Frame from John Ford’s Rio Grande, shot on the Colorado River near Moab, Utah. Myself in more or less the same location a couple of years ago, photographed by Paul Zahl.. Click on the images to enlarge.
. . . at the dark end of the street. Hugh McCarten stars in the newest Noir Bars: New York offering from Majestic Micro Movies — a series of extremely short tales of lost souls in desolate bars on the … Continue reading
Preliminary reports are not encouraging . . . [Image courtesy of ASIFA—Hollywood Animation Archive]
Paul Zahl (of The Zahl File) offers another meditation on an extraordinary bit of American culture from days gone by, the T. V. series One Step Beyond. If you don't remember it, or never saw it, Paul suggests that you … Continue reading
[Photo © 2009 Tristan Forward] Tristan, over at the new emotional blackmailer's handbook, continues to post his lovely photographs of lovely things — and what could be lovelier than the pint glass above, sitting on a table in a … Continue reading
Last month I started off on a road trip with my sister Lee and her two kids, Nora and Harry, down the length of the Baja California peninsula. It was a journey of great adventures but surprisingly easy and trouble-free, … Continue reading
J. Edgar Hoover, before the Warren Commission, in 1964: Mr. HOOVER: There is argument, of course, that by passing firearms legislation you are going to take the privilege of hunting away from the sportsmen of the country. I don’t share … Continue reading
Paul Zahl is a Christian preacher and theologian, but here he ranges beyond his own faith to examine the world’s religions — using an intriguing way into them, to wit: Imagine you have ten minutes to live. You’re in a … Continue reading
In Warren Commission testimony about Oswald’s time in Russia, there are some condescending and sarcastic asides about the Soviet government’s practice of routinely intercepting private communications within its borders — the attitude being, well, that’s what you’ve got to expect … Continue reading
PZ offers some thoughts on a novel and a film that have been regularly misunderstood, or at least mischaracterized: The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit This is an interesting movie (1956) and a very interesting book (1955). Sloan Wilson, … Continue reading
We’ve all been there . . .
Come, ye thankful people, come, Raise the song of harvest home! All is safely gathered in, Ere the winter storms begin; God, our Maker, doth provide For our wants to be supplied; Come to God’s own temple, come; Raise the … Continue reading
Women have a hard time being ironical about their sex appeal. Sly and cynical they can do — see Madonna and Lady Gaga and Sarah Silverman and their ilk. Pious and self-important they can do — see just about every … Continue reading