Author Archives: Blowhard, Esq.

About Blowhard, Esq.

Amateur, dilettante, wannabe.

Quote Du Jour: Joan Didion on J. Paul Getty

Blowhard, Esq. writes: In a way [J. Paul Getty] seems to have wanted only to do something no one else could or would do. In his posthumous book, As I See It, he advises us that he never wanted “one of … Continue reading

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A Day at the Bowers Museum

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Although I’ve lived within 10 minutes of it for almost a decade, it was only within the past month that I finally made it over to Orange County’s Bowers Museum, an art and cultural history institution located in … Continue reading

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Movie Du Jour: “The Naked Kiss” (1964)

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Cheap, lurid, corny, sensational, sentimental, blunt, and perverse, Sam Fuller’s THE NAKED KISS opens with a bald hooker beating her pimp. After winding up in Squaresville, USA she decides to go straight, lands a job as a well-respected … Continue reading

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Poem Du Jour: “Poem” by Frank O’Hara

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Lana Turner has collapsed!I was trotting along and suddenlyit started raining and snowingbut hailing hits you on the headhard so it was really snowing andraining and I was in such a hurryto meet you but the trafficwas acting … Continue reading

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Linkage

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Performance artist Maria Abramovic’s next piece will be a non-performance. Or maybe her non-performance is itself a performance? Contemporary art, bro. Vagina art. Like the Elgin Marbles returning to Greece. A long, throbbing list of penis euphemisms. What … Continue reading

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Architecture Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Catedral de la Almudena, Madrid, Spain. Source. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Movie Still Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Greta Garbo and John Gilbert in FLESH AND THE DEVIL (1927) Click on the image to enlarge.

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Poem Du Jour: “Roman Wall Blues” by W.H. Auden

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Over the heather the wet wind blows,I’ve lice in my tunic and a cold in my nose.The rain comes pattering out of the sky,I’m a Wall soldier, I don’t know why.The mist creeps over the hard grey stone,My … Continue reading

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Architecture Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Imam Mosque, Isfahan, Iran Click on the image to enlarge.

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Architecture Du Jour: Hôtel de Ville, Paris

Blowhard, Esq. writes: The Hôtel de Ville in Paris, 1871, after it was burned by the Paris Commune. The Hôtel de Ville today. Click on the images to enlarge.

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