Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Theme Song: THE GREAT ESCAPE


HOW THE WEST WAS WRITTEN

Our friend, Ron Scheer's extremely literate book on early western fiction is now available in kindle and in paperback. Do yourself a favor and buy a copy.

Which Books From Your Past Do You Read Now With Ambivalence?

The NYTBR asked two writers yesterday to name a book that did not turn out to be essential reading when read years later. Adam Kirsch chose T.S. Elliott's THE WASTE LAND and Zoe Heller chose some of the Glass stories from Salinger and ARIEL by Sylvia Plath

If I had to choose, I would probably go with LOOK HOMEWARD, ANGEL, which despite Max Perkins editing still seems over-wrought and over-written. Or maybe it is mostly that styles have changed. Not sure.

What would you choose?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NEEDLE MAGAZINE

Buy Needle Magazine - Spring 2014 by Steve Weddle (Paperback) online at Lulu. Visit the Lulu Marketplace for product details, ratings, and reviews.
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Stories by William Boyle, Heath Lowrance, Jen Conley and lots of others including me.

Tuesday Night Music: Theolonious Monk


Dear Jesus

For his last class before making his first communion, Kevin, age 7,  was asked to write a note to Jesus thanking him for what's most important to him.


Forgotten TV: THE 5:48 on ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS and on THREE BY CHEEVER on PBS





This classic Cheever story has been done on TV at least twice. It was an episode of ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS in the 1960s and then as part of THREE BY CHEEVER on PBS in 1979. The story is good enough that it could easily be made again.

A callous executive has an affair with his secretary. He knows she's a bit unstable but when he cruely dumps her, he finds out just how unstable when she shows up on the 5:48, his train back to suburbia. Zachary Scott and Phyllis Thaxter starred in the AH version. Here it is Laurence Luckinbill and Mary Beth Hurt.

Cheever's story is as dark as any noir. I tried to find a clip but was unable to do. HULU has all the AHs for free if you want to look for it.

Although my favorite Cheever adaptation remains THE SWIMMER with Burt Lancaster, THE 5:48 is an excellent runnerup.

***John informs us in the comments, that this episode of AHP is from Season Six and probably can be found on you tube, not Hulu.