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"PLATINUM BLONDE" (1931) Review

“PLATINUM BLONDE” (1931) Review

For over seven decades, many movie fans and critics have ignored the 1931 comedy, “PLATINUM BLONDE”. They have dismissed it as some mediocre, obscure film from the early talkies period deemed unworthy of any real film criticism. 1,036 more words


1MBR - House of Earth

House of Earth – literary fiction
Woody Guthrie – 1947/2013

Originally written around 1947 but not published until 2013, House of Earth is a novel I wasn’t aware of until about a month ago.  686 more words


John Steinbeck on the Kindness of the Poor

I found this quote from John Steinbeck over on the Tumblr site 1000 Natural Shocks. (Over 18s only, I’m afraid). It’s a great quote, from one of the true titan of modern American literature. 160 more words


How not to Win Friends and Influence People

Last week David Beckworth and Ramesh Ponnuru wrote a very astute op-ed article in the New York Times explaining how the Fed was tightening its monetary policy in 2008 even as the economy was rapidly falling into recession. 3,270 more words


23 Lessons I Learned from My Depression-Era Grandparents

My grandparents missed most of the panic about global warming, but frankly, they also had it covered. No air conditioning for most of their lives. Minimal consumerism. 864 more words

Longing for a Southern Spring

British novels fed my student imagination. I longed to wander the moors in a black dress or watch waves pound a rocky shore in Cornwall. I went to England and raced from castles to cathedrals, taking copious notes on period architecture and stained glass. 934 more words

Southern Crazy Quilt