Category Archives: Movies

Trans Europe Express

I boarded the train in X. Smoking was much more common in those days. In France, in particular, some people would smoke even in nonsmoking compartments. Even though I had a seat reservation, I changed compartments after two men, who … Continue reading

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A confession. Sort of.

I know it’s not really an excuse, as if I gave a damn anyhow, but one night when my dad had grounded me and both my parents the jerks were out I got fucking drunk while listening to music and … Continue reading

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Slighted again by fate

From the diary of a ducktail pincher Found the bags under my eyes enlarged when looking in the mirror while brushing teeth at around 7 a.m. Went back to bed after some hesitation and slept two more hours. The Italian … Continue reading

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A mill of particulars

From my diary Green, crumbly dog turds in the entrance to no. 42. Noticed during this morning’s walk and stuck in my mind for some reason. Puddles from last night’s rain. (Wrote “puggles” originally, which seems like something out of … Continue reading

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The books that changed everything

Pretty soon I started reading John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, William Saroyan, Truman Capote, Upton Sinclair and many other American writers. Continue reading

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Wasn’t born to follow

I doubt the old books, / doubt the old gods… Continue reading

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A look around, departure & let loose poem

so foregoing the white floc and only taking a sip from the
white armagnac that had come by post from that
part of France in a small bottle labeled “eau de
muses” to prevent any kind of customs troubles Continue reading

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Monica Bellucci II

I won’t deny that the main reason I checked out Agents secrets tonight was that I was curious to see more of Monica Bellucci after Malèna. This 2004 French-language movie, directed by Frédéric Schoendoerffer, turned out to be a taut, … Continue reading

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Holly Brown’s Lonely Life

or: Memories of Stardust Memories “Why am I so alone?” “Loneliness kills in the long run.” Where are the parties of the fifties, which I attended with pointed breast armor, standing in a corner, besieged by five Charlton Hestons and … Continue reading

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Elegy on August Sunday

For A. It’s Sunday morning and speechless apart from the dog I already took on a walk and reprimanded to speed up a few times While I felt free to stop here and there to pick the ripest berries To … Continue reading

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Inappropriate

“Nothing could be more inappropriate than this so-called shortcut of yours by the brothels and naughty bars, James,” my youngest aunt said, “but I’ll forgive you – for the cheap thrill of it.” “What’s your order, aunty?” “Take me home … Continue reading

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What the ring said

The ring said: “You are so beautiful and talented, Parminder! I still can’t believe that Keira stole your show.” Posted for Whimsy at Inspire Me Thursday. Alludes to the fact that Parminder Nagra, the shining star of the delightful comedy … Continue reading

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Now I know who Monica Bellucci is

Some time last week my friend and colleague Damien and I were advised by Kevin, another colleague, to try “La Gondola” for lunch. “The food’s great, the service is good and fast, and one of the waitresses looks like Monica … Continue reading

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What’s it like on Love Street?

She lives on Love Street Lingers long on Love Street She has a house and garden I would like to see what happens She has robes and She has monkeys Lazy diamond-studded flunkies She has wisdom and Knows what to … Continue reading

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Ending 16 – from a Russian novel published in 1873-1877

Vivien Leigh in the 1947 film based on this novel “Oh, you haven’t gone in then?” he heard Kitty’s voice all at once, as she came by the same way to the drawing-room. “What is it? you’re not worried about … Continue reading

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Richard Gere has a thing for Shilpa Shetty

It’s overwhelmingly clear that the American star, trying to do his affectionate and charming best, likes the Indian actress. But the storm of outrage this provoked in India! Here’s an in-depth report at Shadmia’s World.

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Seriously, Dave

A borrowed dialog “So you think those donuts will solve the mystery?” “You bet.” “How.” “I don’t know, but I have a feeling they will.” “Ever the optimist, haha.” “I believe they will.” “Can’t get finger prints off donuts. I … Continue reading

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Williams / Remarque Mix and Match

Nothing that important about a quiet wheel barrow on the western front – Gavel K. Lindsay (copyright 2007) Note This poem arrived by e-mail today. Here’s what its author wrote along with it: How about a mixed-genre William Carlos Williams … Continue reading

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On self-evaluation

A quote from The Mango Season (2003), a novel by Amulya Malladi I’m currently reading: I had always thought that self-evaluation was nonsense. It didn’t really mean anything. How could you not know yourself? I believe we know who we … Continue reading

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The first thing my eyes land on fib

In this place they land on books, inevitably. Cash McCall drew their attention. – Leonard Blumfeld (© 2007) Author’s note One way to get inspiration: write about the first thing your eyes land on. OK, from my working post it’s … Continue reading

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