"Hysterical, campy fun!"
- Tony Brown, cleveland.com

"Full of suspense, romance, drama and lots of laughs!"

- Dan Shaurette, Out of the Coffin podcast

This extraordinary one-act drama deftly explores the evolution of the centuries-old vampire myth.

Friday, September 30, 2005

Why The Historian Kicks The Da Vinci Code's Ass

The Da Vinci Code is about Jesus. The Historian is about vampires.

The Da Vinci Code is for people who have never once in their lives questioned Christ's divinity. The Historian is about vampires.

The protagonists of The Historian are thoughtful university types who enjoy good food and Europe. The Da Vinci Code's protagonists take the better part of an hour to figure out a sixth grade-level anagram.

The Historian's two central characters are realistic, flawed, interesting human beings. The Da Vinci Code's two lead characters are described as Harrison Ford-like and a knock-out, leggy French chick ... who, we are asked to accept, has a brain (see last point.)

The Historian: a horrifying Wallachian Count. The Da Vinci Code: an effeminate English Lord.

The Historian is creepy, and at times, very funny. The Da Vinci Code has a lot of exciting driving scenes.

(I read all of The Da Vinci Code this past summer. I am only on page 60 of The Historian.)

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Dancing the night away

Goth to dance! Dark dancers say cabaret law sucks life from scene
- The Villager, NYC

Between 200 to 500 people show up for the monthly events, Stillman said. Although there is no dress code, most people who attend the dance nights, as Saturday night’s crowd demonstrated, dress up in vinyl, velvet and leather — primarily in black and red.

Since 1926, it has been illegal to dance in a drinking and/or eating establishment in New York City that doesn’t have a cabaret license. Currently, there are only 273 legally operating clubs with cabaret licenses in all five boroughs, according to the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs ...
(more)

Trio scores with silent-film gig
Devil Music Ensemble provides ‘soundtrack’

- Worcester Telegram & Gazette

The horror classics “Nosferatu” and “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” are the other two full-length films currently in the ensemble’s repertoire. Both those films are wrapped in various red tape, which makes it difficult for the band to release the movies with its own soundtrack. The ensemble twice presented its version of “Caligari” at the Bijou movie theater in Worcester. Those who want to catch “Nosferatu,” the latest creation in the catalog, can see Devil Music Ensemble perform to that film on Oct. 28 and 29 at Pothole Pictures in Shelburne Falls, Oct. 31 at Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, and Nov. 5 at Brown University in Providence ... (more)

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

We Get Letters ...

Before you read: please do not do this.

David,

A quick search through the internet comes up with a surprisingly detailed description:

How To Make Absinthe

One ounce dried chopped wormwood
One tablespoon angelica root
One teaspoon hyssop
One half teaspoon coriander seeds
One quarter teaspoon caraway seeds
One pinch cardomon pods
One pinch fennel or anise seeds
One liter vodka

In a glass container add the wormwood to the vodka. Set aside in the dark for ten days. For extra-powerful absinthe, use Everclear or 151 rum instead of vodka. This will give you an authentic green-colored (thus 'green fairy') tincture (the green comes from the chlorophyll, and does not indicate the presence of the active ingredient, thujone).

100 proof vodka works good. too. Then strain out the wormwood and add all the remaining herbs and spices. Wait four more days, then strain these out and serve. Best when drank straight in short shots with water chasers. If trying Everclear (actually not recommended), dribble a little in a tall glass with ice and sour mix or cranberry juice.

Tom F.


Also: Ansinthe & Absinthe Accessories

"Mega Site of Bible studies and information"

http://thevampyres.blogpsot.com/
... and be sure to visit badepitaph.com.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

"I'm the Green Fairy!"

ab·sinthe also ab·sinth n.

1. A perennial aromatic European herb (Artemisia absinthium), naturalized in eastern North America and having pinnatifid, silvery silky leaves and numerous nodding flower heads. Also called common wormwood.

2. A green liqueur having a bitter anise or licorice flavor and a high alcohol content, prepared from absinthe and other herbs, and now prohibited in many countries because of its toxicity.

[Middle English, wormwood, from Old French, from Latin absinthium, from Greek apsinthion.]

And here now; a list of websites, some of which can tell you, in minute detail, the best way (NOT) to cock a loaded gun and put it in your mouth ...

August Strindberg & Helium: Absinthe & Women
An hysterical animation.

La Fee Verte
"Please be wary of elixirs, tinctures, the flaming Czech fire ritual and absinthe sold on ebay. DO NOT BUY ABSINTHE RECIPES OFF OF EBAY."

Zoomgraphics Absinthe Page
Includes the "Absinthe Timeline" and "Famous Absinthe Drinkers."

Absinthe - the Spirit of Oblivion
A compendium of knowledge on how (NOT) to make your own absinthe.

Absinthe -The Green Fairy
Tasty recipies.
"Disclaimer: The following is for informational purposes only. Some of the substances mentioned here can be toxic and may result in injury and very nasty hangovers."
Yes. Death is a very nasty hangover.

The Absinthe Literary Review
This is just a precious, atry readers' website with name "absinthe" in it.

About Absinthe in New Orleans
An email from the wise:
"Listen, I heard you was the explosivs guru, byut i have this problem with this drink people used to make int the 1700s from all kinds of natural stuff they found in there gardins and stuff. Its calld abs inthe . Its made from the boiled up wormwood plant and I have to try it. Would you mind telling me how to boil up wormwood to get the good stuf out of it.?

"Theres this guy who does a page about drugs and food and stuff and he's like a total addct. maybe if you dont know how already you couldc go read his instructions on yhow to make it. I';; thry to print the www stuff at the bottom of the page so you can chek it out. and this guys "mail to cris tagart" is on his page. He wont talk to me because he got in troble for poisoning this guy and he dosnt help anyone anymore with making the stuff.

"But if you go over his web page you could figur out anything you dont alredy know. Let me know if you chage a fee for this stuff k? Thank you so so much and reply asap rsvp k?"

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Saturday, October 17, 2009 con't.

Subject: Barista wanted
From: deathfairy@gmail.com
Posted: 17 Oct 2009 20:21 EDT

To Whomever,

OMFJCOAS – I am so totally perfect for this job! Not only do I have experience serving coffee at the Caribou on Coventry, I have also retail experience at the GAP on Coventry, bussing tables at the T.G.I. Friday’s on Coventry and cleaning bathrooms at the MacDonald’s on Coventry. I would provide references, but my tenure at those last three, wretched establishments were brief and none-too-stellar; I was hoping people like you might understand. I am punctual and efficient, just don’t ask me to smile at anyone.

On a personal note, I live on the dark side and will kill myself if you do not give me this job. GET ME OUT OF COVENTRY!!!!!!!

Claire

++++++++++++++++++++

Subject: Re: Barista wanted
From: nightkitchen@yahoo.com
Posted: 17 Oct 2009 22:58 EDT

Well. We’d better give the job then, right?

Show up tomorrow promptly at 5 PM. The key is under the backdoor mat. Have the place ready to open by 6 PM. You will start at $7.50 and we will raise that shortly thereafter if things go well. You can give us all the ugly legal details when you arrive.

All tips are yours. Keep not smiling.

The Management

Saturday, October 17, 2009

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Friday, September 23, 2005

Keyword: Goth

The Opelousas Daily World: 'Goth' dress gets Evangeline board's attention

VILLE PLATTE - A male Pine Prairie High student's mascara, black, pointed fingernails, and skull belt buckle has led to charges of devil worship and changes in the dress code for Evangeline Parish schools.

"After spending seven years working in drug prevention programs, this all points to some form of devil worship to me," School Board member Wayne Dardeau said. "Something is not right. It is not normal for a male student to wear facial makeup and paint their nails. We could take no action and leave it up to the principal and
end up with another Columbine on our hands ..." (more)

East Bay Express: Dead Can Revive - A quirky, relentlessly original goth-rock duo goes the Pixies route
"It's a bit like childbirth, actually," Dead Can Dance vocalist Lisa Gerrard muses with a laugh, ruminating on her ethereal-goth-pop band's recent, unlikely reunion after a long, enigmatic, oft-thorny history. "When you're going through it, it's quite painful. But afterwards, when you think about having the beautiful baby in your arms, you don't remember the pain ..." (more)

GothicMatch.com
"Where gothic friends and singles feel at home!"
Testimonial: "im sure if youve visited my profile you all know tht im getting married ahhh im so excited im getting married on my b-day of next year which is on Feb.5,2006 my fiance and i have been dating for about 5 yrs now finally he proposed im so excited you guys wish me luck its been my dream to marry him ever since we started dating i just hope it can work out i just moved in with him like 2 weeks ago neways if you havnt seen wut he looks like the pic tht i have is him" (see above) - Synthetic Slut

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Books, Flicks & Those Darn Kids

Globe & Mail: Talk About Byronic!
Crowley nests three stories within Lord Byron's Novel. At the core of the book is the deciphered manuscript itself. While The Evening Land avoids a slavish recreation of Byron's prose style, the picaresque story of the young Lord Sane convincingly evokes the Gothic horrors and romances that arose from the summer at Villa Diodati, on Lake Geneva, during which Byron, Shelley, Mary Shelley and Dr. John Polidori took turns telling one another ghost stories. The Evening Land is a fitting companion to Shelley's Frankenstein and Polidori's The Vampyre, which were published after that summer ... (more)

Fangoria: Two New Horror Anthologies Debut
Debbie Rochon tells VAMPYRE TALES in a new anthology for Wicked Dreams Entertainment and Allied Horror. Rochon (see her in person at the FANGORIA Weekend of Horrors, September 24-25; go here for tix) plays Countess Plasma alongside crazed servant Phlegm (WOLFSBAYNE’s Jim O’Rear, pictured above with Rochon). The duo deal with disgruntled Transylvanian villagers (including Amber Newman of LUST FOR FRANKENSTEIN) while spinning their creepy stories ... (more)

The Providence Journal: After midnight -- Our kids' new vampire lifestyle
Shakespeare called sleep "nature's soft nurse" and "chief nourisher in life's feast," but try telling that to today's high-school and college students, who have embraced the night with a vengeance ... (more)

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Free Times arts listing, 10/14/2009

Into Hell
Mary S. the primrose path of dalliance treads as she proves once again that you do not need an MFA to make the kind of detailed marks that lead viewers to question your sanity. Her folk-inspired paintings take a journey through the Underworld which is at turns disturbing and hysterical. In a good way.
Edison's Pub, October 9 - November 12
Part of the Tremont Art Walk

Artist website

Also: VLAD Movie Director: Interview with Michael Sellers - Movies Online
VLAD is a movie that Luke has added to the site that is a low budget vampire story that actually looks quite fantastic. VLAD chronicles the supernatural adventures of four graduate students who embark on a quest to discover the original Dracula – Vlad Tepes Drakul ... (more)

Monday, September 19, 2005

Saturday, October 10, 2009

MISSING

CLEVELAND, OHIO
JORDAN BRANSTON

DESCRIPTION
Date of Birth: July 26, 1982
Place of Birth: Cleveland, Ohio
Sex: Male
Hair: Brown
Height: 5'8"
Eyes: Blue
Weight: 185 pounds
Race: Caucasian

THE DETAILS
Jordan Branston was last seen in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 7, 2009. Branston, who is employed by Cleveland Scene, failed to return to his office on the following two days. He was then reported as missing.

On October 9, 2009, Branston's leather jacket was located by a jogger in a creek near Kinsman Road. A preliminary search of his apartment revealed no signs of either departure or struggle, though a small nail had been used to scrape the word "CRITIC" into the front door.

Branston's whereabouts remain unknown.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Mo' Promo

Public Theatre cuts budget, tries to end money-losing ways - The Plain Dealer, 9/18/05

A run-down of the Cleveland Public Theatre season in today's Sunday Arts section - and yay, the print version included a big ol' picture of Sadie (see right.)

Also: We got some nice accolades for the BIG BOX production in this month's angle magazine, a link I will re-post when their online version catches up with the one currently on the racks. Thanks, Linda!

Sheer Pandemonium

Wow. That was pointless.

Last night was the PANDEMONIUM benefit at CPT. Sadie and Doug had prepared a short scene from the The Vampyres - the Mary and Percy "seduction" scene, in keeping with the Addicted to Love theme - in the hope of exposing the show to a potentially large audience.

As I drove past the CPT parking lot on Detroit - which had been turned into one of the main, outdoor gathering areas of the event, with performances going on all over the grounds, thank goodness the rain stopped a few hours earlier - I could see the event was very well attended, and very crowded, indeed.

Parking on West 65th, I was prepared to lie about being on the artists' guest list. I could have been, I guess, but I hadn't told anyone I was coming. The admission was something like $100, and I knew CPT was quite serious about not letting anyone in for free. I myself have thrown a number of theater benefits where the lion's share of attendants were "comped" in, perhaps working off the assumption that they would make it up at the Silent Auction or some other money-making scheme. But when ticket prices are $100, that is the money-making scheme.

Heading up Detroit, I saw police and the people standing out front ready to point people to where they needed to go to get in properly and thought "yoiks" and immediately turned up the alley on the side of the Levin, and snuck into that theater, which was being used more as a holding pen and prep area. I checked a map and found where the scene from THE VAMPYRES was to be performed - an "intimate" stage behind the Church, or so Ali had told me she was told.

I headed behind the Gordon Square, through smoking actors, and into the rear of the parking lot - which in places is more like an urban garden. There was a DJ in the rear of the theater playing some beats with heavy, heavy bass. A lone, desperate voice screeched through the vine-covered chain link fence at the rear of the lot, "Will you shut the ---- up!" and "Shut off that ----ing noise!"

Apparently one of their neighbors hadn't gotten the memo.

I spotted Randy walking over to where the voice was coming from calling, "Hello? Can I help you?"

"Yeah, shut that ----ing music off! I am getting a headache!"

"I'm sorry," he said, pleasantly, "I am afraid we're having a special event ..."

I kept walking. I had successfully crashed the party. I promised myself I wouldn't drink much.

I found Sadie and Doug. Doug looked GOOD (Sadie always looks good) - he's shaved, and kept the long hair, and was wearing an outfit which I can only imagine came from Ali's own wardrobe. Thrilling to see a thin Percy for a change. Not gaunt, just pleasant to look at with his shirt unbuttoned.

The stage was not intimate at all. It was a platform rather exposed and open to everyone's view in the entire parking lot. Not that many were watching, there was this dance & poetry performance art thing going on ... and it continued to go on. Our spot was at 9:05 with another at 9:25. I arrived at 9:05. They went on for another ten minutes, and took another five to strike their stuff.

I looked around for the postcards we were supposed to have to pimp the show to the gawkers, but there were none. Sadie noted they had no mics, no one would be able to hear them. But she was totally game, so was Doug, and they hit the stage, doing the seduction scene. Sadie's boyfriend Orrin had gone around, asking people to turn their attention to the stage, though few did, at first. The two of us stood very close to the stage. I couldn't hear a word.

And yet, that didn't matter. In the few short days they had had the chance to work this scene, they have already put together a delightfully sensuous choreography - it's all done standing now, as I understand it will be done in the performance. Gone is the bench. And good riddance, as far as I'm concerned, that thing was flattering to no one. By the time Doug started kissing Sadie's arm people started moving closer, and I heard one or two say, "Oh - this must be THE VAMPYRES."

Percy fed, Mary fell, Percy looked at the gathered few and snarled, "Don't tell!" which got a few laughs, and they broke character and stood. We applauded. Everyone resumed drinking.

"Should we do it again?" Sadie asked. The scene lasted about two minutes. It was two minutes until their second timeslot, 9:25. I observed that they would be performing it for the exact same crowd. I proposed their moving into a different crowd of people, and spontaneously doing it right there. That would have been great, but we decided the ground was too filthy, their clothes would be ruined, and this was true. We had fulfilled our obligation, it was time to get into Gordon Square for the awards ceremony.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

One Man's Meat Is Another Man's Offal - Cleveland Scene

Stepping into The Night Kitchen, a new coffee shop in the LINO District, I didn't know whether to turn tail and run, or just flop onto one of the plush, velvet couches and start huffing paint thinner. Sure, the teenage wench at the counter at the counter was characteristically sullen and looked as though she had been dipped into mascara and ash, but at least the coffee was a good, strong roast. The décor was your typical grandpa’s-rec room-meets-Satan’s-crack-den with second hand furniture, leering gargoyle statuary and lovingly framed posters of 70s Hammer films.

The "entertainment" for the evening was a pair of well-dressed "vampires" (I will withhold all further air quotes, you get me) who make up The Phantom Toolbooth. One was stout, a pitbull of a man, wrapped in leather, who noisily cut his way to the dinky stage, as though the show had already started in the utility closet. The other, the tall, quiet one with all the hair, appeared to glide across the floor, looking for all the world as though he wished anyone else was there but the small audience who had gathered.

The performance itself was unremarkable, the lyrics an amalgam of classical references and crude sexual double-entendres ("Is this a dagger I see before me," indeed) and included all the requisite posing, slinking and growling of someone who desperately wants to be Trent Reznor, but isn't. - Jordan Branston, Scene Magazine, 10/7/2009

The Night Kitchen, 8850 East 58th Street, Cleveland

also: The Search for Real Absinthe: Like Tinkerbell, the Green Fairy lives only if we believe in her. - Reason

Trendy Gothic Vampire Sh*t

Suck Pigface Gub
Weird Science Oingo Boingo Dead Man's Party
Head Like A Hole PIG Covered In Nails- A Tribute To Nine Inch Nails
Enter Sandman Apocalyptica Plays Metallica By Four Cellos
The Wondrous Boat Ride Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Wish You Dead Curve Doppleganger
Dead Souls Joy Division Substance 1977-1980
The Perfect Drug Dkay.com/Die Krupps Covered In Nails- A Tribute To Nine Inch Nails
Realm Lestat Vision Of Sorrows
Effigy (I'm Not An) Ministry With Sympathy
This Corrosion The Sisters Of Mercy Floodland
Cry, Little Sister (Theme From The Lost Boys) Gerard McMann The Lost Boys
Sanctified Nine Inch Nails Purest Feeling
Bela Lugosi's Dead Bauhaus Crackle
Cuts You Up Peter Murphy Deep

Stuck my head into rehearsal last night at Ali's to drop off the old laptop (a prop) and prezzies for everyone - a new mix CD of derivative, dark rock. Just the basics, please, the most obvious tracks, nothing deep, please, God, I beg you.

I had a sleeping two year-old on my shoulder, so I could not stay, but I was already impressed by the five minutes or so I watched. The set (the coffee house) was crammed tightly together, as it will be at the Levin for this revised production. Very claustrophobic. Sweet.

Doug and Sadie will be performing a scene at CPT's Pandemonium III benefit this Saturday, and apparently they had a chance to work on that last night. I am going to try and check out at least one of the two or three times they will be presenting it.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Sunday, October 4, 2009

President Rice lays a wreath at the tomb of President George W. Bush on the first year anniversary of his assassination. President Rice held back tears and firmly gripped the hand of Vice President Cheney, who looked characteristically inscrutible. Cheney’s behavior at the ceremony went to fuel recent speculation that he had a hand in the “October Surprise” which pulled Dr. Rice’s candidacy out of a post-convention torpor and translated it into a 68% sympathy-inspired victory. - NY Times

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Thursday, October 1, 2009

A small coffee house, The Night Kitchen, opens with little ceremony in the trendy, working class, Little New Orleans neighborhood of Cleveland. Smoky, dark curtains obscure any view into the store from the street. The signage raises some eyebrows, but for most residents, the place is practically invisible.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Don't like your opponent? Trick' em out like a vampire!

Taiwan
Opposition Nationalist Party lawmaker Hung Hsiu-chu, right, displays a placard that translates as 'Catch the corrupt vampires that suck the blood of Thai workers' during the first session of the Taiwan Legislature Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005 in Taipei, Taiwan. As the Legislature opened a new session Tuesday following its summer recess, opposition legislators demanded that Premier Frank Hsieh take a leave of absence amid various scandals ranging from charges of labor rights abuses to high level corruption.
(AP Photo/Andy Chen)

The Philippines
Protesters in batman costumes show pictures portraying the Philippines President Gloria Arroyo as a blood sucking vampire bat as a leftist-led signature campaign kicks off in Manila against Arroyo's centerpiece expanded value added tax law. Arroyo says she will try to assure US businessmen about investing in the Philippines despite a political scandal shrouding her presidency and concerns over a rising budget deficit.
(AFP/Jay Directo)

... and now some real news ...

Vampire active again, claims occult expert
THE Highgate Vampire Society has been revamped and come back out of its coffin with a new website. David Farrant, president of the British Psychic and Occult Society, founded the Highgate Vampire Society in 1997 ... (more)
- Hampstead & Highgate Express

also: David Farrant's British Psychic and Occult Society website

Sunday, September 11, 2005

I am known in some parts as "Devil of the Underworld"

Dracula Society
Vampire Church
The Vampire Codex Index
Vampire Films
Vampirefreaks.com
Vampire Magazine
The Vampire Name Generator

... and, of course;
Number of the Day

Interview With The Christ

AP - Sun Sep 4, 7:40 PM ET
Vampires are usually her passion, but Anne Rice is getting biblical in her next book, due out in November from publisher Random House. 'Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt' will tell the story of Jesus' early years in his own words. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

Also: Do You Know What It Mean To Lose New Orleans? by Anne Rice - NY Times
plus letters in response

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Orcinus: The New Orleans race vampires

Like something that came crawling out of the flooded cellars, the ugly side of right-wing extremism has surfaced in the wake of the disaster in New Orleans -- and, as usual, it's beginning to seep into the discourse from mainstream conservatism too ... (more)

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Even Frustrated, Bi-Sexual Art Fags Have Feelings

01. Suck Nine Inch Nails Broken
02. Everyday Is Halloween Ministry Twelve Inch Singles
03. Join In The Chant Nitzer Ebb That Total Age
04. Bazamba Sister Soleil Drown Me In You
05. Nothing [Important] Rosetta Stone Gothik: Music from the Dark Side
06. Where Does a Body End? Swans Great Annihilator
07. She's Lost Control Joy Division The Peel Sessions
08. Sober Tool Undertow
09. One Hundred Years The Cure Pornography
10. Distance Mors Syphilitica Primrose
11. On the Edge Queue Up Possession
12. Nemesis Shriekback Oil & Gold
13. Cities In Dust Siouxsie & the Banshees Twice Upon A Time - The Singles
14. Crystal Wrists Peter Murphy Deep
15. A Night Like This The Cure The Head On The Door
16. Closer To God Nine Inch Nails Closer To God

This playlist was a gift to those in the February BIG BOX production. A sample of what might have been played at the Nine of Clubs (later Alter House) on West Ninth Street in Cleveland - part of what is now the fashionable Warehouse District - if all of these tracks were available back then. The place must have closed in 1989. I think the actual building is still a porn shop ... but then, it always was.

I do not pretend to have been deep into the Goth scene, or even the trendy so-called "art" scene, in the late 80s. Sometime during the spring of 1987 someone suggested I listen to Head On the Door or Staring at the Sea or somesuch and I felt an urgent need to go to classes with brown eyeliner. I felt like I was walking around campus without any pants on - and it felt good. By summer I had dyed my hair black (and so went the eyeliner) as well as a lot of my wardrobe.

This lasted about six months, though I still liked the music.

Even when I did not have a date I would go to the Nine with a sketch pad and pencils and draw the people. Middle-age queens would lean over my shoulder and ask, "Whatcha writing, sweetheart?" Big, stupid, Dr. Seuss hats were popular even then, I always thought it so funny when some dork would sport one of Coventry as late as 1993.

By 1988, when Bloody Poetry was being produced at school, I was gothic, not Goth, with my round specs, long hair (oh yeh, I had hair then) and I always wore a tie and vest. But I still danced to the dark stuff.

Poseur? Moi?

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Shadowy Images

First rehearsal last night. After the initial confusion engendered by my having provided a revised script which some got and others did not, I tossed another half-dozen alterations at them I had composed an hour earlier at Civilization in Tremont. I love fucking with this script.

The play takes place in 2009. Will the diaspora of '05 lead to the widespread discovery of chickory?

Movies of Notes
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
A major inspiration for the BIG BOX production. One of the great expressionaistic films of all-time. To be seen to be believed. And you will discover where the modern "Goth" look originated - Conrad Veidt is the model for Peter Murphy, Robert Smith and everyone else.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (2006)
What's this? What's this!

Gothic (1986)
"Look into my eyes." Ken Russell's kinky take on the summer of 1816. Timothy Spall plays a truly disturbing Doctor. "Part leech ... part penis ..."

Haunted Summer (1988)
Like Gothic, only prettier. Eric Stoltz as Shelley and the other guy from the Bill & Ted's Adventure flicks as Polidori.

More to come ...

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Back to School

Am currently reading three books at once. I don't recommend the practice, only I can't make up my mind.

Lord Byron's Doctor by Paul West
Can you believe it, this book has been on my shelf for nigh sixteen years and I am only now exploring this amusing tale of the summer of 1816 told from the point of view of Polidori.

Players: The Mysterious Identity of William Shakespeare by Bertram Fields
Maybe he wrote them, maybe he didn't. What's funny is the increasingly hystrionic missives to the NY Times from traditionalists insisting there is no controversy. Obviously, there is, Miss Thing, or you wouldn't be writing letters.

And, of course, Harry Potter Third-way through. Lots of exposition. Waiting for something to happen. I hear it's big.

Article: French Quarter Becomes Oasis of Wary Calm - NY Times