I’m tooting my own decidedly non-British horn in ABAD today because I am so excited that my Etsy digital download shop is finally open! I’d love to sell a bunch of downloads of the big 10MB jpegs I have for sale there, but mainly, I’m just happy for everyone to be able to look at […]
Here’s Davy Jones in 1965. How I loved that guy. He passed away last year at the age of only 66, way too young. My dad died when I was 29 [a looong time ago, about a month after the Berlin Wall fell], and at 68 years of age, I remember thinking that he had […]
So, may I elaborate on what bright idea had me googling AR yesterday when my senses were assaulted by the sight of his otherwise gorgeous face looking out from Ronald Reagan’s plaster-like head? I think I had googled something like ‘alan rickman rock star’. Yes, there’s irony in this story. It was because these four […]
I’m featuring Alan Rickman a day early this weekend because this simply can’t wait. Someone should have warned me about this, preferably while I was still lying down in bed. People are all hot and bothered about left-leaning Jane Fonda playing Nancy Reagan, but life-long Labour supporter Alan is playing her husband Ronnie? I really […]
The simple and lovely embellishments to this screen shot from ‘The Reichenbach Fall’ remind me, once again, of my favorite foreign-language film, ‘Wings of Desire.’ We celebrate the 25th anniversary of that cinematic masterpiece this year. Credit to the artist, not me.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Gary Oldman in ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.’ I can’t wait for this movie. I’ve been living in a kind of Cold-War-European-1970’s aesthetic lately. I traveled around the East/West German border in 1980, and this week I had my Kodachrome slides of that trip transferred to DVD. [See a few on my other […]
I’ve been a fan of Harold Pinter’s plays since I designed sets for a couple of them at a Pinter festival in the 80’s. A forgotten Pinter piece has recently resurfaced, and it is brief enough that I could post it in its entirety here. The timeliness of this short play from 1960, in light […]
Back in the day of Hans Gruber, I would have loved to see Alan Rickman cast as Mikael Bloomquist. Of course, ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ was just a candy bar in Stieg Larsson’s back pocket when ‘Die Hard’ came out.
Ian Rankin was born the same year as me, but he has been channeling a much older man since 1987. Rankin is the author of the Edinburgh-set crime novels featuring police detective John Rebus. I am reading 64-year-old Rebus’s “retirement” novel right now, ‘Exit Music.’ [Note to self: cast Alan Rickman as John Rebus in […]
James Blunt sporting a Ramones T-shirt. My husband has/had the same shirt [it’s shreds now] and I have/had it in heather gray with red writing. I don’t know when either of the boys got theirs, but I earned mine when I ran lights once for the Ramones back in my roadie days in the 80’s […]