Gonzo Wonderland

alice
This year we celebrate the sesquicentennial of Alice in Wonderland — a landmark of kid lit and a cornerstone of psychedelic fiction. This probably won’t be my last post about Alice. As a fantasy for the wee, Alice inspires illustrations, and it’s assumed that Walt Disney owns that territory. Little…

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Captain America’s Gru...

Captain America
Can you believe it’s been 25 years since the Captain America film premiered? No, I’m not talking about the latest pair of franchise-within-a-franchise films in Marvel’s contemporary cinematic empire. I’m talking about a direct-to-video version of the Steve Rogers story that took liberties with…

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City Lights at 60

Lawrence Ferlinghetti
When Gutenberg created the printing press humanity took a massive leap in literacy, social equality and political democracy. It’s hard to imagine in this day of tablet phones and digital literature, but after World War II the American paperback created a revolution of its own: it made books available for cheap…

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Prison. Drugs. Terror.

Midnight
Getting started on the blog this week I was inspired by that Snowden trailer I just posted as well as an article I found while adding pages to my Flipboard magazine. Before Oliver Stone became one of the most important directors of his generation he was one of the most important screenwriters of his generation…

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Stone On Snowden

Snowden
I’m a huge Oliver Stone fan, and I’m anxious to see what he might do with his new biopic, Snowden, which tells the tale of the heroic whistleblower and is due out this coming Christmas. Knowing Stone I’m sure he’ll attempt to put the entire NSA surveillance program up on the screen just like…

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Writing on Walls on Film

Watching My Name Go By
I just turned in my column for next week’s Contributor, reviewing the new DVD release of the Jean Michel Basquiat film Downtown ’81. While Style Wars is often mentioned as the first hip-hop documentary, Downtown ’81 was shot a few years earlier even though it wasn’t released until 2000. The…

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Vintage John Lennon Cartoon

JohnLennonSketchbook
Recently, I was browsing through stories via Flipboard and I came across this delightful piece about a vintage animated short film based on John Lennon’s instantly recognizable cartoon doodles. Here’s a bit from the Brain Pickings site… …six years after the beloved Beatle’s assassination,…

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Revisiting Roswell

Roswell
I think the J.F.K. assassination is probably the biggest conspiracy theory of all time, and it’s probably still the one that acts as the gateway for most folks who wander the mazes of the unexplained, the unknown and the covered-up. The Roswell Incident is probably a close second contender overall and it…

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The Legend of Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas
Nowadays, it’s hard to remember a time when poetry really mattered. I still love to read poetry and write poetry, and I occasionally get out to read my words in a bar or a coffeehouse in Nashville where other poets gather to share their words, but it’s almost always a case of singing to the choir —…

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40 Years of Jaws

Jaws
I’ve been posting about the 35th anniversary of The Shining over the last several weeks, but I thought it might be better to wait until it was officially summertime to post about the 40th anniversary of Jaws. The summer movie as we know it today didn’t exist until Jaws devoured box offices all summer long…

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