Leeds: #IMC2016

I am off to Leeds today for the International Medieval Congress (not to be confused with its American cousin, the International Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo). I’ll be giving a paper ‘Chaucer & the Art of the Grift’ as well as taking part in a roundtable on using Twitter as an academic. Doubtless much to share…

Friday Fun: Soap Opera Digest & New Cover

Here’s a golden oldie that folks might have missed, my comic write up of non-existent soap operas that appeared in Dragnet Magazine. Click to embiggen. Also I’m delighted to reveal the brand-spankin’-new cover for the third CHASTITY FLAME novel, A Cut Throat Business, crafted by the superb S. L. Johnson. Find the hidden owl! Out…

Grading

Talk amongst yourselves. I shall return anon.

Tuesday’s Overlooked A/V: Noel Coward

Back in 1955 Noel Coward effectively caused the desertion of Hollywood of the glitterati when he took up a post in the Desert Inn, Las Vegas. For a month he charmed his way through sold out performances that drew the likes of tinsel town A-listers like Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Judy Garland, David Niven…

Tuesday’s Overlooked A/V: The Hitch-Hiker

Ida Lupino’s film noir debut, available free thanks to the Open Culture site. If you don’t know about them — well, there goes your productivity for the day. Books, audio and films galore. The RADA-trained English daughter of a stage comedian became best known for her increasingly dark films, no less than when she turned…

The How To Issue

[One of many responses to the How To Issue] How To Guide: World Domination Some people use the holidays to give gifts, bond with families and eat too much. These people will never control the globe. Lots of people have a good string of days off this time of year when they are free of…

Nora Ephron Made Movies

To some it may seem like a small thing, but it’s not: Nora Ephron made movies. In an industry where M. Night Shamalamadingdong can continue to get movies financed despite making some of the worst movies ever, women continue to be seen as “too much of a risk” to gamble on. It boggles the mind….

TOA/V: Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid

Tuesday’s Overlook Audio/Visuals: Over at A Knife & A Quill I take a look at Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid. Be sure to drop by Todd’s for the round up of overlooked A/V.

Six Sentence Sunday: Con-Eire

Thanks, Linda Parsons. It’s Six Sentence Sunday again: they’re going to be wrapping things up come January. It’s a lot of work to coordinate something that keeps growing in leaps and bounds. I’m grateful for the new readers it brought me. This week I offer a few sentences from my play Con-Eire which gives a…

Tuesday’s Overlooked A/V: Beckett’s Film

Beckett is funny: people seem to often overlook that fact. Productions of Waiting for Godot that get that fact tend to be much better than those with dour seriousness. You put his craggy mug up there and suddenly it’s art with a capital Arrrr! Slapstick is a fundamental element of his work however, so no…