Monthly Archives: May 2014

Some Snaps I Took in Atlanta

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: I was in Atlanta recently for work. Thought I’d share some photos I took. This ferris wheel was right outside the hotel at which I stayed. I guess urban ferris wheels are a thing now? If … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Media, Personal reflections, Photography, Television, Travel | Tagged , , , , | 15 Comments

Movie Poster Du Jour: “Madame De…”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: This is an earlier edition of this poster, bearing the printed signature of designer Guy Gerard Noël. Noël was one of the greats of French movie poster design, known for his bold use of line and … Continue reading

Posted in Commercial art, Movies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Naked Lady of the Week: Marie McCray

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Marie’s a nice combination of bodacious babe and innocent-looking cutie-pie. Her freshness and her penchant for making faces of mock surprise sometimes causes her to resemble a living Elvgren girl — particularly the ones depicted gasping … Continue reading

Posted in Photography, Sex, The Good Life | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

“Diary of a Nymphomaniac” (2008)

Blowhard, Esq. writes: This is a strange one. After failing to climax during her first sexual experience, Val, a Spanish-French twenty-something played by Belén Fabra, egged on by her dying grandmother who wishes she spent her whole life fucking, decides that … Continue reading

Posted in Movies, Sex | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Eva Green Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Related Paleo Retiree on the first SIN CITY and here he is on THE DREAMERS.

Posted in Movies, Sex | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Friday Music Wildcard: Vietnamese Westerns

Sir Barken Hyena writes: In this feature we’ll dig deep down into bubbling cauldron of internet weirdness and see what we find. Today, we have a doozy. I give you Ghost Riders in the Sky by đàn bầu Vân Anh. Let’s listen:

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Eddie’s Tea Chronicles: Five Tea Brewing Tips

Eddie Pensier writes: Green and white tea should be brewed at lower water temperatures (75-80* degrees Celsius) than black or herbal tea (boiling 100 degree water). Too-hot water can burn the more delicate leaves and cause a bitter, over-extracted brew. … Continue reading

Posted in Food and health | Tagged , | 5 Comments

The Sculptors of Notre Dame: “Muscle Shoals”, “20 Feet From Stardom”, and “The Wrecking Crew”

Blowhard, Esq. writes: After STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN, which shined a light on the Detroit backing band who played on dozens of Motown hits, there’s been a spate of documentaries honoring the previously-anonymous studio musicians who were essential contributors … Continue reading

Posted in Music | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

Four Critics Walked Into a Book . . .

Glynn Marshes writes: Highly recommend The Norton Critical Edition of Goethe’s Faust, if you’re in a lit-nerd mood. The translation (Walter Arndt) is more-than-approachable and the interpretive notes (Cyrus Hamlin) are terrific. And as an added bonus, the last 180 … Continue reading

Posted in Books Publishing and Writing | 2 Comments

“Need” and “Should”

Paleo Retiree writes: Another installment in what I’m thinking of as my Andy Rooney Series, wherein I notice, and then muse grumpily about, current trends. Hey, what else are older people good for? Today: What to make of morally coercive language … Continue reading

Posted in Books Publishing and Writing, Language, Personal reflections, Trends | Tagged , , , | 17 Comments