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It’s a Whole New Paranoid World

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Published in the New York Times Sunday Review

 

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THERE is probably nothing about me that is not in the hands of hackers.

First, JPMorgan Chase, where I have a bank account, got hacked, then Sony, where I have worked as a screenwriter, then Morgan Stanley, where I have a brokerage account, then Anthem Blue Cross, which has my medical information.

 

 

   

My Hollywood

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Published in Vanity Fair

 

bing crosby dinah shoreWhen I was a child growing up in Los Angeles, I was completely confused about Hollywood. I would watch television quiz shows. Contestants would win a free trip to Hollywood. I would think, Why do they want to go there?

 

 

   

Ouch. My Personality, Reviewed.

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Published in the New York Times SundayReview

 

thumbs down smThe other week I was riding crosstown in an Uber car, chatting with the very nice driver about how much I liked Uber, and the driver said, by way of being helpful, I believe, “You have a 4.5 rating. If it drops to 4.0, no driver will pick you up.”

 

 

   

Less Sexy, Better for Sex

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Published in the New York Times SundayReview

 

less sexy smIn inventing a self-driving car, Google has in one fell swoop struck a blow at masculinity, female empowerment, romance, sex and action heroes. It may even violate two of our three inalienable rights — liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

But let’s not get negative.

 

 

   

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