Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, “Johnny Appleseed”. Appropriate, I think, at this moment. God, I miss Joe Strummer. We could use him right now, more than ever.
LOS ANGELES – Patrick McGoohan, the Emmy-winning actor who created and starred in the cult classic television show “The Prisoner,” has died. He was 80. McGoohan died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a short illness, his son-in-law, film producer Cleve Landsberg, said. McGoohan won two Emmys for his work on the Peter Falk detective drama […]
I am not an anti-police sort of person. I have a couple of friends who are police and, by large, they and their colleagues do as best they can in a thankless, difficult and probably traumatizing job. I think 95% or more of policework happens within boundaries which are tolerable by society. But then you […]
My RSS feed of entertainment news is full of variations on the same headline: “John Travolta is heartbroken over son’s death, sources say”. As opposed to…? “John Travolta dancing the fucking tarantella over son’s death”? “John Travolta staging massive party to celebrate death of child, hires Katy Perry and Perez Hilton to MC”? “Travolta’s son […]
Great TED talk from Jennifer 8. Lee on the history and pervasiveness of Chinese food in America.
and, via David Pescovitz over at BoingBoing, here’s a Bay Area TV show called “Net Cafe” episode featuring my friends St. Jude and R.U. Sirius. I was probably already hanging around at this point. It’s nice to see Jude, who died a few years ago. I miss her. And yes, this is all very quaint […]
And I’m off to the parents’ house for sugar comas and Christmas movies — it has become a tradition in my family to round up all our friends who don’t have family in town and aren’t going home for the holidays to come over, eat a bunch of food and watch a couple of contemporary […]
Interesting post about the dearth of serious journalism by David Byrne. (I love David Byrne.) We tend to get all holier-than-thou when we look at countries without free press. We think their lives must somehow be more pathetic or sad. Needless to say, this attitude makes us feel better. But people go on. They know, […]
This excellent article pretty much sums up my thoughts on the late Betty Page. It’s a frank examination of her life and her legacy. Whereas Borges was a writer and Monroe was an actress, Page was a body—as pure an object as the pornographer can manage. Page was never really asked to act (unless cat […]