortion has long been a game of state legislatures passing laws they know are unconstitutional. It's a bit like asking a question over and over again when you already know the answer. The situation has now devolved into something worse, an abuse of concepts like "standing" and "damages" in civil litigation. And the current U.S. Supreme Court seems to be aiding and abetting Texas in what could be called, at best, a foolish mistake.

Different Drummer: George Carlin

Your questions about Texas' new abortion law, answered

One reason to share this early episode of Inappropriate Conversations is the way the Different Drummer segment relates part of a story I've revisited in multiple ways -- my testimony, so to speak. I intend to "TalkBack" to other episodes in upcoming months that tell the story more directly. Another reason is the topic itself: types and forms of knowledge. Along those lines, new introductory material looks at opposition to vaccination from a perspective that, frankly, presumes hypocrisy. Many of the same people who were enthusiastic about following the ex-president quickly through Operation Warp Speed are the ones who seem more interested in undermining the new administrative branch than saving their own lives. It's almost as if this is more about who is president than about the positive impact of vaccination during a pandemic.


It's always a risk to post a TalkBack episode from almost 9 years ago without reviewing it first. For Pride this year, I'm taking that risk. Since #IC #107 focused on moments in my past I'm not proud of, interacting with gays without recognizing and checking my ingrained homophobia, I figure this one would have embarrassing elements either way. It is a direct follow-up to the previous TalkBack episode. These two Inappropriate Conversations were intentionally released in the same week originally. There is a connection, along with a follow-up to one story in an episode that would follow a month later.

My plan is to observe Pride this year with TalkBack episodes that address homophobia pretty directly. This one is my rejection of someone I've named a Different Drummer in the past. His podcast hesitantly, but I also would say proudly, proclaimed some highly misinformed views about human biology, scripture, and more. I believe the result, if not the intent, could be very harmful to a broad range of LGBTQIA* people. So, as an ally, I spoke up. It wouldn't be the last time, either.


In 2021 for most American Christians, Christmas will be celebrated on December 25th. No surprise there. For those with good recent memory, Easter was celebrated on April 4th. Not as easy to recall as 12/25, but a simple date to find on any secular calendar. This upcoming Sunday, May 23rd, is Pentecost. I'd bet that very few Americans know that, including politically-active Christians who are outspoken about perceived attacks like "cancel culture" as a form of marginalization. I'd argue that the Holy Spirit is far more marginalized than any church group, often by church groups.


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