Cold Turkey

Anyone out there feel kind of dependent on the internet? Ours went down for six hours last week and, as the hours ticked on, tick tick tiiiiiick, I knew exactly what was going on – temperature rising, fever high…. Cold turkey had got me on the run. It was a very powerful feeling, this abandonment […]

Chumps and Jerks

At its best, the story of Groundhog Day makes us feel that anything is possible, that impossible progress is possible, that forward motion is possible – even when it seems impossible. We can break through walls, we can get across rivers – all without sledge-hammers and boats – and that the secret to accomplishing these […]

The continuing life of Phil Connors

Let’s say there really was a weatherman named Phil Connors, who really did travel to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to cover the annual Groundhog Festival. And through some vitally important yet ultimately irrelevant mechanism Phil actually found himself re-living that day over and over again, waking up at 6 am in Punxsutawney, that same February 2nd, every […]

The First Groundhog Day

In the first draft of Groundhog Day I decided to begin in the middle. Phil wakes up to the Sonny and Cher song on the radio, then immediately proceeds to amaze us. He seems to know what the radio D.J.s are going to say before they say it. He knows what the various people he […]