Monthly Archives: September 2014


Blowhard, Esq. writes: Michael Lewis says the “Ray Rice video of the financial sector has arrived.” Eric Holder’s legacy of duplicity, incompetence, and obliviousness. BoingBoing reminds us that he pioneered the Too Big To Jail doctrine. Fifty percent of Americans think … Continue reading

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Architecture Du Jour: The Wooden Churches of Chiloe

Blowhard, Esq. writes: The remote, heavily forested Isla de Chiloe [in Chile]…is home to a remarkable set of wood churches, sixteen of which have been recognized by UNESCO World Heritage as “outstanding examples of the successful fusion of European and indigenous … Continue reading

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Docs About Movies 4: “Side By Side”

Paleo Retiree writes: Another in my series of looks at good documentaries-about-movies, a movie genre in its own right and one that strikes me as particularly healthy. Previous installments in this series are here, here and here. Today … Side by … Continue reading

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Paleo Retiree writes: Slumlord picks a nit with Theodore Dalrymple. Lloyd rediscovers the original-cast LP recording of “My Fair Lady.” Were humans happier in the Stone Age? FWIW, I take this kind of question pretty seriously. Civilization can be a lot … Continue reading

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Movie Poster Du Jour: “Judex”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Italian poster for this 1963 take on the Feuillade classic. “Judex” was finally released on DVD a few months ago.

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Cocktail Du Jour (Sydney Hipster Bar Edition, Part 2)

Eddie Pensier writes: “Dublin or Nothing” (Jameson, benedictine, peach, pineapple, ginger) and “Annabel Lee Martini” (raisin-infused gin, spiced maple syrup, orange, lemon) at the Baxter Inn, located in the same dingy central Sydney alleyway as The Barber Shop and certainly one … Continue reading

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Notes on “Vendetta of a Samurai”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Kazuo Mori’s semi-satirical action flick pops the bubble of valor surrounding the samurai genre. Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura – they’d later be featured in “The Seven Samurai” – play best friends who find themselves on opposite … Continue reading

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Showtune Saturday: “Sweet Transvestite”

Eddie Pensier writes: I can see you all shivering with antici….   ….pation, so here you are. The great Tim Curry in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). Optional but handy prop shopping list here, annotated script with talk-back lines … Continue reading

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Cocktail Du Jour (Sydney Hipster Bar Edition, Part 1)

Eddie Pensier writes: “Valerie” (gin, maraschino liqueur, blueberry/rosemary shrub, lemon, Peychaud’s bitters, and pink salt) and “Shave & Tonic” (gin, Becherovka bitters, mandarin juice, lemon, and tonic) at The Barber Shop, a Sydney bar which is also (you guessed it) … Continue reading

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Naked Lady of the Week: Marry Queen

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Is Marry Queen the first woman famous for her pussy? Searching around the ‘net for information on her, I see a lot of references to it being “perfect.” Where mounds go, it sure is memorable: a rounded, … Continue reading

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