On his recent trip to the area around Paducah, Kentucky, Paul Zahl hired a guide, Jeff Earp, to show him the mysteries of Reelfoot Lake. He writes:Our boat had to go very slowly because of the underwater stumps. At least … Continue reading
First there was the French New Wave — an attempt by filmmakers to retake control of cinema from the commercial or state-sponsored studios and get back to basics.Now there's the American Micro Wave, which is basically the same thing, necessary … Continue reading
A quote from legendary surfboard and bodyboard designer Tom Morey: “The heart loves the shape of a wave.” A fin from one of Morey’s boards:
When we arrived at Lincolnville, Maine to catch the ferry to Islesboro, where the weddding was taking place, we found my niece Keaton, sister of the groom, and her family waiting for the ferry we were to catch. We had … Continue reading
Most of my best memories of my dad are connected with the sea, especially the sea off the coast of North Carolina. Here he is with my mom, my sister Lee and me, once upon a time. Click on the … Continue reading
Click on the image to enlarge. Passing through San Antonio I decided to stop at the Alamo, preserved in a park in the center of the city. It’s a lovely, haunted monument. Lieutenant Colonel William Barret Travis, commanding the garrison … Continue reading
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
Paul Zahl weighs in with some seasonal thoughts about a TV show written by Rod Serling: CHRISTMAS COFFEE WITH ROD SERLING Anyone who likes Christmas has got to like Rod Serling. Serling was no Grinch! In fact he liked Christmas … Continue reading
Just passed 200,000 visits to the blog since it rebooted on 3 April of this year. Thanks to all who’ve come by to have a look. Click on the image to enlarge.
Otto Preminger’s body of work is wildly uneven but at his best he was a master of cinematic style — something the critics and directors of the French New Wave celebrated tirelessly but which has been largely forgotten in our … Continue reading
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William Butler Yeats’s take on the Eternal Feminine: Who dreamed that beauty passes like a dream? For those red lips, with all their mournful pride, Mournful that no new wonder may betide, Troy passed away in one high funeral gleam, … Continue reading
Los Straightjackets have a new album! Fun dance music of superior quality — and it’s in stereo! With thanks to Paul Zahl . . .
Bob Dylan was never comfortable with the label “voice of his generation”. He always transcended generations, which tend to define themselves by ephemeral attitudes and fashions. But he always spoke to and from the heart of his times, expressing them … Continue reading