Sunday, July 5, 2015
Friday, July 3, 2015
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
...but at least this year Joan Fontaine isn't one of them. Many happy returns on her 99th to the one and only Miss Olivia de Havilland. I hope that she's up for a little celebration; Paris, after all, is lovely this time of year. As, I'm sure, is she.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
From the first moments of 1947's Possessed, Joan Crawford sketches a character different from, deeper than, and profoundly stranger than any I've seen her play in what was even then her two decades on screen.
Friday, June 26, 2015
Rings on a nightstand, Cairo, 2008
"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were."
- Obergefell v. Hodges
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Even though, alas, I have returned to the grindstone (mostly - I still sneak home for the occasional nap; I'm finding that a wan expression and a faraway look can get me almost anything I want, now that I'm an Established Invalid), I don't want you to think I've given up all the habits of leisure that I enjoyed this spring. For example, I've just finished doing something I rarely do, reading a recently published book.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Here to celebrate this festive day we have an old familiar number in what I imagine is a rather unfamiliar setting. As Mr. Cole Porter rolls in his grave, the one and only Miss Violetta Villas and her Double-Knit Dancers give us their interpretation of "My Heart Belongs to Daddy."
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Well, I've certainly been wasting more than enough time on the strange saga of Rachel Doležal,* that Jenny Stewart for the Post-Modern century.
Friday, June 12, 2015
Yes, it's two cute boys singing a ukelele-based cover of the Monkees' immortal "Daydream Believer." Just in case you don't think we're up on all the hipster trends here at the Café.
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Here's a little treat for what is, at least here in Our Nation's Capital, a gray but rather pleasant summer Sunday. I can't think of a more refreshing way to spend eleven minutes or so, at least not in mixed company...
Monday, June 1, 2015
This little gem has been making the rounds lately, so I can make no claims to originality in featuring it; it's just that it is, after all, the first of this lovely month, and it makes me laugh like few other clips.
Saturday, May 30, 2015
This unnerving slice of '70s life in the USSR is either a particularly hapless commercial for portable TVs or a harrowing glimpse into one family's unhealthy interpersonal dynamic. You be the judge.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
The Entrance to the Tautira River, Tahiti. Fisherman Spearing a Fish, John La Farge (detail)
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Many happy returns to the peerless Miss Peggy Lee, who joined us - in the almost comically unlikely form of Norma Deloris Egstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota - on this day in 1920. I don't know about you, but I never had a math teacher quite like this...