Tag Archives: Pauline Kael

For International Women’s Day: Ladies I Love

These women inspire, entertain, challenge, comfort, provoke, or were “there” in my formative years as an inspiration. The list is huge. Below the jump.

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My second move in a year

Library getting packed up again. I’m too old for this shit. So this bookcase is half-packed and what is there is random, but it makes a pretty funny collage. — Dad’s book on Anglo-Irish literature (dedicated to Mum) — my … Continue reading

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2019 Books Read

It’s been such a busy year for me as a writer. The busiest. I’ve had to “make time” for reading stuff that has nothing to do with anything writing-wise. I need to read for pleasure. Many of the books I … Continue reading

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading

— “The Secret Oral History of Bennington: The 1980s’ Most Decadent College” is so freakin’ lit. I don’t even know what else to say. — Nick Pinkteron and C. Spencer Yeh have a lengthy conversation about the Marvel movies. It’s … Continue reading

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2018 Books Read

2018 Books Read 1. Tamburlaine, Part 1, by Christopher Marlowe I finished 2017 with Paradise Lost, in the mood to continue with rigorous challenging poetry. I decided to read the complete plays of Christopher Marlowe (re-read in most cases). The … 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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Quotes on acting 11: Pauline Kael on Marlon Brando

“We all know that movie actors often merge with their roles in a way that stage actors don’t, quite, but Brando did it even on the stage. I was in New York when he played his famous small role in … Continue reading

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Diner (1982): “We All Know Most Marriages Depend on a Firm Grasp of Football Trivia.”

“Do you ever get the feeling that there’s something going on that we don’t know about? ” “Boog, the bet was ‘touch your pecker’ not ‘pecker in popcorn’.” “What is she … twelve?” “She’ll be twelve.” “That’s what you get … Continue reading

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The Books: “Evenings With Cary Grant: Recollections in His Own Words and by Those Who Knew Him Best” (Nancy Nelson)

Daily Book Excerpt: Entertainment Biography/Memoir: Evenings With Cary Grant: Recollections in His Own Words and by Those Who Knew Him Best, by Nancy Nelson I can imagine that this is pretty much a book only for hardcore fans. It’s almost … Continue reading

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New York movies

… a wonderful retrospective…. which demonstrates why David Edelstein is one of my favorite critics writing today (I put him on my list here). For me, it’s never just about agreeing with a critic’s opinion – it’s about how the … Continue reading

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