Monthly Archives: October 2011

Happy Trails

“Cowgirl’ is an attitude really. A pioneer spirit, a special American brand of courage. The cowgirl faces life head-on, lives by her own lights, and makes no excuses. Cowgirls take stands; they speak up. They defend things they hold dear.” … Continue reading

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The Quail He’ll Tail

There’s a wonderful moment in the Heat of the Night when a cop cruiser is prowling the streets searching for trouble and elsewhere actor Anthony James has just broken into a jukebox with a screwdriver and begins dancing to the … Continue reading

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The Blood-dimmed Tide

We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but with the quarrel with ourselves, poetry. ~ W.B. Yeats Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick might have substituted horror for poetry. Lit critic Harold Bloom wrote that William Butler Yeats’s poem The Second … Continue reading

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Hell Broke Loose in Georgia

He’s best known for writing the short story The Devil and Daniel Webster or the epic Civil War poem John Brown’s Body. He also adapted the Roman story of the Sabine women abduction into a tale called The Sobbin’ Women … Continue reading

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Asbestos Man: They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To

A photograph from the 1939-1940 World’s Fair in New York showing Hildreth Meière’s sculpture of a man clad in asbestos, against a background of metal flames. It was to be the mineral of the future! A few years later song … Continue reading

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Exhuming Things Better Left Alone

Ghosts stories aren’t just about the dearly departed, at least not in the pushing daisies sense; memories can rattle as many chains as any specter. We all have this kind of haunting, the kind where something’s ended before we’re ready. … Continue reading

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You Could Go Home Again, If Only You Knew the Way

Against my usually impeccable judgement I picked up a few tribute albums this year. Typically, I think these records fall into two camps; one: cynical big label exploits of musicians and bands I love performed by musicians and bands who’ve … Continue reading

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