Photographed by William Claxton. Click on the image to enlarge.
1954 was an interesting year for American popular music. Charlie Parker was coming to the end of his earthly run, but his frequent collaborator Miles Davis was kicking his own drug habit and finding the distinctive voice that would open … Continue reading
Cool short film of trains in snow, England, 1963 — suggested by reader Sophie . . .
Juan Martinez, prosecutor in the Jodi Arias trial, spoke fateful words today — “The state rests.” Tomorrow final arguments will begin and then the case will go to the jury. The case presents bewildering paradoxes. The savagery of the killing … Continue reading
A drummer, selling books on the fringes of civilization, stumbles upon a cabin in a fierce snowstorm, occupied by a lone woman with insatiable appetites — one of the tales in Fourteen Western Stories, available on Amazon for the Kindle … Continue reading
My friend Paul Zahl introduces this talk by a guy named Tullian Tchividjian about the exhaustion of the world. It’s nominally a Christian message but you’d do better not to think of it that way because it’s a message you … Continue reading
Paleo Retiree nominates the clip above as one of the high points of Western civilization, and its hard to disagree with the assessment. The Gazzarri Dancers are performing behind the Bobby Fuller Four, and the tallest of them is blond … Continue reading
. . . that people like Saxby Chambliss serve in the United States Senate. Let us visit scorn and contempt on him and his issue until the end of time.
. . . Gueune Hall, Gruene, Texas — the oldest dance hall in The Lone Star State. A lot of beer sloshed onto this table, a lot of moments memorialized with a knife blade over the years. [Photo by Hilmar … Continue reading
There’s something not right with her gaze. Not dissimilar to the gaze of the horse below, which is said to be one of a number of artworks done by Arias in prison which she is selling on eBay: She is … Continue reading
. . . by J. C. Lyendecker Click on the image to enlarge.
Lately I’ve been reading, with great delight and admiration, Frederick Law Olmsted’s A Journey Through Texas, which records a journey he and his brother took through The Lone Star State in 1857. Olmsted is best known today as the co-designer, … Continue reading
Western movies used to be referred to, usually dismissively, as horse operas. It’s not a bad term for them. Like classical operas, they might have silly plots or bad acting, but these things might be redeemed by beautiful music, or … Continue reading
Not a great critic, perhaps, but a great communicator of his love for movies, a champion of many good but neglected films, a supporter of obscure but worthy up-and-coming talent. He was the guy at the barbershop who turns the … Continue reading