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“He saw the role of the serious writer as both lofty and practical in the same instant. He used to say that literature was one of the first indications of civilization. He used to say a fine piece of prose could not only cure depression, it could clear up a sinus headache. Like many great healers, he meant to heal himself.” Benjamin H. Cheever in the introduction to The Journals of John Cheever.
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I know my father served from almost the start of World War II until 1946 when it was all over. He was nineteen and studying pre-med when he enlisted. He told me that the carnage he witnessed during the war caused him to study something else, entirely, when he came home and completed University. I know he took this picture… …and this, and I don’t know the location of either, but they appear to be in Germany. He was a […]
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Babies, that’s Pop, sometime in the late 1940s early 1950s. You know, I’ve mentioned him and my uncle a couple of times on the weblog: Once upon a time (when I was oh so much younger) I cracked wise to my pop – something about Hollywood being a cesspool, or something equally unpleasant and I’ll give you his unvarnished response. “Jesus Christ! Everybody thinks people in Hollywood are godless, bottom-feeding philistines who wouldn’t know quality if it kicked them in […]
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Here’s the deal, I only saw Mr. Newman on film sets and in elevators. He was about the same age as my dad, quite a bit younger than my uncle – so, as a kid I just categorized him as “old.” My dad, well, I don’t suppose there was a time he could be considered hip, my uncle… maybe a long time ago. However, Paul Newman, even to a child was the epitome of cool. And, beyond cool, he was […]
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She sizzled onscreen with the hottest leading men in Hollywood—Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, Charles Boyer, Robert Donat, James Stewart, Ronald Colman—but Marlene Dietrich’s most memorable co-star may have been a balding, jowly, irascible middle-aged man. While entertaining the troops during World War II, she ventured within a mile of the German front lines on the arm of Gen. George Patton. When asked why she’d take such a huge risk—especially when the Nazi government had placed a seven-figure bounty on her head—she replied, “Aus […]
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It’s a marvelous day in the neighborhood… For older activists, the moment marked a profound evolution of their country. For the world, it suggested how far the gay rights movement has come, to make such a significant step in a country with a storied history as a religious stronghold. “Throughout my youth, adolescence and young adulthood, it was a criminal offense to be gay,” said David Norris, a 70-year-old Irish senator and longtime activist. He said he had faced “total […]
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Billie was in pre-pre-production for months, which is otherwise known as “development.” It’s mostly an accounting trick, cinema semantics, as some impressive dollar deals are tied to certain points in the film schedule, like the huge fees that are handed out the first day of principal photography. In the meantime she and Jake and Dave moved into their new home. A major domo/baby sitter was hired from an employment agent that specialized in impeccable credentials and resumes that included service […]
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