Three New Books

I bought a few pre-birthday treats for myself yesterday.

beats

beats

HAVOC in its third year

HAVOC in its third year

Orson Welles

Orson Welles

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

What Are You Reading in May?

What is on your reading list this month?

Do your reading habits change with the seasons, or are you always equal opportunity?

I’ve kind of been all over the place this month, reading wise, which is pretty typical of me.

Since 1st May, I’ve finished:

  • M Train by Patti Smith
  • Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction by Cathy Whitlock
  • The Ice Cream Blonde: The Whirlwind Life and Mysterious Death of Screwball Comedienne Thelma Todd by Michelle Morgan
  • Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered by Dianne Hales

I’m in the midst of reading:

  • Spencer Tracy: A Biography by James Curtis
  • Fear and Clothing: Unbuckling American Style by Cintra Wilson

To be finished by 31st May:

  • Art on the Block: Tracking the New York Art World from SoHo to the Bowery, Bushwick and Beyond by Ann Fensterstock
  • I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist by Betty Halbreich with Rebecca Paley
  • Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters Edited by Bill Morgan and David Stanford

What is your favourite book this month?

Which book on your list do you most look forward to reading?

Please share with me in the comments.

Happy reading!

[The Great Villain Blogathon 2016] Dean Jagger in “Escape by Night”

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I’m really excited about The Great Villain Blogathon 2016. The first two iterations were loads of fun, with dozens of bloggers sharing their ideas of what, exactly, makes for a standout movie villain. In…

[Alternative Muses] Birthday Mashup: Randall Jarrell/Orson Welles

“A poet is a man who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times.”-Randall Jarrell (born 6 May 1914)

Orson Welles, press interview following the WAR OF THE WORLDS broadcast, October 31, 1938

Orson Welles (born 6 May 1915), giving a press interview following the WAR OF THE WORLDS broadcast, October 31, 1938.

What Are You Reading in April?

What is on your reading list this month?

Do your reading habits change with the seasons, or are you at all times equal opportunity?

I haven’t finished one book this month, although I am quite close to finishing the first two. My list is unusually light, and skews almost exclusively towards film history and criticism. I’ll likely add at least a few more books to April’s pile before the month is through.

Here’s what is on my reading list this month:

  • The First King of Hollywood: The Life of Douglas Fairbanks by Tracey Goessi
  • The A to Z of Italian Cinema by Gino Moliterno
  • Silent Stars by Jeanine Basinger (I’ve read this before)
  • A Woman’s View: How Hollywood Spoke to Women 1930-1960 by Jeanine Basinger (I’m pretty sure I’ve read this once before, as well)
  • The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth by Robert Graves (I’ve read several other books by Graves, but not this undeniable classic)
  • Elizabeth Taylor: A Passion for Life: The Wit and Wisdom of a Legend by Joseph Papa

What is your favourite book this month?

Which book on your list do you most look forward to reading?

Please share with me in the comments!

Happy reading.

What Are You Reading in March?

What is on your reading list this month?

Do your reading habits change with the seasons, or are you at all times equal opportunity?

After last month’s lighter vacation reading schedule, I’m back to my usual heavy rotation of books.

Since 1st March, I’ve finished:

  • Victorian Women and the Theatre of Trance: Mediums, Spiritualists, and Mesmerists in Performance by Amy Lehman
  • Nicholas Ray: The Glorious Failure of an American Director by Patrick McGilligan

I’m in the midst of reading:

  • Shakespeare’s Restless World: A Portrait of an Era in Twenty Objects by Neil MacGregor
  • Women of the Underground: Art: Cultural Innovators Speak for Themselves Edited by Zora Von Burden
  • Hawthorne: A Life by Brenda Wineapple

To be finished by 31 March:

  • Keepers: The Greatest Films–and Personal Favorites–of a Moviegoing Lifetime by Richard Schickel
  • Paris in the Fifties by Stanley Karnow
  • Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman by Sam Wasson
  • Women of the Underground: Music: Cultural Innovators Speak for Themselves Edited by Zora Von Burden

What is your favourite book this month?

Which book on your list are you most looking forward to reading?

Please share with me in the comments!

Happy reading.

What Are You Reading in February?

What is on your reading list this month?

How are you approaching the new reading year? Eagerly? Obsessively? Or slowly but surely?

This is a really light reading month for me, as I am spending a third of the month on vacation.

Since 1st February, I’ve finished:

  • How to be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life by Melissa Hellstern
  • Famous and Infamous Londoners by Peter de Loriol
  • Killer Tomatoes: Fifteen Tough Film Dames by Ray Hagen and Laura Wagner
  • Women in the Arts in the Belle Epoque: Essays on Influential Artists, Writers and Performers
  • Billy Bragg: Still Suitable for Miners by Andrew Collins

I’m in the midst of reading:

  • The Lost Tudor Princess: The Life of Lady Margaret Douglas by Alison Weir (this is my sole road-trip read)

To be finished by 29th February:

  • Clara Bow: Runnin’ Wild by David Stenn (I first read this book when I was in high school)

What is your favourite book this month?

Which book on your list are you most looking forward to reading?

Please share with me in the comments!

Happy reading.