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NY Times re-cap: Feud: Bette and Joan, episode 4 “More, or Less”

My re-cap of episode 4 of Feud is now up at the NY Times.

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“Make voyages! — Attempt them! — there’s nothing else …” Happy Birthday, Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams (Thomas Lanier Williams) was born on this day in Columbus, Mississippi in 1911. Will you do a total stranger the kindness of reading his verse? Thank you! Thomas Lanier Williams — Tennessee Williams, letter to editor Harriet Monroe, … Continue reading

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Commute iPod Shuffle

Those buildings are reflecting the dying gleams of the sunset. With the moon soaring above. I just stood there staring for about 15 minutes. And it was freezing. Been a while since I’ve done one of these. My life, my … Continue reading

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On This Day: March 25, 1911: The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

On March 25, 1911, a fire broke out on the eighth floor of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, a sweatshop located on 23-29 Washington Place, right off Washington Square Park. The majority of workers were immigrant women. In the years preceding … Continue reading

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On This Day: March 24, 1955: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opened on Broadway.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opened on this day, in 1955, in New York. Critic Brooks Atkinson, one of Williams’s staunchest supporters, wrote: “[The play seemed] not to have been written. It is the quintessence of life.” The performances … Continue reading

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Two Scenes Where Actors Climb Over Fences: Compare and Contrast

First, we have Liam Neeson jumping over a fence in Taken 3, with a total of 15 cuts in a moment that lasts seconds. (I hope the link to this Tweet works. I could not track down the Gif anywhere … Continue reading

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On Chuck Berry:

Two pieces I want to link to, written by people I know, yes, no shame in that, I know smart people! 1. Glenn Kenny writes a beautiful and smart essay on Berry for Rogerebert.com – Kenny really knows his music, … Continue reading

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NY Times re-cap: Feud: Bette and Joan, episode 3 “Mommie Dearest”

“Not you-OUU BITCH!” is, so far, my favorite line reading of 2017. My re-cap of episode 3 of Feud is now up at the NY Times.

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Happy Birthday, Henrik Ibsen

Famous acting teacher Stella Adler in a transcribed lecture to her acting class on playing Ibsen. Adler BEGGED her students to stop thinking about themselves, about their emotions. She wanted them to be curious about the world, about context, about … Continue reading

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“Johnny B. Goode” in Outer Space

The Voyager spacecraft was launched in 1977 with many objects on board, a floating time capsule, and … maybe … a message to whomever might find it on the other end, light-years away. Included was the “Voyager Golden Record,” a … Continue reading

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