Monthly Archives: April 2013

“I Survived BTK”

Paleo Retiree writes: Low-budget documentary about Charlie Otero, a Wichita native whose parents and a couple of whose siblings were murdered in 1974 by “BTK,” a Wichita-based murderer who went on to become Kansas’ most notorious serial killer. It’s a … Continue reading

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Paleo Retiree writes: Has the time finally come to end affirmative action? Meet Stoya, favorite porn star of today’s hipsters. Safe for work — the link goes to a Village Voice article. Although a majority of Americans want immigration rates … Continue reading

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Inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Since Sir Barken Hyena was unable to get a look inside the Disney Concert Hall, I thought I’d post these pictures I took in December. Besides, while the exterior is famous, I usually see far fewer pictures … Continue reading

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Notes On Two Early Films by Masaki Kobayashi

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: “A Sincere Heart,” from 1953, demonstrates that Masaki Kobayashi’s gift for staging was evident very early on. In particular, his ability to invest spaces with emotional meanings, and to link them to other spaces via subtle visual … Continue reading

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Notes on Los Angeles, Part II: Mostly Architecture

Sir Barken Hyena writes: The L.A. visit continued with a walking tour of glorious, or at least much photographed, Downtown Los Angeles. We had some highs and some lows with this one. One “high” was certainly the LA City Hall, … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

Blowhard, Esq. writes: “A few miles from here a frost-stiffened wood waits and keeps watch above a mere; the overhanging bank is a maze of tree-roots mirrored in its surface. At night there, something uncanny happens: the water burns. And … Continue reading

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Immigration, Legal and Illegal

Paleo Retiree writes: I don’t normally have much time for Anne Coulter, but this strikes me as a terrific column. Fact Du Jour: “During the three years from 2010 through 2012, immigrants have committed about a dozen mass murders in … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

Blowhard, Esq. writes: With the rise of the state all of this [economic and political freedom] was swept away. For the past five or six millennia, nine-tenths of all people who ever lived did so as peasants or as members … Continue reading

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Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Foseti shares his heretical views on the defeat of communism. Or perhaps we should put scare quotes around defeat? I’ve often asked myself the same question: If it’s true that communism was defeated, how is it that … Continue reading

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Shakin’: An Interview With De De Mollner

Paleo Retiree writes: Yesterday I expressed my enthusiasm for ’60s go-go dancing, which I consider to be a majorly underappreciated popular artform. Who doesn’t love the girls who dance behind rock acts? But how much do you know about them? … Continue reading

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