Author Archives: sheila

Halloween-Costumes-Through-the-Years Montage

In honor of Halloween, these are the photos that exist. I do remember other costumes but I lack evidence. The first Halloween costume in the recorded history of my life shows me as a witch with a bright blonde plastic … Continue reading

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On This Day: October 30, 1938

Conversation between Peter Bogdanovich and Orson Welles: PB: I’ve often wondered if you had any idea, before you did it, that War of the Worlds was going to get that kind of response. OW. The kind of response, yes – … Continue reading

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The Books: Essays of E.B. White, “The Railroad”

Next book on my essays bookshelf: Essays of E. B. White Before I bought my car, I was a frequent Amtrak traveler. I didn’t really need a car, living where I live, but ever since I bought the thing, I … Continue reading

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The Great Invisible (2014)

My review of Margaret Brown’s new documentary The Great Invisible, about the BP oil spill, is now up over at

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Supernatural, Season 10, Episode 4: Open Thread

New re-cap up in the post below this one, for “The Usual Suspects,” from Season 2. I know. I’m running things weirdly here. But it suits me. Here’s the open thread for tonight’s episode. Won’t be able to watch until … Continue reading

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Supernatural: Season 2, Episode 7: “The Usual Suspects”

Directed by Mike Rohl Written by Cathryn Humphris There are a couple of reasons why I hold “The Usual Suspects” dear. One is obvious: I love the woman who starred in the movie that practically single-handedly ruined my Catholic childhood. … Continue reading

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Elvis Presley’s 2nd Ed Sullivan Appearance: October 28, 1956

58 years ago today, Elvis Presley made his second historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. A re-post. On September 9, 1956, Elvis Presley appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time. He had been booked for 3 … Continue reading

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“Do I Terrify?”

Yes, Sylvia, you do, especially when I hear you read “Lady Lazarus.” It’s Sylvia Plath’s birthday today. Here’s a draft of “Stings,” written in the month of October, 1962, the productive (understatement) month when she wrote many of the poems … Continue reading

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On This Day: October 25, 1415: “We Few, We Happy Few.”

Today is the feast day of Saints Crispin and Crispinian, cobblers by trade (and patron saints thereof, although Vatican II nixed them from the calendar), fierce warriors of their faith, and martyred in 286. The Battle of Agincourt in 1415 … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Alfred Wertheimer

Elvis. R.I.P. to the great photographer Alfred Wertheimer, known mainly for the extraordinary series (weak word, there are over 3,800 photos) of photos he took of Elvis Presley during the spring and summer of 1956, right before, and just as, … Continue reading

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