Tag Archives: East of Eden

On Elia Kazan’s East of Eden: for Library of America

Recently, I wrote a small piece which could be given a High School English class title: What James Dean and East of Eden meant to me. When I wrote it, I was deep in research for a huge piece which … Continue reading

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The First Glimpse of The Guy Who Started It All

Age 13. Babysitting. Up later than I normally would be. East of Eden was on late-night television. I had never seen it. I don’t even know that I was aware of who James Dean was. And certainly not Elia Kazan. … Continue reading

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December 2016 Viewing Diary

Supernatural, Season 7, Episode 22, “There Will Be Blood” (2012; d. Guy Norman Bee) I had started a re-watch of Season 7 in November, so I finished it out this month. Season 7 was one of my least favorites, when … Continue reading

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2016 Books Read

I’ve enjoyed myself this year with reading. I have finally bounced back from 2009 and 2010, when I was so out of my mind that I could barely read anymore. (Larry McMurtry describes a similar thing happening to him post-heart … Continue reading

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Recommended Books: Fiction

I’ve been working on this list for a couple of weeks. I also plan on doing Non-Fiction and other categories in my out-of-control library. Some authors are represented multiple times. Other authors aren’t represented at all. For no real reason. … Continue reading

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Peter Labuza Interviews Me for The Cinephiliacs Podcast: We Discuss John Cassavetes’ Opening Night

I had a great time talking with Peter Labuza for his wonderful Cinephiliacs podcast. You can download the episode here. We get into it! We talk about actors, movies, movie stars, John Wayne, Elvis, Judy Garland, gesture – and then … Continue reading

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The Books: “Elia Kazan: A Life” (Elia Kazan)

Daily Book Excerpt: Entertainment Biography/Memoir: Elia Kazan: A Life, by Elia Kazan I met Elia Kazan once. It was in 1999 and I was working on a show at the Actors Studio. It was a production of Awake and Sing, … Continue reading

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East of Eden Screentest

James Dean: “Kiss me.” Paul Newman: “Can’t here.” Paul Newman screentested for the role of Aron, James Dean’s goody-two-shoes older brother in East of Eden. Dean was already cast. Newman was up-and-coming, trying to find his spot in the increasingly … Continue reading

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The Books: “Baby Doll” (Carroll Baker)

Daily Book Excerpt: Entertainment Biography/Memoir: Baby Doll: An Autobiography, by Carroll Baker When I was about 12 years old, I first saw East of Eden, around the same time that I saw Dog Day Afternoon, a movie I didn’t really … Continue reading

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The Books: “East of Eden” (John Steinbeck)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction: East of Eden, by John Steinbeck There’s one sentence in East of Eden about springtime coming to Salinas Valley in California (I looked for the sentence, and can’t find it) and the image is that … Continue reading

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