. . . on the set of Some LIke It Hot. Click on the image to enlarge.
I’d never before gotten any books from Iceland but today a package arrived from Reykjavik containing a set of The Complete Sagas Of Icelanders — the first more or less complete English translation of all the Icelandic Sagas along with … Continue reading
At the Red Rock Casino here in Las Vegas we used to have a branch of The Salt Lick, a famous Texas rib joint, but it closed a couple of years ago, to my intense chagrin. To my intense delight, … Continue reading
Above is the elegant and comfortable garage apartment I was lucky enough to inhabit for SXSW, thanks to the kind hospitality of Hilmar and his wife Kaaren. I didn’t get pictures or video of several nights at SXSW, so you’ll … Continue reading
This is a rest area in Texas Canyon, Arizona — on the road to El Paso. Below is a Whataburger purchased in El Paso: The Whataburger is the best fast-food burger known to mankind but only available in Texas, New … Continue reading
In 1836, at the age of 9, Cynthia Ann Parker was abducted by Comanches from a frontier settlement in Texas. She married a respected Comanche warrior and had three children by him. Twenty-four years later she was re-abducted by whites … Continue reading
A reproduction of the two-EP set with booklet released in Britain. Very cool.
It would not be an exaggeration to call The Virginian, by Owen Wister, from 1902, the most important work of Western fiction ever published. It almost singehandedly made the Western novel respectable and almost singlehandedly created the modern myth of … Continue reading
. . . of The Missouri Breaks. Click on the image to enlarge.
I have no memory of buying this four-LP set of Elvis’s gold-record singles, which was released in 1970. I’m really glad I did, though — it’s in excellent condition and totally wonderful.
Forty years (!) after its release, after a deluge of explicit pornography has washed across and nearly drowned our culture, this film has lost its capacity to shock as it once shocked, with its sexual frankness embedded a well-made film … Continue reading
Police photo of Johnny Stompanato, stabbed to death in 1958 by his girlfriend Lana Turner’s daughter Cheryl, 14 years-old, who said he was assaulting her mom. Stompanato was a low-level mob thug with show-business ambitions. Once in England he stormed … Continue reading
Lust For Life Click on the image to enlarge.
This latest of the Tales Of the Saturni follows three uncanny siblings, all adopted, as they flee the slave rebellion in Saint-Domingue at the beginning of the 19th Century, leaving their parents to their fates, and settle in New Orleans. … Continue reading