Saturday, July 25, 2015

July 25, 2015
Film critic Tony Macklin @Ronald's Donuts (Cold open)



Tony has interviewed Clint Eastwood, John Wayne and other silver stars of the Golden Age. We met for the first time at Ronald's Donuts in Las Vegas, and I made him talk liberalism, Donald Trump, and of course films. I love you, everybody.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Even Those Who Remember the Past Are Doomed to Repeat It

Austerity is the idea that bad dogs and accidentally bad dogs alike should be equally starved indefinitely to train them to behave as masters dictate.
As every history teacher in the world will tell you, following World War I, Germany was financially fined with punishing austerity to the extent that austerity created a humiliating depression in Germany, an atmosphere allowing for the rise of Hitler and a world war killing another 50 million people. Austerity ushered Hitler to the stage.
And now here is Germany, reunified, repeating the sins of the past on rival Greece, bringer of Democracy and philosophy.
The supposed value of knowing history is wielding the wisdom not to recycle mistakes. And if anyone knows history, it’s Germans, and if anyone should fear austerity, it’s Germany. Yet, here is Germany, humiliating and over-punishing Greece for being in debt after the Shadow Depression which hobbled us all.
Once again, we’re reminded of the very deepest lesson of history — mortal humans, suffering wills too weak to cool embers, are doomed to repeat tragic disasters regardless of wisdom and good intentions, due to the fog of our own catholicized philosophies and principals, obscuring our ability to nurture ourselves and each other rationality, eye to eye, for the betterment of all, including blind masters who command but cannot hear.
Humanity is a slow learner.
Is there no hope for a merciful evolution of our bloody incisors?

Friday, July 03, 2015

New Podcast
The Chef Who Almost Died From Eating (@ChefHKeller)

Chef Hubert Keller is one of the world's great chefs, he has cooked for the president and zillions of Vegas tourists, he runs Fleur and Burger Bar in Las Vegas, the Batkid event happened in front of his restaurant in San Francisco, and he has a cool accent. Oh, and he almost died for six months, after eating South Pacific tuna. But look at him now.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

#ThisIsWhereILive

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Welcome to DougElfman.com!

As you can see, I've been a busy Elf.
I have a new book for your reading pleasure, "I Know What I Have and I'm Grateful." You can buy it, read it, and share it from Amazon. The ebook is just $3.99, because I love you. Click here to get it.
I have a wild Las Vegas podcast, the "Doug Elfman Show." It's crazy, NSFW (not safe for work), and not for everyone, so beware! Click on the Podcast button above to see the latest episodes.
And as usual, I'm writing about celebrities and the Vegas experience for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Whew! So much to do. Follow me for all updates on Facebook and Twitter.
Thanks for supporting me, my friends and fans. :)

Monday, December 22, 2014

Buy, read and share my book, 'I Know What I Have and I'm Grateful'

You can buy my new novel — "I Know What I Have and I'm Grateful" — at Amazon by clicking here. It's the Southern/rural life story of Josie, Daddy, Mom, Dre, Sun, Fiona, Valencia and Dr. Richard Emery. The official pitch goes like this:
"I Know What I Have and I'm Grateful" is a soulfully written, fictional autobiography of Josie Patrick. She's a small-town girl who learns of death early in life, leading her on a revelatory (and quotable) path of romantic self-discovery with men and women.
Josie will love her father forever, while sometimes clashing with her mother, as she journeys through the joys and heartaches of love, loss, and a relationship with alcohol, from childhood through womanhood and beyond.
Award-winning writer Doug Elfman allows Josie's story to breath organic and authentic twists and turns in this first-person, easy-flowing narrative.

I made sure the novel is priced at the populist price of $3.99, because I'm a man of the people. I swear it. I also made sure it's available through Amazon's Kindle Select program (KDP Select) so if you're already paying for KDP, you can read the book that way.
My goal isn't to make a billion dollars. My goal is to write books you and I want to read.
If you love the book as others do, please share your experiences with everyone you know by lending it to them, or sharing it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and anywhere else you like to explore life.
And do me a favor. At some point during your day, say out loud to yourself, to the people you love, your pets, and the universe:
"I know what I have, and I'm grateful."

Sunday, November 30, 2014

It's 'Elfman,' like Santa and 'Lord of the Rings'

I'm getting ready to release my new book, "I Know What I Have and I'm Grateful." So I'm trying to get this website launched right.
My new podcast is also almost on the way.
I'll see you here.
With my Santa hat.