What’s behind the fire that fuels Michael Thomas?

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Ryan Thomas forgives Roxanne Pallett as he wins CBB

A tearful Ryan Thomas said he would forgive Roxanne Pallett as he was crowned the winner of this year’s Celebrity Big Brother.
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The Legacy of Veronica Mars: Rob Thomas’ Big Goal for a Future Revival

Veronica Mars, Kristen BellYou can’t keep a good private eye down, including Veronica Mars. Yep, the beloved series about the snarky sleuth is still poised to come back to life.
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Isaiah Thomas agreed to a one-year, $ 2 million deal with the Nuggets, sources said, as he joins his fourth team in a year. It’s high-reward, low-risk for Denver and a chance for Thomas to re-establish himself.
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Thomas Rhett Debuts Music Video for “Life Changes” But Is It His Best Music Video to Date?

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Thomas Cook admits customer data breach

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Thomas Doherty, Dove CameronDove Cameron’s boyfriend Thomas Doherty is wearing his heart on his back.
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Thomas, Rondo clash over Celts’ tribute, tossed

Lakers point guard Isaiah Thomas said Pelicans point guard Rajon Rondo hit him in the face three times and brought up his video tribute in Boston during Wednesday night’s game. The two had to be separated and were ejected late in the first quarter.
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Thomas: ‘I got my powers back’ in Lakers debut

Isaiah Thomas said he didn’t want to mess anything up for the Lakers, but the newly acquired guard showed flashes of his old form, even though the team had its four-game win streak snapped against the Mavericks on Saturday.
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Thomas happy with Cavs, ‘tired of being traded’

Isaiah Thomas acknowledged that his first season in Cleveland “hasn’t been as planned.” But, he said, “We definitely have a real chance to win an NBA championship, and I want to be a part of that.”
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After Isaiah Thomas’ slow grind back, Cavs in no rush to ramp up his minutes

The Cavaliers haven’t said when Isaiah Thomas’ minutes restriction will be lifted or when the All-NBA point guard will be available to play back-to-backs, but Thomas is eager to return to full-time action.
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The Future of Veronica Mars: Kristen Bell, Rob Thomas on Current Revival Plans (That Almost Happened!)

Veronica Mars, Kristen BellIt’s been 13 years since Veronica Mars burst onto TV screens and introduced audiences to Kristen Bell. The show ran for three seasons across UPN and The CW until 2007, but cancellation…

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Oprah and Katy Perry’s Homes Threatened as Thomas Fire Grows to Third Largest in State History

Oprah Winfrey and Katy Perry are the latest among the thousands of Californians to be affected as the Thomas Fire rages on, becoming the third-largest wildfire in the state’s history.

Winfrey, who has a home in the coastal city of Montecito, said in a tweet on Saturday that while her house was “so far still standing,” the situation is not getting any easier for those on the scene.

“Still praying for our little town,” the 63-year-old host wrote. “Winds picked up this morning creating a perfect storm of bad for firefighters.”

Perry, 33, shared on her social media pages that her parents had to evacuate their home in Santa Barbara County on her mother’s birthday.

“Woke up to wish my mom a happy 70th birthday today to find my brother evacuating them from the insane #ThomasFire in Santa Barbara County that has kicked up once again… praying for the firefighters & first responders that are fighting it back as best they can,” she said, adding a broken heart emoji. “Love you SB.”

The singer later added a message thanking firefighters and first responders who continue to battle the blaze.

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Several celebrities have left their homes due to the fire threat since the fire started near Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula (its namesake) on Dec. 4. Ellen DeGeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi shared last week that they had evacuated their six pets from their home near Santa Barbara, while former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Adrienne Maloof announced her family’s evacuation on Twitter.

Chelsea HandlerLionel RichieParis Hilton and Lea Michele also had to leave their homes for safer ground.

The massive Thomas Fire covered at least 267,500 acres as of Saturday evening, according to CNN, making it the third-largest wildfire in California’s history. The 2003 Cedar Fire was the largest, which burned 273,246 acres in San Diego County.

Firefighters have fought strong winds to contain 40 percent of the blaze. Forecasters predict winds should ease late Sunday night, allowing for additional containment, the outlet reports.

Collectively, the blazes cover an area larger than New York City and Boston combinedCNN reports. Officials also announced at a news conference that more than 1,000 structures have been destroyed.

RELATED VIDEO: Man Rescues Rabbit From California Wildfire

Two deaths have been linked to the recent fires in southern California. On Dec. 5 a 70-year-old woman was found dead and it is believed she crashed while trying to evacuate the Thomas Fire.

Cory Iverson, a 32-year-old fire-engine strike team member of Cal Fire’s San Diego unit, was killed as he fought a blaze near Ventura County on Thursday. Iverson’s wife Ashley is currently pregnant with their second child. The couple also has a 2-year-old daughter, Evie. A GoFundMe page has been created by Ashley’s friend to help with expenses following the tragedy.


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Seahawks safety Earl Thomas III is a deserving hero for Orange, Texas, his small hometown that has been plagued by natural disasters and racial conflict. But just how much can one man do to pull his community up with him?
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The special connection between Isaiah Thomas and ‘the bravest boy in the world’

At the Cavs’ annual “Big Shots and Little Stars” fundraiser, the shortest player in the NBA found inspiration in 5-year-old Gavin Heileman, who has been fighting cancer for two years and takes pride in being the shortest person in his class.
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In the Spotlight: Thomas Finney’s Modern Take on Made-to-Measure

Designer: Thomas Finney
Backstory: The Michigan native initially thought his career path would lead to the film industry. But once he got immersed in the Savannah College of Art and Design, he switched gears to fashion design, with a focus on men’s wear. He scored an internship with Thom Browne and so impressed the designer that he was hired to be a full-time men’s designer for the label after graduation. He stayed at his “dream job” for four years, working on both the commercial and runway collections, before leaving for a short stint working with Aaron Levine at Club Monaco. “I went from high concept to high street,” he said. About 18 months ago, he took the plunge and launched his own eponymous label, zeroing in on tailored clothing and furnishings.
Aesthetic: Finney admits to a love for Americana and based his silhouette off of a Forties golfing jacket. His ability to combine old-school tailoring techniques with new technology results in a slim, modern cut that is comfortable and easy to wear. In addition to suits, Finney has also created an entire day-to-night wardrobe ranging from denim with a suede crotch — “Yes, I went there.”— to leather jackets and knitwear.
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Thomas, Embiid headed in opposite directions? #NBArank hits the top 50

Thomas, Embiid headed in opposite directions? #NBArank hits the top 50
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For better or worse, LeBron James and Isaiah Thomas are now joined at Thomas’ fragile hip

For better or worse, LeBron James and Isaiah Thomas are now joined at Thomas’ fragile hip
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Essay: Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson and the Ways We Talk About Our Past

Why the words we use to describe Sally Hemings matter.
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Isaiah Thomas: ‘If I were 6-5, I’d be the best player in the world’

Isaiah Thomas: ‘If I were 6-5, I’d be the best player in the world’
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This Sweet Southern Charm Sneak Peek of Thomas Ravenel and Kathryn Dennis Actually Getting Along Might Make You Emotional

Kathryn Calhoun Dennis, Southern CharmQuick, run to your window and look outside. Are pigs flying?
We ask because in the exclusive video above from Southern Charm’s all-new episode, airing tonight, Thomas Ravenel and…

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With attention on Isaiah Thomas, Celtics flip the script on Wizards
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Reuben Foster, Solomon Thomas

San Francisco wound up going two-for-one in the draft, getting Solomon Thomas at no. 3 and their backup at No. 3, Reuben Foster, at 31.



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On eve of sister’s funeral, Isaiah Thomas’ emotions spill out as Celtics advance

On eve of sister’s funeral, Isaiah Thomas’ emotions spill out as Celtics advance
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How Isaiah Thomas defies playoff odds, contract talk and tragedy

How Isaiah Thomas defies playoff odds, contract talk and tragedy
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Amanda Seyfried And Thomas Sadoski Did The Whole Secret Eloping Thing

Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski secretly eloped this weekend and if our fifth sense is correct, there’s a 30 percent chance they’re already married. Ugh, sorry “Mean Girls” fans, you’ll forgive us one day. 

The couple, who are expecting their first child together, married in a private ceremony on March 12, after less than a year of dating. And by private we mean they ran off together and didn’t invite anybody to the wedding. 

The “Newsroom” actor made the surprise announcement on Thursday night during a visit to “The Late Late Show with James Corden” ― if you’re gonna do it, do it big ― when the host caught a glance of his wedding ring. 

“We eloped,” Sadoski announced. “We just took off into the country with an officiant and just the two of us, and we did our thing … We had a great day. It was perfect.”

According to Sadoski, the two took Seyfried’s beloved Australian Shepherd, Finn, along for the ride and wrote their own vows, describing the intimate ceremony as “beautiful.”  

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Seyfried and Sadoski first met while working together on an off-Broadway production of “The Way We Get By” in 2015. However, they didn’t start dating until early 2016, as the actress had recently split from her ex-boyfriend of two years, Justin Long. Seyfried and Sadoski later reunited during filming of “The Last Word,” which hit theaters this month.

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Nordstrom Names Paige Thomas to Head Men’s Merchandising

Nordstrom has a new head of men’s wear.
On Monday, the Seattle-based retailer named Paige Thomas executive vice president and general merchandise manager for men’s and kids.
She succeeds David Witman who is retiring on Wednesday after 27 years with the company.
Thomas joined Nordstrom in 2012 as the company’s first general merchandise manager for its Rack off-price division where she led aggressive growth and expansion with 100 new stores, launched the division’s e-commerce site and integrated off-price merchant teams across Seattle, New York and Los Angeles, the company said.
Prior to Nordstrom, she was general merchandise manager for juniors, accessories and beauty at Kohl’s. Her 24-year retail also includes merchandising and planning roles at May Co., Federated Department Stores and Fred Meyer Stores.
“Paige has proven to be a very effective merchant leader. She is decisive and curious. We are thrilled to have her now leading men’s and kids apparel,” said copresident Pete Nordstrom.

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Thomas and Friends TrackMaster Shooting Star Gordon Motorized Engine

Thomas and Friends TrackMaster Shooting Star Gordon Motorized Engine


Inspired by the Thomas and Friends DVD, “The Great Race”, Shooting Star Gordon brings all the fast-paced excitement of the movie to life! Featuring a cool, streamlined design and fun, motorized action, this racing-themed Gordon train shows the Number Four blue engine like you’ve never seen him before! Shooting Star Gordon also includes a streamlined coal tender and a cargo car. As Gordon races down the tracks, the flags on the cargo car sway back and forth. Create thrilling racing adventures as you send Gordon speeding around your TrackMaster motorized railway!

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Marlo Thomas hopes change can happen from inside the closet

This Jan. 12, 2017 photo, actress, author and activist Marlo Thomas poses for a photo in New York. Thomas, who broke TV barriers in the series, “That Girl,” is debuting a ready-to-wear and accessories collection for HSN called “That Woman” targeting older woman with clothes in vivid colors and nice fabrics. (Photo by Scott Gries/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Feminist actress, author and activist Marlo Thomas, who broke TV barriers in "That Girl," will not be at the Women's March on Washington. She'll be too busy with a new way she hopes to empower women — clothes.



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Thomas Bayrle at Lenbachhaus München, Kunstbau (VIDEO)

In 2012, the German artist Thomas Bayrle caused a stir when he presented a series of running engines that he had cut open at one of the world’s most important art events, Documenta 13 in Kassel (Germany). Accompanied by soundtracks that are largely excerpts from pertinent passages in the ecclesiastical liturgy, the artworks demonstrate the aesthetic of machinery as well as the rhythm and condition of human life in the mass society. The complete set of these pieces are now on view at Lehnbachhaus in Munich (Germany), together with a huge site-specific wall installation and all his early films.

Thomas Bayrle was born in Berlin (Germany) in 1937. Bayrle’s work was on view at the Venice Biennale in 2003 and 2009 and at documenta, Kassel, in 1964, 1977, and 2012. The artist lives and works in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He currently also has a solo exhibition at the ICA in Miami (until March 26, 2017).

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Thomas Bayrle: Hochamt, 2010 (Radial engine, electric drive, sound).

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Nonfiction: The Message of Thomas Friedman’s New Book: It’s Going to Be O.K.

Thomas Friedman’s new book, “Thank You for Being Late,” gives you a much better idea of the forces that are upending your world.
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Criminal Minds Writer Opens Up About Physical Altercation with Thomas Gibson: ‘I Hope the Best for the Guy’

Virgil Williams, a writer for the CBS drama Criminal Minds who was recently involved in a physical altercation with actor Thomas Gibson, is encouraging high school teens to take a stand for what they believe in.

During a recent visit to Ghetto Film School Los Angeles, where he hosted an interactive workshop for students aspiring to work in the entertainment industry, the writer-producer spoke candidly about the importance of telling your story.

“There’s a certain cycle that needs to be broken,” Williams tells PEOPLE. “One of these kids came up and asked me, ‘I’m doing a full report on the diversity problem in Hollywood and how do you think you fix that?’ The first thing that came to my mind was ‘You guys. You guys are the way that we fix that. You guys are here right now. You’re fixing it right now because you’re spending time and you’re studying and you’re working on your craft and you’re trying to tell your stories. You have to be the change that you want to see.’ ”

After being asked by a student how difficult it is to write off a major character on a TV show, Williams immediately referred to Gibson’s departure — and admitted it was not easy.

“It hasn’t been smooth,” Williams tells PEOPLE about writing off Gibson’s character, who only appeared on the first two episodes of the current season. “It was very abrupt. But we tried to do it seamlessly and move on. We’re going to keep moving forward and we’re going to keep telling great stories.”

As for the altercation that ultimately resulted in Gibson’s departure from the hit show in August, Williams says it stemmed from a professional disagreement.

“He came to me with a line change that he wanted,” Williams said. “I felt that change would have hurt the story, but I offered him fix. He didn’t accept the fix and walked off.”

Shortly after a second heated conversation between him and Gibson, the writer — who was in search of the showrunner to explain the situation at hand — said that Gibson kicked him in the shin as he walked by him.

“He came to me with a line change that he wanted. Because of this particular episode, the change that he wanted hurt the story,” Williams said. “I offered him a fix. He didn’t accept the fix. He said, ‘Fix it so I’m happy’ and then walked off.”

Shortly after a second heated conversation between him and Gibson, the writer — who was in search of the showrunner to explain the situation at hand — said that Gibson kicked him in the shin as he walked by him.

However, according to Gibson, the situation unfolded a little differently.

“He came into that room and started coming towards me,” Gibson, 54, previously told PEOPLE. “As he brushed past me, my foot came up and tapped him on the leg. If I hadn’t moved, he would have run into me. We had some choice words, for which I apologized the next day, and that was it. It was over. We shot the scene, I went home – and I never got to go back.”

After what was supposed to be a two-week suspension, Gibson was informed that he was “dismissed” from the show. Since his departure, the CBS drama has seen a decrease in ratings and a twitter campaign using the hashtag #NoHotchNoWatch has been launched in attempt to get his character, special agent Aaron “Hotch” Hotchner, back on the show.

Williams — who admits he himself was once suspended from set for raising his voice — believes Gibson created a “hostile work environment,” but reveals he will, in fact, miss his character.

“ got to watch him, but I got to write him,” says Williams.

Though he doesn’t foresee working with Gibson in the future, Williams wishes him the best.

“I pray for him,” he says. “I hope that he’s getting time with his family. I hope the best for the guy.”


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ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo Pre-Fall 2017

Tony Melillo isn’t concerned with reinventing the wheel at his contemporary brand, ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo, where his M.O. is to elevate and perfect the casual and familiar. But when it comes to fits and fabrics — the way in which sweatpants drape on the leg, for example — he’s meticulous. “Our girl, and our customers, want the best of the best,” he said during a walk-through of his latest pre-fall collection, a lineup of luxurious casual wear done in a muted, neutral palette punctuated with soft pinks and stripes. “That’s what people come back for…and anything that we develop has to have that hand-feel and that relaxed elegance that allows it to fit into this world.”

Melillo’s finely ribbed off-the-shoulder bodysuits, dresses and sweatpants — snug to the body and double-layered for coverage — were well-suited for layering with his oversize silk bomber jackets or hooded V-neck chenille sweatshirts. Other knits — such as speckled cashmere and striped sweaters — were cut oversize with exposed seaming. Tailored gray suiting with black velvet accents, or a languid silk shirtdress in rosy pink, rounded out the relaxed offering with a dose of polish. “As casual as we are, we still feel sexy

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Cynthia Bailey Tells Estranged Husband Peter Thomas ‘I Just Can’t Be Married to You’ in Tearful RHOA Sneak Peek

 

An emotional Cynthia Bailey made the tough decision to begin divorce proceedings from husband Peter Thomas on the Real Housewives of Atlanta premiere. And on Sunday’s episode, the 48-year-old supermodel and her estranged husband come face to face for an emotional meeting.

In an exclusive sneak peek at the episode, Thomas tells Bailey that a hospital visit recently made him realize that she could no longer be his emergency contact. It’s a revelation that brings Bailey to tears.

“Just because we’re going through a divorce  mean I don’t care what happens to you,” she tells her ex, 56. “You’ve been my friend for eight years. You’ve been that person that I call.”

Like she had revealed to her lawyer previously, Bailey tells Thomas she wants their marriage to end peacefully.

“People say when you get divorced you can’t be friends and it’s going to be all this nasty stuff, like we’re gonna hate each other. And I don’t hate you. I don’t want to hate you,” she says. “I still want to be friends with you.”

Bailey even mentions her 17-year-old daughter Noelle Robinson, telling Thomas, “ still want you to have a relationship with Noelle — she’s know you since you were 8 years old. You’ve been like a second dad to her.”

“I love you, I respect you. I just can’t be married to you — that’s it,” she confesses.

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She brings up a conversation the two had in their early days of dating. “When I first met you, we had that conversation about if we’re ever not happy, are you the kind of person to just settle to just be in something?” she said. “And you told me no.”

It’s a conversation that appears to give Thomas the motivation to move forward. “I do want to see you happy,” he tells her — before calling her lawyer, Daniel Meachum, and agreeing to sign off off on whatever he sends.

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A Crack in the Track: A Thomas the Tank Engine Story

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What does it take to bring the entire Island of Sodor Railway System to a halt? Just a crack in the track. Well, a crack in the track and some hail on rail. and a toad in the road, and a fuss on the bus. In fact, one thing leads to another until just about everything that can go wrong does go wrong. Luckily, there’s a breakdown train with a couple of cranes that can fix a big mess (and they don’t mind the rain).

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Quicklet On That Used To Be Us By Thomas Friedman And Michael Mandelbaum (Cliffnotes-Like Book Summary)

Quicklet On That Used To Be Us By Thomas Friedman And Michael Mandelbaum (Cliffnotes-Like Book Summary)


Quicklets: Learn More. Read Less. That Used To Be Us was written by Thomas Friedman (a New York Times foreign correspondent and columnist) and Michael Mandelbaum (Professor of American Policy at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.)Friedman is the author of five bestsellers, including The World Is Flat and a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Friedman graduated from the University of Minnesota and Brandeis University summa cum laude and received a Masters in Philosophy from Oxford University. At The New York Times hes worked as the Chief White House Correspondent and as a reporter in Finance, International Economics, and Foreign Affairs. Mandelbaum is the director of the American foreign-policy program at Johns Hopkins University. He has served on the faculty at Harvard University (from which he received his PhD in Political Science), Columbia University, and the US Naval Academy. He is the author of multiple books, including The Case For Goliath: How America Acts As A World Government In The 21st Century. In That Used To Be Us, Friedman and Mandelbaum posit that creativity and the ability to meet great challenges is more important to the US than ever before. They paint a vivid picture of the economic and political failures that have lead to the current, downhill condition of America, and propose the actions that must be taken by the citizens, businesses, and government leaders of America to reverse its decline. BOOK EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER 2 OF THE TOM FRIEDMAN AND MICHAEL MANDELBAUM QUICKLET: THAT USED TO BE USWhen the Berlin wall collapsed, we felt as though we had achieved the destruction of our most dangerous enemy. We were deluded in our euphoria and made the most dangerous mistake a country can make: We assumed we had no more enemies. In 1946, George Kennan, the deputy chief of mission at the United States Embassy in Moscow drafted what became known as the Long Telegram in which he described the reality of the postwar conflict that was now

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Tony Melillo referred to his latest pre-fall collection as “grunge-luxe.” His lineup of languid sweaters, wide-leg trousers and graphic, Modish minidresses oozed an understated, wearable ease; one that was undone but never messy. Silk blouses, tailored jackets and jumpsuits in sandy neutral tones were finished with oversize breast pockets, riffing on subtle utilitarian themes. Relaxed silhouettes came updated in textural fabrics — such as a large cardigan in a gauzy tape yarn and a few camisoles and skirts in crushed velvet — and were toughened up when paired with leather miniskirts and jackets.

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Reflections on the Soul of Washington, DC: An Interview With Thomas Moore

On July 4th the nation will celebrate its 239th Independence Day. Around the country citizens will celebrate with fireworks and barbeques, vacation getaways, and more somber ceremonies to honor the nation’s veterans. But Independence Day is important in another way: as a time to contemplate the deeper meaning of America. In the following interview with psychotherapist Thomas Moore, bestselling author of Care of the Soul, he reveals the deeper symbolism contained within our American myths and symbols of freedom and independence, especially as they are reflected in the monuments and memorials of the nation’s capital–a place Moore describes as “sacred.” The following is an excerpt from that interview as it appears in my new book, America on the Couch: Psychological Perspectives on American Politics and Culture. (Lantern Books).

Pythia Peay: Can you explain what “soul” means to the layperson?

Thomas Moore: Generally speaking, the spirit is the “upper half,” the part of us that is looking for transcendence, or to evolve, grow, or improve. Whether a city or a person, it’s an orientation toward the future, the eternal afterlife, or those universal values that are above individual circumstances. But the soul is always particular: it’s about family roots, memory, and the past. Spirit is more interested in planning, and the soul is more interested in remembering. The soul works through mood, emotion, reverie, and dreams: all those things are proper to the soul.

So, soul also has a lot to do with those invisible currents that are in the background of everything that’s going on. And one thing that’s always going on in the background is the history of a place.

PP: Washington, D.C. would be even more significant from a soul perspective, then, because it’s the city of our national memory. It’s also rich with images around democracy and the story of the country’s beginnings.

TM: Exactly. The monuments and memorials are extremely important, not just for the city, but for the nation. When I travel throughout the states — and it doesn’t matter what’s going on politically — I find that people feel very deeply and strongly about Washington. The people who have power and money will come and go, but the memorials will remain. So to me, Washington is one of our nation’s treasures, and its primary job is to act as a guardian for the nation’s memory.

PP: I have to admit that sometimes the city feels more like a tourist destination than one of our nation’s sacred treasures.

TM: I wouldn’t call those visitors “tourists.” They’re clearly pilgrims. People are not going to D.C. as tourists the way they would visit another city. [But] what these tourists are doing as they tour the monuments and the city is an aspect of civil religion: it’s honest to goodness deep, deep, soul religion. That’s different even from the spiritual dimension of religion.

PP: So how would this apply to Washington, D.C., and what would a “soul” and a “spirit” approach to the nation’s capital feel like?

TM: The spirit part is to make everything function well, and to be efficient. . .With spirit, there’s a tendency to be educational and to explain everything, rather than letting people have the simple experience of the images and the memories they evoke.

A soul approach would be to visit an old building, for example, and go into a room where an old document was signed, without having to listen to someone give a lecture about it… So when someone is standing in front of a monument, or is in some historic room or building, they need to allow their imagination time and quiet.

PP: D.C. is so rich with statues and images carved into its buildings. Is there a particular figure that to you embodies something of the soul of the city?

TM: The art of weaving things together is a very traditional image of soul. The Goddess Athena, who was the patroness of Athens, and who is the patroness of all cities, was a weaver: I see Athena in all of the buildings, and particularly in the Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol. Being able to weave together cultures and personalities and all sorts of peoples and religions–that is the work of Athena, and that is the work of the city and of the government. So she is the patroness of the soul of the city: not the running of it, but the weaving.

PP: When we think of Dallas, we think of cowboys and Stetson hats and cattle. When we think of Los Angeles, we think of Hollywood. What comes to mind when you think of Washington, D.C.?

TM: When I come to Washington, I feel as if I’m in a whirlpool, or a vortex. In Washington there’s the sense that this is the place where the country and the world holds together. It’s a city where you’re not just thinking of the place itself, you’re thinking of the rest of the country and the world in a way that I don’t feel anywhere else. When I’m in D.C. there’s that sense that people everywhere are looking to the city for their wellbeing: by that I mean peace, justice, and the democratic ideals. That’s what all those institutions, the exalted language carved on the monuments and the great documents that are kept there, are really all about.

The average person in Nebraska or California doesn’t have to think about that kind of life and death stuff as much… Even the monuments and memorials are about wars and battles and great figures, so the city raises us to a level of great reflection. Other places don’t have the opportunity — or the burden — of having to think about these matters.

PP: It’s interesting that you use the word burden. Often people living in the Washington area feel it’s kind of a heavy place to be, even if they’re not in politics. I know I feel physically lighter when I leave the city.

TM: When Lincoln was president, the weight he felt almost stooped him over physically… But the soul is always found in the underworld, among the heavier things like depression and suffering. I think that to be able to carry that burden and not defend against it would be the sign of a mature society in the city of Washington.

There is no way to live in Washington without being affected by what goes on there. That city is a place in the dream life of people in cities and capitals around the world: Washington, D.C. has a place in their imagination, more prominently than other places in this country. So I don’t think you can be a citizen of that city without carrying the weight of that projection.

PP: One of the recurring themes that often comes up around the city’s future is the conflict between the old and the new, and the desire to break free of the past. So there’s a tension; periodically people talk about changing the image of the city… and making it a city of the future, and not the past.

TM: Please save us from that! However, I understand the flight from the past–especially if it’s full of painful memories. I lived in Dallas many years ago, and at one time there was a movement to tear down the Texas Depository Building, because it was such a blight on the image of the city. In fact, the building was a painful burden for the city, because there were so many bad memories associated with it around President Kennedy’s assassination. But it was still important to keep it as a landmark.

PP: Why?

TM: Well, imagine if a person came into therapy and said I want to forget about all the bad things that happened to me in the past and start from scratch all over again. Any decent therapist would say that person is headed for trouble because we have to own our own life: it’s part of becoming a mature person.

PP: Do you mean in the sense that we can learn from the mistakes of the past?

TM: No. It’s that our character is made from the suffering and experiences of the past. To pretend that those experiences are no longer relevant is a repression of the past. So to say, “Let’s move on and become a new city” is also a repression of the past. It’s not really moving ahead — it’s an aggressive thing to do; it’s anti-soul, and it’s a movement against the past. It can lead to nothing but trouble.

PP: Of course, America is founded on leaving the past behind. We left Europe, and then we left the east coast for the Midwest, and the Midwest for California.

TM: That’s the country’s strength; but it has a big shadow. In everything we do–every country does this, but we do it to absurd lengths — we continue to try to be new and to get rid of the past. But in a part of our national psyche, we’re still fighting the Revolution, and we’re still trying to shed the old king! So we have to learn to see ourselves as part of a long spectrum. We can demonize the past and all the mistakes that have been made. But that kind of abrupt movement away from the past is an adolescent kind of behavior that doesn’t want anything to do with all that “old stuff.”

PP: But what’s interesting is that our national memory and national history celebrates revolution. It’s as if that abrupt break from the “old country” is what our very identity as Americans is based on. So we immediately run into a paradox.

TM: My first thought to what you said is that we have all these cities [and states]–New London, New York, New Boston, New Hampshire — that are both new but that also echo back to the old country… So even though some people rebelled against England in forming the country, at an underlying level the connection remained there anyway. And if we identify with the rebels and romanticize the Revolution, which we tend to do, we’re only talking about half of the story. Hardly anyone talks about the violence of the Revolution, or the people who were killed in the process, as if there might have been another way to separate from the Fatherland. That kind of reflection on the Revolution would be more sobering; we wouldn’t want to go out and celebrate that all the time.

PP: What do you feel about the Vietnam Memorial?

TM: It’s very effective, because it’s not representational. The names on the wall mean the memorial is about the individual, rather than the group: soul is local and individual, as opposed to universal. It’s a place that favors a kind of walking meditation; it invites people in because it doesn’t explain or tell them what to do. So it’s where visitors can make up their own rituals, which they do daily by placing objects and crying at the wall.

PP: What about the monuments and memorials that are built around Lincoln or Jefferson or George Washington?

TM: These images aren’t just representations: they’re presences. There’s a big difference between representing something and making a presence. When a monument is done well and carefully with some depth to it, a certain spirit of personality comes through and is present. A monument is really “working,” for instance, when we see the crowds that are drawn to it, and how the people are behaving. When we see people being quiet in the presence of a place, or crying or talking softly to each other, or coming up with their own rituals, for instance, then we know that there is a real presence there that allows a person to be there with their own soul.

PP: Do you have certain rituals of your own when you visit the capital?

TM: I come with some regularity, and often stay at some older hotel that’s right in the center of town. I want to be in a place where there is memory, even in a building. I also go for long walks, and make a circle around the White House. I meditate and go around the Capitol very thoughtfully, feeling the presence of what the place is, where it is in the world. I feel a tremendous sense of responsibility, and an increased sense of my place in the world.

PP: People often talk about “power” as part of the myth of D.C. But you seem to describe it as more “power-full.”

TM: Right: it’s full of power, but not in the way we might say that a person has great power…. In my view, Washington is the spiritual center of the country. I don’t mean that in terms of a church or beliefs. I mean that in the very real sense of a religious way of being. Those who work and serve there could be compared to priests and priestesses. I think politicians get into trouble because they think of themselves as managers, and they view the whole operation as purely secular — but it isn’t. To have the role of leader and to be someone who decides these great issues of democracy and government: that is a religious role. They’re speaking for the spirit of democracy, which is much greater than themselves or their personal philosophies.

PP: By using the word religious, do you mean something different from church-related religiosity?

TM: What I’m suggesting is that what holds our nation together is beyond any individual’s power to control… So the only way democracy is going to work is if politicians realize that they’re serving something that’s beyond their individual power. It’s also important that they accept the “rituals” of politics. The special robes worn by the Supreme Court Justices, and the ceremonies when the President enters the Capitol building: these vestiges of the past in our modern-day society are hints that what government and politicians are doing have profound religious dimensions. If we don’t recognize these rites and roles as sacred, then our government and politics will turn into a personal operation, and that’s where it falls apart. The monuments and stories of our Founding Fathers and the founding of the country are mythic. These are our heroes, and this is our American mythology.

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Even those who love Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice” have discussed how they want to see it a second time. Anderson’s films often have that effect on moviegoers, an initial opacity giving way to understanding and embrace.

“I think it started happening on ‘The Master’ a lot. People said that they wanted to see it again. And not necessarily in a good way, but maybe in a way that they kind of afforded the film some goodwill even if they didn’t really like it,” Anderson said during a recent phone interview. The impulse for a second viewing of “Inherent Vice,” the first screen adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel, is compounded by its narrative, a shaggy dog detective story that twists and turns in ways that recall “The Big Sleep” and “The Long Goodbye.”

“There’s so much information packed into this book and therefore the movie, that it is a good thing [to see it twice],” Anderson added, before digressing in a way befitting of his latest feature film. “Oh, fuck, I don’t know. It was certainly not by design! You would never go into something saying, ‘Hey, you really have to see this twice!’ That’s just sort of so horseshit that a director would feel that he could fucking say that. That’s the last thing you’re allowed to say.”

He continued: “But I totally see it … [seeing a movie is] a different experience every time. I’m saying something obvious, but it really can make a difference. How many movies have you absolutely adored when you saw it, because you were in the right frame of mind or because of what you ate for lunch that afternoon, and then six months later you say, ‘What the fuck was I thinking?'”

Based on Pynchon’s 2009 novel, “Inherent Vice” follows the misadventures of Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix), a private detective initially hired by his ex-girlfriend (breakout star Katherine Waterston) to investigate the disappearance of a real-estate mogul (Eric Roberts). Then all hell breaks loose: Nazis, a presumed dead saxophone player named Coy Harlingen (Owen Wilson), a drug-addled dentist (Martin Short), an assistant district attorney (Reese Witherspoon) and a tough cop named Bigfoot Bjornsen (Josh Brolin), whom the film’s narrator (Joanna Newsom) describes as having “a twinkle in his eye that says civil-rights violation,” all factor into the story. Set in California in 1970, “Inherent Vice” has a lot more on its mind than the plot: It’s a story about the battle between liberals and conservatives and a look back at a time, before Watergate, when the government hoped to crack down on any subversive elements left over from the free-love ’60s.

As with Anderson’s six previous films — “Hard Eight,” “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia,” “Punch-Drunk Love,” “There Will Be Blood” and “The Master” — “Inherent Vice” is an blessed with great performances, music and visual beauty. Working with his longtime cinematographer, Robert Elswit, Anderson shot “Inherent Vice” on 35mm film, giving it a worn-in look that suits the time period. Long takes, another Anderson signature, are ever present was well, including a striking sequence late in the film between Phoenix and Waterston, where the actress is completely naked for what feels like an eternity. (“It has to present itself naturally,” Anderson said of his predilection toward filming scenes in one take.) During what many have called a down year for filmmaking, “Inherent Vice” stands out as enjoyably challenging; it’s the type of movie people will discuss long after the year’s flashier awards contenders have faded into history.

Ahead of its limited release, Anderson spoke to HuffPost Entertainment about adapting Pynchon’s novel, the evolution of his career and what he learned about movies from his father.

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Owen Wilson and Joaquin Phoenix in “Inherent Vice”

You’ve talked before about how the plot is almost secondary to the action, but having seen “Inherent Vice” twice now, it does make sense.
It does! It’s not necessarily a cop out with us saying plot doesn’t matter. It does connect, I assure you. But that’s the joy of Pynchon. All of his stuff, which is seemingly so rambling and wild, is carefully structured and really meticulously thought out. There is a point to everything and everything is connected. Every cause has an effect. When you’re sending this character off to investigate what happened to his generation, the points in the dots are connecting — he’s piecing it together. It’s all pretty damn accurate. It’s not just wild stuff that Pynchon is making up out of thin air. He’s looking back with proof in his hands: look at what these Republicans in power did to the country at that time.

There’s a scene at the end of “Inherent Vice” between Doc and Bigfoot that recalls a similar moment at the end of “The Master”: two men in opposition coming to an understanding that they must remain opposed. It’s emotional but in a way that isn’t obvious. What are you trying to say in those sequence?
It was just an effort to make sure that made it in the translation from the book to the movie. That’s where it starts. They’re trying to apologize to each other for how they treated each other the night before, and Doc and Bigfoot begin to talk at the same time. It struck me so sweetly in the book. It was like Tom and Jerry stopping to apologize to each other about their behavior. What I really like about that scene, and what ended up happening when we got there, is that for as emotional as Doc is throughout the movie, you never see him break down and cry. But in truth, the most emotional he gets is bawling his eyes out while watching Bigfoot have this meltdown in front of him. Doc says that beautiful line, which is from the book: “Are you okay brother?” Bigfoot rejects it: “I’m not your brother.” Doc says: “But you sure could use a keeper. Doc has become unglued along with Bigfoot. It’s just stuff in the book that I shuffled around and made into one scene.

There’s a lot of that sweet sentimentality running through this. I found the relationship between Coy and his wife to be some of the most heartfelt stuff you’ve ever done.
You’re never supposed to admit that your own material makes you laugh. When you’re writing it and laughing out loud, you have to think there’s got to be something wrong. Similarly, you’re never supposed to admit that you get a lump in your throat. But I remember a few times feeling proud and kind of emotional at the family’s reunion. With the music playing and the thought of their baby asleep in that crib; the daddy coming home. It’s all directly from the book, and it made me feel so emotional in the book. The job was how to get my camera going and not fuck up how I felt while reading the book, which was really touched and sweet and hopeful for this family to have a new beginning. Sentimental is a great word for it. That has become a misused, overused word. It’s sometimes bad to be sentimental. But that’s what is going on in this book. It was a time when it was okay to be sentimental. There’s actually a line in the book that didn’t make the movie and I regret it. Bigfoot is saying something to Doc, and Doc says, “Don’t get sentimental on me, man. It fucks up your head.”

Sam Cooke’s “(What A) Wonderful World” plays during a key part of the film, but it almost feels anachronistic based on the rest of the songs, by among others Can and Neil Young. Why did you pick it?
I got clues from the book about a wide array of music, and then kept it exclusive to just 1970 hits. It makes it feel a little more well-rounded in terms of the period. But truthfully there’s a kind of Pynchon nerd thing that I’ve done here with “Wonderful World.” Sam Cooke is referenced in Vineland. There is a character who is very similar to Doc in Vineland, and in moments of weakness he throws on Sam Cooke. I think I remembered that intuitively. “Wonderful World” was so skillfully used in “Animal House” that I had to wrestle whether or not to use it again. Because you can’t beat how it’s used in “Animal House.” But I thought the statute of limitations was up and that we could use it. But if you’re going to use a song that good, you have to really feel like you’ve earned it. Because it could be really easily cheating to throw that song on. It’s contagious.

Do you think you’ve changed as a filmmaker over the last 15 years?
Yeah! I mean I sure hope so, otherwise I’d be making the same movie over and over again. Look, my brain has gotten slightly bigger having been with Thomas Pynchon’s work over the past four years. The mental work that it took to go through all of this material was a work out. I definitely don’t think I could have done this when I was starting out 15 years ago. It was only through some little bit of experience and nerve that I was able to try it now.

You don’t want to make the same film over and over again, but there are certainly fans who want you to replicate the feeling of “Boogie Nights.” How do you balance the audience expectations with your own artistic desire?
You’re always thinking about an audience watching your film, to the extent that you’re wondering: Does this make sense? Is this funny? Is this clear? Am I shooting this properly? But we’re not really making films that are casting a super-wide net toward audience participation. We’re not making blockbusters, so we don’t have a price tag over our heads to deal with. But you’re making a movie. You want it to communicate. You want it to entertain. The last thing we want to do is have someone come in and have it feel like homework. No one wants to go to the movies for that.

One thing you use to entertain is filmmaking technique, especially long takes. How has your usage of them evolved since you started making films?
It’s always in my mind that if you can naturally create a scene that can play in one take, you should do it. But that can also work the other way too. Sometimes if you’re just doing it for an effect or if you’re doing it as an artificial construct, then it becomes an art project. Then it’s no good. We did that a few times on this, where you’re trying to do something for all the wrong reasons. The other option is covering it, where he says his lines and he says his lines and you cut it together. There’s a lot of fun taken away when you do it like that. It actually becomes more difficult and not in a fun and challenging way — just a pain in the ass. If you have a location and a set and a scene where it can fit and work, you take advantage of it and do it.

My dad used to always watch movies with me. I wouldn’t notice edits when I was a kid, but he would say, “Look at that. No cuts.” Or he would say, if something was being cut, he would snap his fingers and go, “Good cut. Good cut.” It’s so funny: The other morning, my daughter and I were at my mom’s house. Turner Classic Movies was on and they were playing “That’s Entertainment.” There was a long shot, and my mom just said, “No cuts!” My daughter realized, in that moment, that we sound exactly the same. I’ve watched things with my daughter, and I’m like, “Look at that, no cuts.” It’s like a fucking disease in our family. I don’t know what it is or where we got this from, but it’s like, what the fuck? What a weird family. We sit around and talk about “no cuts.”

Wait until you see “Birdman” together.
Yeah, exactly. No cuts! No cuts!

After “There Will Be Blood,” I remember hearing about both “The Master” and “Inherent Vice.” Now seven years later, they both exist. So do you have stuff you want to make now?
I do. There’s a catalog of material that I have. Most of it is pretty thin. Some of it is okay, some of it is sort of dying to be looked at. But I don’t have anything concrete at all to work on at the moment, which is a really exciting place to be after four years of working pretty hard on these last two things. It’s a wide-open road. Which I’m really enjoying. It’s funny because it can be weeks or days or an hour before the itch starts to happen again that you have to scratch. But I’m always writing. Some of it’s good, some of it’s not. I consider it writing even if you’re just sitting at your desk and not typing something out. As long as you’re sitting there, you’re working. Because you’re thinking about it or at least showing up to your job. You have to convince your spouse that you’re actually working if they open the door and they catch you doing what you’re doing. Which is twiddling your thumbs. You’re like, “No, I’m working!” Suddenly it turns into “The Shining” very fast.

Is there a genre you want to dabble in?
Yeah, but that’s a crazy question because the answer is all of them. The irony is, if you asked me if I wanted to do a detective movie, I would have said no. But here I am. It’s some combination of intuition and material and how these things line up. It’s still sort of a mystery to me. I would check all of the above. Make a horror movie or a musical or an action film? Yeah, of course, all of them!

This interview has been edited and condensed.
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‘Inherent Vice’ Trailer Feels Like Paul Thomas Anderson’s Funniest Film Yet

After months of not knowing much about “Inherent Vice” beyond its cast list and what’s in Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 novel, the movie’s first trailer is here. Arriving five days before the Paul Thomas Anderson adaptation is set to make its world premiere at the New York Film Festival, the clip seems to carry the kinetic comedy of the early stages of “Boogie Nights” rather than the severe character drama of “There Will Be Blood” and “The Master,” just as last week’s New York Times profile of Anderson promised the movie would. (In that piece, Anderson compared the film to “Airplane!” and “Top Secret.”) Starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon in their first collaboration since “Walk the Line” as well as Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Benicio del Toro, Martin Short, Joanna Newsom and (apparently) Pynchon himself in a rare cameo, the ’70s-set “Inherent Vice” opens Dec. 12. It could be a major awards contender.


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Twenty-seven years ago I had an idea for a play. This week, it opens in Los Angeles at the NoHo Arts Center under the title “The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: DISCORD”. I don’t know how audiences and critics will respond to it, but I know this epic process has enriched my life.

The journey started in June 1986 with a near death asthma attack that landed me in the hospital for a week. Upon my release, I experienced an epiphany like Saul on the road to Damascus. Or Scrooge on Christmas morning. I instantly evolved from cynical comedian to non-affiliated deist. It became the B.C./A.D. moment of my life. I went into a bliss which faded after ten days. Which I did not want to happen. I wanted to permanently become the better man that I had been during that time.

So I began a spiritual journey, making a pledge to the universe that I would henceforth consider anyone who wanted to talk with me about God, have me read their literature or attend a ceremony.

So it was with great interest that, on October 5, 1988, I watched an episode of “A World of Ideas” on PBS. Host Bill Moyers was interviewing Rev. Forrester Church of All Souls Unitarian in New York. And it was here that I learned about the Jefferson Bible.

In 1804 President Jefferson bought two identical copies of the King James Bible. He needed two versions because he would need both sides of the page for his secret project. Then, over three consecutive nights, he took a razor and cut out from the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John only the verses he liked. (As you’ll hear, his audacity in condensing Holy Scripture was compounded by what he edited out.) Jefferson then pasted his chosen scraps of scripture into the pages of a blank book. He named his volume The Philosophy Of Jesus of Nazareth. Then, in 1819, while retired at Monticello, Jefferson produced a sequel to called The Life And Morals Of Jesus Of Nazareth. For this more elaborate work, he bought eight Bibles — two each in Latin, Greek, French and English. He then divided a scrapbook’s pages into four columns so one could follow his expanded chronicle of Christ in a single language by reading down or, by reading across, scan a verse in a quartet of tongues.

Jefferson died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. His heirs sold Life And Morals to the Smithsonian in 1895 for $ 400. In 1904, Congress printed 9,000 copies of it to be given to incoming Senators and Representatives. In 1956, Idaho’s Senator Frank Church received a copy that he then gave to his young son, Forester. Church the younger later credited Jefferson’s work with leading him to Harvard Divinity School and on to a career working in a, well, church. In 1988 he was editing a new edition of Jefferson’s Bible with Yale Divinity School’s Jaroslav Pelikan — and thus the subject came up on Moyers’ program.

Now, I had recently seen the great English actor Alec McCowen perform his one-man show of the unabridged St. Mark’s Gospel. So I thought that there might be a play here. But that’s as far as it went.

In 1996, I was producing Comedy Central’s “Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher.” The show moved that year from New York to Los Angeles. My wife and I got a house near Larchmont Village. There is a bookstore there called Chevalier’s and, one day, I found a book called “The Life Of Our Lord” by Charles Dickens. It turns out that he, too, had written a gospel. His was for his children and he included all of the miracles that Jefferson’s razor had cut out. There was a play: the two of them debate their visions of Christ.

But not so fast. While reading Stephen Mitchell’s excellent “The Gospel According To Jesus,” I discovered the Leo Tolstoy had also abridged the gospels. So I my debating duet became a trio.

One hundred drafts and 50 readings later, the play is coming to fruiting.

And, as I look back on the research that I have done, I’ve come to understand that the careers of Jefferson, Dickens and Tolstoy as something of a trajectory of humanity’s quest for liberty:

In 1776, young slave-owner Thomas Jefferson asserted, in his Declaration of Independence, the “self-evident” truth that all are “created equal” and endowed by God “with certain unalienable rights,” including “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” His words sparked a Revolution.

After which, Jefferson became our Ambassador to France. Just before their Revolution. Which devolved into the Reign of Terror. Which was described in A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

Dickens became the favorite novelist of young Leo Tolstoy.

Tolstoy’s success as a novelist prompted a suicidal depression. Which launched a spiritual journey. Which culminated with his assertion that the central teaching of Jesus Christ is for us all to “resist not evil.” This was developed, as revolution fermented in Czarist Russia, into the technique of “passive resistance.” Which Tolstoy described in the last letter he ever wrote, in 1910, to a young Mohatma Gandhi.

Gandhi, by passive resistance, liberated India. He inspired a young Martin Luther King, Jr. to apply the philosophy of passive resistance to struggle for African Americans to be able to free ride at the front of a bus, eat at a lunch counter or attend a puclic school.

In his most famous speech, King asserted that the “magnificent” words of Thomas Jefferson and the other “architects of our Republic” were a “promissory note to which every American was to fall heir” and that he and others in the American Civil Rights movement had come to “cash this check.” And a nation’s slumbering conscience slowly but surely awoke. And these rights – deemed “self-evident” and “unalienable” by Jefferson – were increasingly asserted Black, female, gay, brown, red, disabled, yellow and poor Americans.

And, in 2008, a president was elected whose skin color could have, in 1776, made him eligible to have been owned.

Humanity has come a long way. And, in pursuing this project, I have, too.
Arts – The Huffington Post
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