Saint Martin’s Day

Marty and Robby
This week, we celebrate Martin Scorsese’s 72nd birthday (November 17, 1942). Obviously, Scorsese is one of my favorite directors, and the filmmaker who cracked my head open with Raging Bull, showing me the difference between movies and cinema just as The Old Man and the Sea revealed to me the difference between…

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Celebrating Seberg

Jean Seberg
Today we remember American actress Jean Seberg who was born on this day in 1938. Seberg isn’t a household name, but her iconic turn as an unlikely femme fatale in Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless made her a screen immortal even if her activism and the FBI harassment it attracted proved she was all-too-human.…

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DIG! Turns 10

Anton Newcombe
10 years ago, DIG! won the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and this year we recognize its ten year birthday. The film, directed by Ondi Timoner, draws on seven years of footage, following both The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols. Comparing and contrasting the development…

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Happy Birthday, Brother The...

Brother Theodore
Today we celebrate the 1906 birthday of Brother Theodore, a German American monologist known for his rambling rants and self-described “stand-up tragedy.” Born Theodore Gottlieb, he was an artist described as “Boris Karloff, surrealist Salvador Dalí, Nijinsky and Red Skelton . . .…

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James Dean ’76

James Dean TV
I don’t have cable. Not only does this mean I nearly never watch sports at home, it also means I’m often tuned into the strange wonders that can be found channel surfing over-the-air digital television. My girlfriend calls it a new “Wild West Golden Age of Television for Weirdos Everywhere.”…

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Burroughs Curses Capote

Burroughs on Capote
I’ve spent a lot of time in the music scene and in the art world, but in my experience there is nothing like a literary crowd for jealousy, resentment, backbiting and general bad sportsmanship. With this in mind it may come as no surprise that there was no love lost between William S. Burroughs and Truman…

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Gallery-Going with W.S.B.

Copyright William S. Burroughs Estate
Copyright William S. Burroughs Estate Another post celebrating the William S. Burroughs centenary, this video is a fascinating document of the man himself visiting a gallery show of his own paintings on paper at Galerie Waschsalon in Frankfurt, Germany. Here, we see Burroughs accompanied by Udo Breger and…

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Gram’s Day

Graham Parsons
Yesterday I was obsessing about the election, but today I’m pointing at an important something else — the birthday of Gram Parsons. The pioneering singer/songwriter married country music and rock, fusing sincere narratives, steel guitars and an encyclopedic knowledge of all things Nashville, Austin and…

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Happy Birthday, N.S.A.

NSA
Today as Americans turn-out to vote in both state and federal midterm elections, very few voters are aware that we’re also celebrating the 62nd birthday of the N.S.A. which was founded in 1952, 3 years after George Orwell published 1984. The N.S.A.’s purview is signal intelligence — they monitor…

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Prisoners of Gravity

Prisoners of Gravity
Taking a break from our spooky October posts here at the end of the month — we’ll let today’s merrymaking bring its own hard-earned scares — here’s a great little show from Canadian television that I stumbled upon the other day. Prisoners of Gravity was an interview show disguised as a…

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