Tag Archives: Elvis Presley

Two Icons

One icon being watched over by another. From “I Hired a Contract Killer” (1990), directed by Aki Kaurismäki I also love this looping-together (almost accidentally) of the two guys – because of the image-similarity in two iconic albums, clearly a … Continue reading

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Elvis Presley and Orpheus Descending, Part Deux

This long post, inspired by my own research and a couple of paragraphs in Elaine Dundy’s wonderful book Elvis and Gladys, puts out the theory that Tennessee Williams re-wrote his first full-length play Battle of Angels into Orpheus Descending in … Continue reading

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Elvis Is Everywhere

Someone once got to my site by Googling something about George Washington and landed on a post I had written about the man. But she was distracted by the banner on the top, and the big button on the side, … Continue reading

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The Books: Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung: The Work of a Legendary Critic: Rock’N’Roll as Literature and Literature as Rock ‘N’Roll; “from Notes for Review of Lost Highway”, by Lester Bangs

Next up on the essays shelf: Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung: The Work of a Legendary Critic: Rock’N’Roll as Literature and Literature as Rock ‘N’Roll, by Lester Bangs The following was not meant for publication. Lester Bangs was writing a … Continue reading

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“Animals Don’t Hate, and We’re Supposed To Be Better Than Them.” – Elvis Presley, the Twin Who Lived

A re-post, for Elvis’ birthday. From Elvis and Gladys by Elaine Dundy On the chill afternoon of Tuesday, January 8, 1935, Catherine Hall was walking briskly home. At the end of Lake Street she slowed down looking right and left … Continue reading

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Holiday iPod Shuffle

My Christmas was lovely. New baby Pearl. And another pregnant sister. And Melody is pregnant too. So we will have two new babies in our family come spring, so Pearl will have company in the Infant Brigade, and it’s all … Continue reading

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“‘Santa Claus is coming down your chimney tonight’ sounds absolutely filthy when Elvis sings it.” – Tom Petty

And here is Elvis Presley’s positively dirty Christmas song, “Santa Claus is Back in Town”, which includes a reference to a “big black Cadillac” and taking off your “stockings” in preparation for his arrival, and how he’s “coming” in “your … Continue reading

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The Books: Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung: The Work of a Legendary Critic: Rock’N’Roll as Literature and Literature as Rock ‘N’Roll; “David Bowie: Station to Station”, by Lester Bangs

Next up on the essays shelf: Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung: The Work of a Legendary Critic: Rock’N’Roll as Literature and Literature as Rock ‘N’Roll, by Lester Bangs Lester Bangs is quick to tell us his problems with David Bowie … 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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Thanksgiving Week Shuffle

“Save the Last Dance” – The Troggs. Lester Banks’ massive essay on The Troggs has almost more relevance now than it did when it was first published … it’s still a throw-down against mediocrity and playing it safe. Here The … Continue reading

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