France . . . Spain . . . Italy . . . . . . and Portugal all just pulled down their pants, bent over and took it in the ass from Barack Obama. My question is — did he … Continue reading
Poker Night (from A Streetcar Named Desire, 1948) Click on the image to enlarge.
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A while back I ran a section of the above photo as a banner on the site, and identified it as one of Ben Johnson competing in a rodeo before he entered movies. In fact, it’s a picture of Ben’s … Continue reading
. . . dig Ella in New York City, 1948. Photograph by Herman Leonard. Click on the image to enlarge.
Being crazy about a woman like her is always the right thing to do — being a decrepit old bag of bones, that’s what’s ridiculous.
A study in green by W. T. Benda, Polish-American artist and illustrator from the first half of the 20th Century. He later became more famous for making exquisite masks used in theatrical productions. [With thanks, as so often, to Golden … Continue reading
They're off to make a Western! What fun!
It's been well over a hundred years since Ebenezer Scrooge died. No one who knew him is alive today, of course, but he is remembered — not least from this eulogy spoken at his funeral: This week, we have lost … Continue reading
This past November I was delighted to read a notice in the newspaper that Ben Katchor was going to be appearing in Las Vegas as part of the Las Vegas Valley Book Festival. Katchor is one of the great fiction … Continue reading
This is an entertaining Western from 1956, expertly directed by John Sturges. Donna Reed, who plays a tough-talking adventurer, looks hot on a horse — hotter than you might imagine, even though her horsebacking skills seem to have been somewhat … Continue reading
This is the first and only Zane Grey Western I’ve ever read. It was published in 1912. Its prose and some of its dialogue have a creaky Victorian quality, but man, is Grey a good storyteller. In the first chapter … Continue reading
Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God? With thanks to Mary Zahl.