Wednesday, January 17, 2018

R.I.P. George Kennedy

American actor George Kennedy -- best known for his roles in such movies as Airport and Cool Hand Luke -- swallowed his last egg on February 28, 2016, at age 91.

He will be missed.

Labels: , ,

R.I.P. Harper Lee

American author Harper Lee -- best known for her novel To Kill a Mockingbird -- finished the last chapter of her autobiography on Feb 19, 2016, at age 89.

She will be missed.

Labels: , ,

R.I.P. Umberto Eco

Italian author Umberto Eco -- best known for his 1980 novel The Name of the Rose -- penned his final chapter on February 19, 2016, at age 84.

He will be missed.

Labels: , , ,

Monday, January 15, 2018

¡Feliz Día de Martin Luther King, Jr.!

A lot of things look easy once somebody else has done them.
--David Drake, The Military Dimension: Mark II

If that above quote doesn't sum up my view of the various attempts made by revisionists this past decade to dismiss King as a grandstander whose protests were unnecessary because an end to segregation would have eventually come anyway, I don't know what does.

I hope you all have a good holiday despite the existence of such foolish people.

Labels: , ,

Monday, January 08, 2018

Pop Song of the Week: "No Roots"

Alice Merton is the type of gal who will never settle down.

Labels: , ,

Movie Song of the Week: "Hooked on Classics Parts 1 & 2"

From the soundtrack of the 2017 Tom Cruise movie American Made comes one of the weirdest Top Forty songs of the early 1980s.

Labels: , , , ,

Pensamientos Acerca de Televisión

The Simpsons: "The Kid Is All Right"

Wait a minute!

The writers of The Simpsons never even tried to introduce Lisa Simpson to a Hispanic friend until the show's 25th season and they have the nerve to kvetch about conservatives?

Labels: , , ,

Friday, January 05, 2018

Trailer of the Week: Frankenstein (1931)

In honor of Frankenstein's 200th anniversary, I present the trailer for its most famous movie version.

Labels: , , , , ,

¡Feliz 200 Aniversario, Frankenstein!

According to Mira of the For the Gothic Heroine site, this year is the 200th anniversary of the first publication of the Mary Shelley novel Frankenstein. Not all writers from that long ago are fortunate to have had such influence upon the cultural world as Ms. Shelley's book. Indeed, many such writers are lucky if their words are still remembered.

Labels: , , , , ,

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Quote of the Week

So here I am, bringing my own viewpoints to a genre I love, which doesn’t always love me back. I can’t change the books already written, but I can have hope that future writers will bring their own changes.
--Mira, "The Gothic Novel and Antisemitism," For the Gothic Heroine, December 28, 2017

My comment:

Hey, I resemble that remark...

But seriously, folks.

I suspect every non-Aryan like myself has a similar love-hate relationship with Western literature. As well as with Western movies, Western music, Western TV shows, etc. And like Mira, I would like to hope that future writers will bring their own changes to the genre. And I don't just say that because I hope to be one of those future writers...

Labels: , , , ,

Monday, January 01, 2018

¡Bienvenidos, 2018!

It's about time you got here.

Hopefully all my readers will have a much more pleasant year ahead than poor Peter Finch. In any case, I wish you all a happy New Year.

Labels: , , ,

Sunday, December 31, 2017

¡Adios, 2017!

I hope you leave more gracefully than you arrived.

Here's wishing the best to all my loyal readers in 2017. I know I have not been posting as regularly this past year as much as you all might like but I hope to improve on that in the coming year. May you all have a safe celebration tonight.

Labels: , , ,