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60 Years Ago Today: July 30, 1954: Elvis Steps Onstage at the Overton Park Shell

The Overton Park shell, Memphis 60 years ago, on July 5, 1954, Elvis Presley recorded “That’s All Right” at Sun Records, with Scotty Moore on guitar and Bill Black on bass. Sam Phillips hustled the 45 over to Memphis DJ … Continue reading

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The Books: Essays of E.B. White, “Good-bye to Forty-eighth Street”

Next book on my essays bookshelf: Essays of E. B. White Growing up, E.B. White’s children’s books, Charlotte’s Web, Trumpet of the Swan and Stuart Little were hugely formative influences. I read them over and over and over again. I … Continue reading

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Ida (2014); directed by Pawel Pawlikowski

Ida is one of those miraculous films where the images on the screen are so startling, so unique, so themselves, that the visuals take on a whole subterranean level of meaning, coursing beneath the actual plot. The power of the … Continue reading

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This Is the End (2013)

Hilarious. Thought-provoking. Self-aware. But also with an undercurrent of true worry, a gnawing and growing awareness of “How do we live a good life? How do we be good people?” It is truly concerned about these things. This Is the … Continue reading

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The Elvis Puzzle

Every year, we stay in the same house, a big rambling old house, with a gigantic wraparound porch, perched on the edge of a huge hill that leads down to the lake. Our family has grown exponentially this year, with … Continue reading

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Vacation Books

I had brought Rebecca West’s Black Lamb and Grey Falcon on vacation with me, which I am loving re-reading, as well as Evelyn Waugh’s Sword of Honor, which I have never read and am in love with already. It’s already … Continue reading

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Vacationing With a Family of Project Runway Fans

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Seen on Highway 91, Vermont

It’s not the exact make and model, but it’s close enough to be a doppelgänger.

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Supernatural: Season 2, Episode 2: “Everybody Loves a Clown”

Directed by Phil Sgriccia Written by John Shiban Believe me, every man has his secret sorrows, which the world knows not; and oftimes we call a man cold, when he is only sad. – Hyperion, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow You do … Continue reading

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Wish I Was Here (2014); directed by Zach Braff

There are many things in this world that make me angry. Zach Braff isn’t one of them. My review of his second film, Wish I Was Here, is now up at

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