Richard Armitage; no, I hadn’t seen it

•September 22, 2017 • 25 Comments

Wow, Julia.



A nice Richard Armitage / Paleyfest postscript

•September 22, 2017 • Leave a Comment

ICYMI. And wow, what an odd Rosh Hashanah lunch conversation. Happy New Year!

Via @Withanaccent, Richard Armitage does accents

•September 20, 2017 • 19 Comments

Who shall live and who shall die

•September 20, 2017 • 3 Comments

Jewish New Year begins tonight. Sombrely for me.

The text for tomorrow is the Akedah (the Binding of Isaac from Genesis 22, when G-d orders Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac and then backs off). Today I read a midrash (apparently from Bereishit Rabbah? I got it off a Breslov site) that said Isaac asked to be bound particularly tightly so that he would not flinch and invalidate the sacrifice.

That’s what I’m asking for this year. May I not flinch.

The text of Unnetanah Tokef is going to hit especially hard this year. I’m going to Chabad this year so here’s the English text from their Machzor.

Below, the melody for the refrain I always hope to hear.

Here’s Leonard Cohen’s version:

Shanah tovah — sweet and happy new year to all. May we all be inscribed in the Book of Life for health, prosperity, and peace. May Hashem to preserve us all but especially the weakest among us.

[As usual: I’ll be scarcer than usual the next two days.]

México querido

•September 20, 2017 • 3 Comments

The count of the victims is mounting. My friend Manuel from Ciudad de México recommends the Topos de Tlatelolco (a highly trained volunteer brigade of people in the city who dig out after earthquakes) as a good target for charity (works with PayPal). Other recommendations are welcome.

Rezo por todos Uds. que estén a salvo. Que Dios les bendiga. Estamos pensando en Uds.

Ode to Faultlessness #richardarmitage

•September 19, 2017 • 15 Comments

Some Paleyfest-inspired poetry by Kathy Jones for our delectation. Click to enlarge.

<> at The Paley Center for Media on September 16, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.

Top ten things that are not Richard Armitage’s fault

•September 19, 2017 • 38 Comments

Richard Armitage in FAULT magazine (2012). Source:

Some recent evidence suggests that Richard Armitage appears to have a common British trait: apologizing for things at a disproportionate pace. Some sources suggest that Brits apologize at a rate as much as a third higher than Americans (although I suppose one could say Americans apologize too little, I was once on a flight into Heathrow where the pilot greeted us before landing and apologized for the weather. I mean, really).

So, I’ve decided to make a list of things that are not Richard Armitage’s fault and which he doesn’t need to apologize for. Please feel free to add to this list in comments!


10. That the world is drowning in plastic bottles. Richard Armitage is just thirsty! That’s how he maintains his beautiful skin. And I’m sure he always, always recycles.

Richard Armitage hydrates at Paleyfest, Los Angeles, September 16, 2017. Photograph by TeasingArmitage

9. EPIX’s weird inability to distribute Berlin Station in the UK and only in patches in the rest of the world. Although fans keep tweeting to notify him that they can’t see it — and have been from the beginning — he has no control over the distributors. Once again, let me make my recommendation on this topic.

8. Fangirl piracy. See above. We just can’t help but build networks to get access to what we need to see.

7. Climate change. Is it just me, or is it hot in here?

Richard Armitage as Francis Dolarhyde in Hannibal.

6. That his emails are so long. Blame it on the scriptwriters. Although I would have no problem if he wanted to write me a long email. I could totally cope.

Richard Armitage describing the length of his EMAILS at Paleyfest, September 16, 2017. No dirty thoughts here! As photographed by Heather Siemon.

5. Brush fires in Los Angeles. Those totally started WAY before he got there.

La Tuna Canyon fire, Los Angeles, early September, 2017.

4. The apparent narrowness of average men’s trousers.

Richard Armitage glances down surreptitiously and with concern at the pull of the fabric across his thighs, at Paleyfest, Los Angeles, September 16, 2017. Photograph by TeasingArmitage

3. Brexit. We know you voted against it, Mr. Armitage.

Isn’t this a great advertisement for European unity?

2. The outing of Valerie Plame.

Just say no to the wrong Richard Armitage. This is not a political statement. I’m just tired of seeing references to this incident in the Richard Armitage Twitter tag.


And the number one thing that is not Richard Armitage’s fault:

1. His gorgeous, bottomless eyes.

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