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Recommended: Biographies

For starters: My recommended Fiction books My recommended Non-Fiction books BIOGRAPHIES: American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, by Joseph Ellis I’ve written a lot about Joseph Ellis’ work here. While I love David McCullough’s work so much, Ellis is … Continue reading

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Year in Review: Shooting My Mouth Off in 2018

Thanks, everyone, who hangs out here, who likes what I do, whether you’re an Elvis fan, a Supernatural fan, a general cinephile, a book-lover, or just someone who’s been checking in periodically for almost 16 years – WHAT? – I … Continue reading

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Howard Hughes & Hollywood: Karina Longworth’s book

I reviewed Karina Longworth’s wonderful new book Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood for the Los Angeles Times. It’ll be in the Sunday edition print version too but here it is online.

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Bookshelf Tour #7

Moving on to biographies. Please ignore my wretched ceiling. I had nothing to do with it. I also lost the top shelf of my bookshelves when I moved here in February. Still room for a row of books though. I … Continue reading

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The Books: The Fun of It: Stories from The Talk of the Town, edited by Lillian Ross; ‘Angel’, by James Thurber

Next up on the essays shelf: The Fun of It: Stories from The Talk of the Town (Modern Library Paperbacks) is a collection of “The Talk of the Town” pieces in The New Yorker, grouped by decade, which is a … Continue reading

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In the Land Before CGI

Greg has a not-to-be-missed post, with relevant clips, about Howard Hughes’ Hell’s Angels with some of the most incredible action sequences in film – even more incredible when you realize how much of it was actually happening. The first clip … Continue reading

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“That we have made a hero of Howard Hughes tells us something interesting about ourselves.” – Joan Didion

Why I love Joan Didion For paragraphs like this, from her essay on Howard Hughes, written in 1967: By July of 1967 Howard Hughes is the largest single landholder in Clark County, Nevada. “Howard likes Las Vegas,” an acquaintance of … Continue reading

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Howard Hughes’ OCD

An amazing thing has been happening in my old post about the OCD of Howard Hughes. It has become a gathering place, for people to share. I have made sure to leave it open, because people seem to need to … Continue reading

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Snapshots

— The Hudson is now pretty much encased in ice. It’s gorgeous in a fierce glittering kind of way. I stood out there this morning, freezing-cold, watching the mini icebergs float by. Then this morning, I checked in on CW’s … Continue reading

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Cary Grant on Howard Hughes

Cary Grant met Howard Hughes in 1932. Grant said about Hughes: Howard was the most restful man I’ve ever been with. Sometimes we’d sit for two hours and never say a word. He owned only two suits. He never owned … Continue reading

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