Louise Brooks on Learning to Write

“For two extraordinary years, I have been working on it–learning to write– but mostly learning how to tell the truth. At first it is quite impossible. You make yourself better than anybody, and when you finally come to see you are “like” everybody– that is the bitterest blow of all to the ego. But in the end it is only the truth, no matter how ugly or shameful, that is right, that fits together, that makes real people, and strangely enough– beauty…”–Louise Brooks

Louise Brooks, circa 1929

The extraordinarily gifted and intelligent Louise Brooks– dancer, actor, and writer–was born on 14 November 1906. May she never be forgotten. 

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[Reel Infatuation Blogathon] Not Incompetent, Irrelevant, and Immaterial! The Case of the Crush-Worthy DA

My final post for this year’s Reel Infatuation Blogathon!

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Integrity is not considered an aphrodisiac. It is usually given a place-setting at the moral banquet, but rarely makes an appearance during discussions of sex-appeal. 

Rebels dominate this conversation. Six-pack abs and an air of danger are optional; attitude isn’t. But rebels, like all culturally celebrated things, don’t need my words in order to shine. They are ubiquitous in the American pop culture landscape. Finding them attractive and charming is not only acceptable, but, by this point, to be expected. It is, dare I say, the norm.

This brief post is my attempt at adding a faint notch in the other, largely overlooked column.

Here are ten bullet-pointed reasons why I have a crush on Hamilton Burger (William Talman), the beleaguered District Attorney on Perry Mason, who is the embodiment of the phrase I’m just doing my job. And his job–that of putting away criminals–is a worthy one. He’s not a hitman or kitten killer. He…

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#ReelInfatuation Blogathon: Links to My Posts About Dean Jagger in White Christmas

#ReelInfatuation Blogathon: Day 1

What a fantastic first day!

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Whee! We’re off to a fabulous start here at the Reel Infatuation Blogathon.

This blogathon is the brainchild of Font and Frock. Click HERE to read her Reel Infatuation Origin Story. (Click HERE for the original announcement.)

Bloggers: If we missed your post this evening, never fear! We’ll include you in tomorrow night’s recap.

Want to join the fun? Come on over! Just leave a message in the Comments below.

If you’re on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or other social media, be sure to use the #ReelInfatuation hashtag.

In the meantime, enjoy today’s entries!

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CineMaven “jumps the gender fence” with Jennifer Jones’ performance in Love Letters (1945).

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Thoughts All Sorts gushes over Christian Slater in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) and Mobsters (1991).

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Blogferatu argues Carolyn Jones is the best Morticia Addams ever in The Addams Family (1964-66).

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Meredy.com gets cookin’ with Joe Devereaux (Robert Wagner)…

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