Semi-Retired Columnist and Critic
Jeff Simon began working at The News as a copyboy 57 years ago. Since that time, he has been closely involved in all aspects of The News' cultural coverage – as critic, columnist and Arts and Books editor for 25 years.
"There is no question that for all that isn't here, there are, at last, fully fleshed out anecdotes and professional occurrences in a legendarily charismatic life," Simon writes.
It has always seemed to me that Stone, more than any other figure anywhere, gave America a safe and decent way out of the ideological and emotional maze of the war in Vietnam, Simon says.
"Amazing things happen on social media. There are, for instance, people claiming they cried at the end of "No Time To Die," the current megabuck James Bond blockbuster," writes Jeff Simon.
We know good sports teams when we see them. Whether it's a pop cuisine or a new pop group, we have no trouble keeping the traffic of true civilization busy, Simon says.
Nothing has been quite the same since Netflix opened for business. But what happens there is hardly all of a piece.
If "Rust" is never completed and seen, Halyna Hutchins won't completely have died for nothing. She's likely to have saved other lives without anyone knowing it, Jeff Simon says.
Simon offers his 2021 "comfort food" TV show report card.
When the "news value" is more on the gossip side (the Post's Page Six, let's say) you get what seems to have happened to Couric, which amounts to double reverse hype. That is, hype in the guise of its opposite, Simon says.
The series' ending in 2007 was the greatest disappointment in the history of television, Simon says.
"NCIS" reemerged from pandemic sleep on the air this week.