Category Archives: Books

Stuff I’ve Been Reading

— Wonderful article by my friend Farran for Film Comment on Tim Holt, who has appeared in a couple of masterpieces, as well as a steady career in B-Westerns (one of my favorite kinds of careers). I love him in … Continue reading

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It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, which used to be a regular feature. — I went to the beach on Saturday to escape the mugginess, the stickiness, and because I am bogged down with two deadlines, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Today is the birthday of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Here is an extraordinary excerpt from Wind, Sand and Stars – a book I last read in high school, when I was in my Richard Bach-airplane-writing-soulmate-search phase. Listen to this prose. And … Continue reading

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The Girls, by Emma Cline

Since I am the type of person (is there such a type) who created a Google alert for “Leslie van Houten” (so that I can have up-to-date information on her various parole hearings), the subject of The Girls: A Novel … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Michael Herr

War journalist and screenwriter Michael Herr has died at the age of 76. His Dispatches, the classic of war journalism and so influential you can’t even measure it, is on most Best Nonfiction Books of All Time worth their salt. … Continue reading

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Rejoyce. It’s Bloomsday.

Some men send flowers to commemorate an anniversary. James Joyce wrote Ulysses. You know, whatever works. James Joyce, Nora Barnacle On June 15, 1904, young James Joyce sent a note to Nora Barnacle, who was a waitress at Finn’s Hotel. … Continue reading

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading

I’ve been on the move. Out in LA for 6 days, staying first with Alex and Chrisanne, and then checking into the Hotel California with my mother and two sisters. There was no pink champagne on ice, and we were … Continue reading

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“Why do they strike us? What is our offense?”

On Alex and Christine’s balcony. Heartbroken. From Tennessee Williams’s Notebooks: Tuesday – Jan 5, 1943 This is the first time that anybody ever knocked me down and so I suppose it ought to be recorded. Unhappily I can’t go into … Continue reading

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My Favorite Elvis Album/Book/Movie: for critic Padraic Coffey

Irish film critic Padraic Coffey (now based in Vancouver) runs a really fun series on his site Fan of Words called “My Favourite Things.” The gist is: Coffey asks a writer/critic/blogger to pick their Favorite album, their Favorite book, and … Continue reading

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Excerpt from Slouching Towards Bethlehem: ‘John Wayne: A Love Story’, by Joan Didion

For John Wayne’s Birthday A second excerpt from the essay collection: Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (FSG Classics), by Joan Didion This is one of the best things written about John Wayne. It’s not just an essay about who he was … Continue reading

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