Category Archives: Art and Culture

The Unknown

[above: Lon Cheney looking like Stevie Ray Vaughan in Todd Browning’s 1927 silent film The Unknown.] Apparently the cell phone data plan Linette and I had, when it was just she and I, no longer works now that our teenage daughter has a phone as well. Every day, it seemed, we were getting texts telling […]

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Hitchcock includes a subtle shout-out to Ypsilanti in North By Northwest

It’s rare that Ypsilanti shows up in popular culture. For a while, we were seeing images of Ypsi pop up in films, like Drew Barrymore’s Whip It, and Robert DeNiro’s Stone, but it’s not too often that you buy a record, or see a movie, and actually hear the word “Ypsilanti” being spoken. So, I […]

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Fear

Now that Bob Woodward’s book about Donald Trump is just about a week away from hitting the shelves, we’re starting to get a little more insight as to what’s inside. Today, we got word that both Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly are quoted in the book. Mattis apparently […]

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Hotpants and Hijab

I had a serious, thoughtful post planned for tonight. It was mostly written when my wife showed up at home with a few bottles of wine and our friend Kristin. Now, though, after a few glasses of said wine, and a lot of laughing around the kitchen table, I’ve decided to give you something completely […]

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Horses that owe me money!

At some point during the 1952 thriller Sudden Fear, Joan Crawford breaks into the apartment of her husband’s lover with the intention of stealing both a gun, and a sample of the woman’s handwriting. While I’ve watched the scene a number of times, it hadn’t occurred to me until last night to actually slow the […]

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