If qualities have odors the odor of courage to me is the smell of smoked leather or the smell of a frozen road or the smell of the sea when the wind rips the top from a wave. – Ernest … Continue reading
I finally got around to watching Otto Preminger’s Saint Joan — which has at last been made available on DVD by The Warner Archive. It’s not a great film but Jean Seberg’s performance in it is stunning, pitch-perfect — she … Continue reading
This is a really cool film. The coolness starts with the first chords of Duke Ellington’s quirky and brilliant score, which plays over Saul Bass’s famous credit sequence of bold animated graphics — coolness on top of coolness. Ellington even … Continue reading
This is a Papa Doble, a Daiquirí that Hemingway was fond of drinking at the Floridita Bar in Havana. I made it from a recipe that A. E. Hotchner wrote down one day while hanging with Papa at the fabled … Continue reading
Omaha Beach, first wave, photograph by Robert Capa.
Goddess is a long and detailed biography of the amazing Marilyn Monroe. Summers, like most biographers of the star, is after dirt and scandal, but he seems to have been fairly scrupulous about reporting only the scandal and dirt he … Continue reading
In fact, of course, this is what happened: Not funny.
The smell of the Evinrude Gasoline and oil The curve of the open wooden boat The high prow As his father and his father's friends Launch it into the surf Timing the waves to crest them And they will return … Continue reading
. . . rescued from storage.I love surf-fishing, especially on the North Carolina coast in the Fall when the blues are running. They are relatively small fish — catching one over 5 pounds is rare, catching one over 10 pounds … Continue reading
Disappointed by the box-office performance of his latest film Sucker Punch, Warner Brothers executives have quietly moved to replace Zack Snyder as the director of the new remake of Superman, which will star Amy Adams as Lois Lane. Insiders at … Continue reading
In a recent episode of PZ's Podcast, my friend Paul Zahl paid tribute to The Circle Theatre in Washington, D. C., a now vanished palace of dreams where he and I first encountered foreign films. It was in the early … Continue reading
Indefatigable pilgrim Paul Zahl recently traveled to the area around Paducah, Kentucky to visit a few places enchanted in his imagination. Reelfoot Lake has associations with Irvin S. Cobb, a once celebrated American author on whose stories John Ford based … Continue reading
The advent of these bright, mild days of April means only one thing to the Ventura resident whose soul burns for adventure — the rollerblading season has begun.There is nothing quite like strapping on the blades and gliding out of … Continue reading
Where I live, the sounds of the night are romantic and consoling – trains and waves. The coastal tracks run by about a mile and a half from me, but over the silence of the cultivated fields the trains sound … Continue reading
In a very interesting comment thread on Facebook, sparked by some remarks in the press by Cotty Chubb about the film Unthinkable which he produced, John Tarnoff raised the issue of “4-wall digital” distribution. “4-wall” is the practice of renting … Continue reading