Teaser 008: Critics on my Christmas Card List


I got right on it and soon cranked out what Richard Roeper once said was one of the greatest opening scenes of an epic movie ever. Of course, he didn't write that. Hell, no! Instead he wrote a lukewarm review which he subsequently had to eat nine months later during the show where they revisited some of “this year's Oscar winners.” He told me that when I ran into him in Chicago once.

“If you thought it, Richard, why didn't you write it?”

“Well, Gregory, I thought it was a little too 'over the top,' you know.”

Critics! You can't live with them and, as it seems to me, I can live without them. There are no critics on my Christmas card list. Try acting instead of reacting. Reacting is easy. Acting is hard. When I thought it was time to part from my chance meeting with Richard Roeper, some five minutes later, I said, “Well, listen, Richard. Don't call me. I'll call you. You know what that means, right?”

“It means I'll never hear from you again. I know your reputation.”

“And I deserve it. I work hard to be one of ill repute. Who else is gonna do it?” Who else indeed?


- Just Desserts, Segment One “Welcome to Lost Anglos” by Gregory R. Schussele, © 2021

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