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Happy Birthday, Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“These are the pure Magic. These are the clear vision. The rest is only poetry.” – Rudyard Kipling on John Keats and Samuel Taylor Coleridge William Hazlitt, friend to Coleridge, wrote: Coleridge has told me that he himself liked to … Continue reading

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Supernatural, Season 12, Episode 2

Have at it!

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Gotham Awards 2016: Our Nominations for Best Breakthrough Performance

It’s that time of year again: one of (if not the?) first awards shows of the season: The Gotham Independent Film Awards! I was on the committee to nominate the category of Breakthrough Actor Performance, along with Bilge Ebiri of … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Wanda Jackson, the Queen of Rockabilly

Here’s a post I wrote awhile back after seeing the great and legendary Wanda Jackson play a show at Maxwell’s in Hoboken. She was 74 years old. She opened for Adele at the age of 73. LEGEND. The Queen of … Continue reading

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Announcement: Editor Anne Coates: Lifetime Achievement Oscar

I suppose I can mention this now, since my draft is in and there have been conference calls with the Dudes in Charge, and the train has most definitely left the station: I have been asked to write the narration … Continue reading

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“What If Elvis Had Lived?” My entry in Annie West’s What If? A Chronicle of What Might Have Been

My copy of What If? A Chronicle of What Might Have Been, edited and illustrated by Sligo illustrator Annie West, arrived a couple of days ago and what a gorgeous and funny book it is, and I’m not just saying … Continue reading

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Today In History: October 19, 1781: The Surrender at Yorktown

The surrender at Yorktown, which ended the American Revolutionary War. The day before: General Lord Charles Cornwallis to General George Washington, October 18, 1781 I agree to open a treaty of capitulation upon the basis of the garrisons of York … Continue reading

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“Am I Too Loud For You?” Happy Birthday, Eminem

A re-post for Marshall Mathers’ birthday, which is today. So psyched I finally got to see him perform. WARNING: If, by some amazing circumstance, you have never heard “Kim” before, please know that it is completely unsafe for work, frankly … Continue reading

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“It Is Absurd To Divide People Into Good and Bad. People Are Either Charming or Tedious.”

So said Oscar Wilde, whose birthday it is today. His mother, Jane Speranza Francesca Wilde (aka Lady Wilde, aka “Speranza”) was an incredible woman in the canon of Irish literary history certainly, not to mention its politics and social upheaval. … Continue reading

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Announcement: Something Wild (1961): Criterion Collection DVD-Blu-Ray release, January 17, 2017

So honored to have been asked to write the essay for Criterion’s release of Jack Garfein’s forgotten 1961 masterpiece, Something Wild. Developed independently, using Actors Studio people in the lead roles (Carroll Baker, Ralph Meeker, and Mildred Dunnock), Something Wild … Continue reading

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