Tag Archives: Sam Shepard

We’ll Always have Paris, Texas

Last week we lost Harry Dean Stanton. Stanton was one of those character actors who never played the dashing leading hero or achieved cinema sweetheart status. But Stanton’s body of work over about a half century of acting gathered together the kind of gravitas that swirls around true artists of the screen, and it’s a [...]

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Best West

After recent posts about Sam Shepard and Philip Seymour Hoffman it occurred to me that the pair had “True West” in common — Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize nominated play was first produced in 1980, and in the year 2000 Hoffman and John C. Reilly starred as estranged brothers Lee and Austin in another celebrated production of [...]

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Nomadus Americanus

After this week’s news about the death of Sam Shepard and my memorial post yesterday, I’ve been reading a lot about the man. I came across a quote from Shepard saying that he only felt at home in his pickup truck — I remember him saying something similar in the Shepard & Dark documentary, and [...]

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Lost Shepard

Earlier this evening I had just finished a yummy dinner of homemade soup with Japanese noodles, miso/lime broth, chicken, carrots, seaweed, and some hot red peppers I bought at the farmers market on Friday evening. I had a great workout this morning and then proceeded to knock the hell out of a to-do list full [...]

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Shepard’s Heaven

I’ve been on a bit of a Sam Shepard jag lately, probably because I’ve been thinking a lot about what distinguishes the experience of theater from other performance arts or even movies and television. Here’s a great little interview I found featuring an unusually open and generous Shepard talking about director Terrence Malick, and the [...]

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Nina Simone: The Legend

I first heard about Nina Simone while reading Sam Shepard biographies which always mention his working as a busboy at the Village Gate, refilling the diva’s ice water glass during her performances in New York in the 1960′s. It was only years later that I fell under her spell and I still think her take [...]

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True Shepard

Playwright, actor, songwriter, poet, musician, sex symbol — Sam Shepard has worn many masks over his five-decade career. While his mercurial creative output has acted as a kind of camouflage against any too-intense celebrity spotlights, Shepard’s relative obscurity — for a Pulitzer Prize winner and Academy Award nominee — can also be chalked-up to his [...]

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