Monday, August 19, 2019
Sunday, August 18, 2019
If I'm not mistaken, back when Paris was full of movie theaters, it was said that you could find Easy Rider playing somewhere in town any night of the week. Which makes it fitting that I first saw Easy Rider in a movie theater in Paris, and in fact, it's the only film I've ever seen in a theater in Europe. (I suppose I should hop across the pond to bus dishes more often.) Since that initial viewing, I've rented Easy Rider a couple times--good film even if the Southern stereotyping is over-the-top. I've never even heard of the other Peter Fonda film the cool kids on here are mentioning, but I liked Ulee's Gold, and I have no recollection of any Fondas in The Limey, which to me, was okay, not great. I miss previous versions of America, some of which are presented in various Fonda family films although I'm not thinking of Jane Fonda's Barbarella, which my father, accidentally or not, took me to see when I was nine years old. R.I.P, Peter.
Friday, August 16, 2019
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
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Sunday, August 11, 2019
She lit her next fire by writing to Sotheby’s explaining the materials she had, and they invited her to come to New York City. She went by bus, carrying the letters and postcards in a brown manila accordion file and the copy of Wallace’s undergraduate thesis in another. As she rode, she contemplated the negative publicity that might result from what she was doing. She had good reason to expect it; a piece in The Awl made the strong case that another Wallace friend from his M.F.A. days who sold his letters was “cashing in on the late writer’s legacy.”
Saturday, August 10, 2019
J.B. dropped Auggie a couple bucks down, and Lakeside Books appears to sell the lease expensive new copy with shipping included. Thanks so much for ratings, reviews, and purchases. Every little bit helps, so I'm extremely grateful for any support I receive.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Saturday, August 3, 2019
"Wealth is a number, sure, but it’s also a feeling. I grew up living with my mom and maternal grandparents, while my dad played and coached in the NBA. For a time, our family’s safety net was held together by my grandfather’s HVAC business, but in 2001, it nearly came apart. That year, the company worked on a project performing mechanical-contracting work at Lincoln Financial Field, the home of the Philadelphia Eagles. The timeline did not account for delays. My grandfather estimates that the company lost $4 million on the project. Our house was put on the market shortly after. I loved that house because it felt like home, but also because it made me feel at home in a predominantly white world, where I felt as if my every move was on display. The house served as a symbol of wealth to justify belonging. When we sold it, I felt exposed, as though my family was showcasing the fragility of black wealth for all to see. I told friends that my family wanted to downsize. I’m sure they saw through the lie."
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