Off Topic Post: So Long, Mickey Rooney!

Mickey Rooney Dead at 93 [courtesy Variety]

“Always get married early in the morning. That way, if it doesn’t work out you haven’t wasted a whole day.”-Mickey Rooney

Mickey Rooney and Ava Gardner

Mickey Rooney and  his first wife, Ava Gardner.

Off Topic Post: Goodbye, Shirley Temple!

In all of the years that I’ve written about old movies, I’ve never done an essay about Shirley Temple…but that doesn’t mean I don’t love her. She was, and will always be, a star.

Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple in the full bloom of her stardom. She died yesterday, at 85.

The Dead Writers Round-Up: April 13th-15th

  • Jean de La Fontaine died on 4/13/1695. “Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.” (Fables)
  • Sameul Beckett was born on 4/13/1906. “James Joyce was a synthesizer, trying to bring in as much as he could. I am an analyzer, trying to leave out as much as I can.” (More Pricks than Kicks; Murphy; Waiting for Godot; Endgame; Molloy; Ohio Impromptu) Continue reading

Zelda Fitzgerald: Where Have Sixty-Five Years Gone?

Never forget: Zelda had a gift for words, too. Muses aren’t always mute.

Zelda Fitzgerald Quote Poster

Zelda Fitzgerald Quote Poster

“The slivers of artistic vision which she was able to develop reveal a singular sensibility, her raw ability yielding under a surprisingly effective command. Zelda Fitzgerald is, possibly, best known as the ultimate liver of life, a rare talent at which she excelled with panache, humour, and fortitude. She was also a creator of things beautiful, witty, complex, and sensual. How much was left unrealized, we will never know: that answer died with her in a sanitarium fire, on 10 March 1948.

The greatest work of art that it is in our limited power to create is that which we salvage, fashion, and edit from the raw material of our lives. Zelda Fitzgerald, in potential and adversity, made much of what she was given, as a human being and as an artist.”-from Zelda: The Other Fitzgerald, by Alicia Austen

Sylvia Plath’s Death: Five Decades Have Gone By in a Mad, Mad Whirl

“Remember, remember, this is now, and now, and now. Live it, feel it, cling to it. I want to become acutely aware of all I’ve taken for granted.”-Sylvia Plath

She died on 11 February 1963.

Sylvia Plath's Grave

Sylvia Plath’s Grave












“Reading her poetry is like picking up shards of glass with a bare hand. It is unnerving to discover that something so deceptively small can cause so much bleeding.”-Alicia Austen

The Dead Writers Round-Up: February 10th

  • Sir John Suckling was born on 2/10/1609. “Out upon it I have lov’d/Three whole days together;/And am like to love three more,/If it prove fair weather.” (Ballad Upon a Wedding; Aglaura)
  • Baron de Montesquieu died on 2/10/1755. “Liberty is the right to do what the law permits.” (Persian Letters; The Temple of Gnide)
  • Charles Lamb was born on 2/10/1775. “I love to lose myself in other men’s minds…Books think for me.” (Blank Verse; Tales from Shakespeare; The Adventures of Ulysses; Essays of Elia)
  • Boris Pasternak was born on 2/10/1890. “Man is born to live, not to prepare for life.” (My Sister, Life; Themes and Variations; Safe Conduct; Doctor Zhivago)
  • Bertolt Brecht was born on 2/10/1898. “Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.” (Happy End; Saint Joan of the Stockyards; Don Juan; Trumpets and Drums; The Modern Theatre is the Epic Theatre)
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder died on 2/10/1957. “It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” (Little House in the Big Woods; Little House on the Prairie; On the Banks of Plum Creek)
  • Alex Haley died on 2/10/1992. “In my writing, as much as I could, I tried to find the good, and praise it.” (The Autobiography of Malcolm X; Roots: The Saga of an American Family)
  • Arthur Miller died on 2/10/2005. “A playwright lives in an occupied country. And if you can’t live that way you don’t stay.” (All My Sons; Death of a Salesman; The Crucible; A View from the Bridge; After the Fall; Mr. Peter’s Connections; Resurrection Blues)