1. David Mitchell talks about the weather – some witty and wise words on climate change

  2. Hollywood snapshots with VIckie Lester…

    Hollywood snapshots with VIckie Lester…

    tumblr_mm4rpsNZAN1spy7ono1_500Good morning, angels!

    The world is ever so slowly coming into focus and I will soon be ready to dive back into the conversation.

    How to Marry a MillionaireSo many odd little things rattling around in my head…

    For instance, when spending the night in the hospital, why do the nurses—bustling in on their hourly visits to check your vitals—ask if you want a sleeping pill? Now, seriously…

    Which puts me in mind of the world’s…

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  3. Urban Archeology in L.A.

    The broad strokes of our house’s history are these; it was built in 1924, the first owners were a family of musicians who deeded the house to their daughter, Harriet Wilson.

    Harriet was the leader of a group called the Singing Strings:

    Harriet and the Singing Strings had an evening radio show that was broadcast nationally. They played from ladies clubs in Hollywood, like the Wilshire Ebell, to…

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  4. I love this recording like crazy. Glenn Gould plays Beethoven’s 6th Symphony (transcription by Franz Liszt) – click on the picture for a short bio

  5. Rise and shine with Vickie Lester

- The Mister had to do a complicated reboot to his computer last night because it’s been giving him troubles.

    Rise and shine with Vickie Lester

    - The Mister had to do a complicated reboot to his computer last night because it’s been giving him troubles.

  6. Night of the Hunter - Charles Laughton and Robert Mitchum

    A one-off by an actor who was chilly toward children and was known to be somewhat self-involved — and he created a masterpiece.

    Robert Mitchum as one of the scariest villains I’ve ever seen pictured with the children he helped direct:

    Click here, or on the picture below, for wonderful insight into Night of the Hunter by Roger Ebert:

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  7. The inspirational - Lillian Gish

    Film pioneer – a delicate blossom with a titanium core.

    Watching over the orphaned children in Night of the Hunter:

    A studio portrait of D. W. Griffith’s leading lady:

    Behind the scenes on location in the Mojave in 1928 for The Wind:

    Miss Gish lived to the age of 99 and at 93 appeared in her last film, The Whales of August:

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  8. Night of the Hunter

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    A spellbinding film and the only one Charles Laughton ever directed. It is a persistent and haunting vision of sanctimonious hypocrisy – and it reveals how any huckster, con-artist, or killer can cloak themselves in the mantle of religion and get away with mayhem… until they run into the likes of steadfast Lillian Gish. Like any classic you can read into it a world of meaning. I leave that to you.

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  9. Paris Review – The Art of Fiction No. 40, Vladimir Nabokov

INTERVIEWER: E. M. Forster speaks of his major characters sometimes taking over and dictating the course of his novels.

    Paris Review – The Art of Fiction No. 40, Vladimir Nabokov

    INTERVIEWER: E. M. Forster speaks of his major characters sometimes taking over and dictating the course of his novels.

  10. Paris Review – The Art of Fiction No. 62, John Cheever

INTERVIEWER: I was reading the confessions of a novelist on writing novels: “If you want to be true to reality, start lying about it.” What do you think?

    Paris Review – The Art of Fiction No. 62, John Cheever

    INTERVIEWER: I was reading the confessions of a novelist on writing novels: “If you want to be true to reality, start lying about it.” What do you think?