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St. Louis Jewish Light

Seth Rogen at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, Feb. 29, 2020 in New York City. (Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

Seth Rogen’s bar mitzvah disconnection

ERIC MINK May 26, 2021

Chances are pretty good you’ve run across Seth Rogen lately, the actor-producer-writer-comedian and budding director associated in various capacities with “Superbad,” “Knocked Up,” “Pineapple Express,” “Steve Jobs,” “The Interview”...

Derek Chauvin is led out of the courtroom in handcuffs after a guilty verdict is read during the trial of Derek Chauvin of the death of George Floyd at the courthouse in Minneapolis on April 20, 2021. Mandatory Credit: Court TV/Handout via USA TODAY NETWORK

Derek Chauvin’s legacy of shame

Eric Mink April 20, 2021

On Tuesday afternoon, not even 24 hours after starting its deliberations, a multi-racial Minneapolis jury of seven women and five men found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree...

Eric Mink is a freelance writer and editor and teaches film studies at Webster University.  He is a former columnist for the St.  Louis Post-Dispatch and the Daily News in New York.  Contact him at ericmink1@gmail.com.

Trump mob’s assault on our Capitol was personal

ERIC MINK February 25, 2021

All due respect for the three “Godfather” movie collaborations of writer-director Francis Ford Coppola and novelist-screenwriter Mario Puzo, some monstrous acts are not just business. They are most definitely personal. On Jan. 6, hundreds of frenzied...

Eric Mink is a freelance writer and editor and teaches film studies at Webster University. He is a former columnist for the St.  Louis Post-Dispatch and the Daily News in New York. Contact him at ericmink1@gmail.com.

Steering clear of predictions, for movies or anything else

ERIC MINK December 31, 2020

If pressed for an opinion, I would say that I believe 2021 will be a better year for humanity than 2020 has been, based on a layman’s understanding of the current state of medical science, political and economic realities and human nature. I would...

The Vindmans

Dedicated to the United States of America

ERIC MINK July 16, 2020

Retirement from the U.S. Army didn’t seem to be in the cards for 45-year-old Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman. Consider the simple declaration with which he opened his widely watched testimony in November during the House Intelligence Committee’s...

Eric Mink is a freelance writer and editor and teaches film studies at Webster University. He is a former columnist for the St.  Louis Post-Dispatch and the Daily News in New York. Contact him at ericmink1@gmail.com.

Criminalizing police violence is a potent tool

ERIC MINK June 18, 2020

On June 8, Hennepin County (Minnesota) District Court Judge Karen Janisch signed a far-reaching order that, among other provisions, flatly prohibits the Minneapolis Police Department from using chokeholds or neck restraints of any kind “for any...

Eric Mink is a freelance writer and editor and teaches film studies at Webster University. He is a former columnist for the St.  Louis Post-Dispatch and the Daily News in New York. Contact him at ericmink1@gmail.com.

Health, sadness, hope and the virus

ERIC MINK May 7, 2020

The earliest military death carved into the 140 polished black stone panels of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., is that of Air Force Tech. Sgt. Richard B. Fitzgibbon Jr. of North Weymouth, Mass. He was killed in Saigon on June 8,...

 

Truth and consequences

ERIC MINK March 19, 2020

Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d write: Mick Mulvaney was right. Mulvaney is a former three-plus-term Republican congressman from South Carolina who quit the House of Representatives in February 2017 and spent the past three years as a...

Eric Mink is a freelance writer and editor and teaches film studies at Webster University. He is a former columnist for the St.  Louis Post-Dispatch and the Daily News in New York. Contact him at ericmink1@gmail.com.

Alexander Vindman, an honorable man

ERIC MINK February 20, 2020

It’s been a rough five months of history. It began with the mid-September release of a formal complaint detailing misconduct in office by President Donald Trump, and there doesn’t seem to be an end to it. In October and November, we slogged...

Eric Mink is a freelance writer and editor and teaches film studies at Webster University. He is a former columnist for the St.  Louis Post-Dispatch and the Daily News in New York. Contact him at ericmink1@gmail.com.

President’s Ukraine shell game damages U.S national security

ERIC MINK November 22, 2019

Distracted by political theater, we’re missing something significant, something more important than the admittedly historic dimensions of an ongoing impeachment inquiry into the actions of a sitting U.S. president. We’re missing the elemental...

The new documentary ‘Jim Allison: Breakthrough’ looks at the medical researcher who won a Nobel Prize for his work on immunotherapy treatments for cancer. 

Breaking through old thinking in medicine

ERIC MINK October 3, 2019

Watching the new documentary “Jim Allison: Breakthrough,” which opens Friday, Oct. 4, at the Tivoli Theatre, I considered the possibility that if James Allison had been born 15 or 20 years sooner, my mom might be alive today. Allison, 71, chairs...

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch will move from its longtime home at 900 Tucker Blvd. (shown here)  to 901 North 10th St. 

Post-Dispatch building resonates with memories

ERIC MINK August 8, 2019

I’ve said my goodbyes to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Not to the newspaper, but to the building at 900 North Tucker Blvd. where the paper’s essence has come to life and taken shape for the past 60 years, a third of them with me working in it. This...

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