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Posts published by “ Ken Burke, Professor of Film Studies”

Not quite “the last lecture”: Lessons learned from life and film

I approached this column believing that after 60 years I, like the eloquent Oprah-hero Randy Pausch, might have something useful to impart. However, all that emerged for me were: (1) Your first love is like your first kidney stone -you'll never forget it (and they both may feel better after they pass); (2) You might consider canceling your first few engagements before committing to marriage (if I had known at 23 what I finally learned by 39.); (3) Don't get distracted in your lectures and writings with too many parenthetical asides.