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I guess I just like liking things

If you’ve come here looking for Barry Manilow songs, you’re about to be disappointed.

I knew Mandy Patinkin as a singer a long while before I knew him as an actor. His self-titled album is the first CD I ever bought, and I still have it to this day.  It wasn’t until someone showed me The Princess Bride the first time that I put two and two together, and from there I sort-of followed along with what he was doing. I even got to see him in concert in the late 90s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where a light fixture fell from 20 feet above him to land not five feet behind him.  It literally could have killed him, but after they cleaned up the mess, he carried on with the rest of the concert.  Best acting non-Princess Bride thing was his turn in Dead Like Me, but I’ll admit I haven’t seen his current run on Homeland, which everyone says is wonderful.

I bring him up for two reasons: a video and an article.

The video, which ended up being way more moving than I was expecting:

The article is entitled “I Behaved Abominably,” and is also worth your time. I was fascinated by the turn of events around Criminal Minds. It completely makes sense to me that he would come to view certain types of things as “destructive to his soul,” and it’s hard to blame him for not wanting to be part of that. Yes, he handled his exit poorly, but he clearly understands that now.

I know an entry like this will appeal to maybe two people, but I’ve been a fan for years, and both of these things were sent to me on the same day and I wanted to keep them and share them at the same time.


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