. . . about a girl and an Evinrude. Click on the image to enlarge.
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
This is a little masterpiece of a film, astonishing as much for what it’s not as for what it is. You probably know about the unique logistics of the production — it follows the lives of a divorced couple and … Continue reading
For many years historian David Irving (above) has been called a holocaust denier. In 1996 he brought a libel suit against historian Deborah Lipstadt for calling him that — and lost. So he is now officially a holocaust denier, at … Continue reading
We tend to think that the modern genre of Western fiction began with Owen Wister’s The Virginian, from 1902 — and there’s some truth in the idea. The book was tremendously popular, a publishing phenomenon, and almost single-handedly created a … Continue reading
Dick Tracy is a hard comic strip to love but an easy one to get addicted to. Its author Chester Gould was attracted to the grotesque, an attraction he indulged more and more outrageously as the strip progressed through the … Continue reading
For my money, Li’l Abner is the funniest of all the classic American comic strips. (A couple of the episodes featuring Fearless Fosdick, a merciless parody of Dick Tracy, are the only comic strips this side of Mad Magazine that have … Continue reading
Complete runs of most of the great strips from the Golden Age of American comics have been or are being issued in excellent editions by the likes of Fantagraphics Books, IDW Publishing and Sunday Press Books. I’m a collector of … Continue reading