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 Starts Friday!

The 2017 Reel Infatuation Blogathon starts in three days! It’s not too late to sign up!

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Pepe le Pew • Image: gameraboy, Tumblr

Whee! The Reel Infatuation Blogathon will be here in a few days!

This is a blogathon where we dish about our secret (or not-so-secret) film or book character crushes – past or present. Click HERE for the original announcement and list of participants.

If you, like us, are having trouble picking one fictional character, you can choose two or three!

If you haven’t yet signed up, there’s still time to join us. Just grab a banner and let us know your choice.

See you this weekend!


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What Are You Reading in May?

Since I didn’t write a What Are You Reading? entry last month, this post will cover April and May. Let’s get started!

Since 1st April, I’ve read:

  • Unsolved London Murders: The 1920s and 1930s by Jonathan Oates
  • Where Are They Buried? How Did They Die? by Tod Benoit
  • Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples by Rodger Streitmatter
  • Meanwhile in San Francisco: The City in its Own Words by Wendy McNaughton

I’m currently reading:

  • The A to Z of African American Cinema by S. Torriano Berry and Venise T. Berry
  • Paris Without End: The True Story of Hemingway’s First Wife by Gioia Diliberto
  • Memoirs of Montparnasse by John Glassco
  • Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages by Phyllis Rose

What is your favorite book this month?

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

Please share in the comments!

Happy reading.

Here Are the Next Two Reel Infatuation Blogathon Banners!

More banners for June’s Reel Infatuation Blogathon!

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As promised, here are banners three and four for the 2017 Reel Infatuation Blogathon! Keep your eyes out for the final two banners.

Reel Infatuation 2017-Ty Power

Reel Infatuation 2017-Elizabeth Taylor

Have you signed up for the blogathon yet? It’s not too late! Go here for more information.

See you in June.

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Announcing the 2017 Reel Infatuation Blogathon!

Hey, just so you know…The Reel Infatuation Blogathon is back. Please join us!

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Sometimes an experience is so much fun that you cannot wait to do it again. This impulse is one of the reasons why people keep revisiting amusement parks and beaches, museums and restaurants. The comfort of the familiar, when hitched to the promise of a fresh, unpredictable variation, is pretty thrilling to the average human.

We’re no different. Thus…

while a blogathon is marvelous, a yearly blogathon is one step  better on the scale from here to fabulous!

On that note, along with my co-hostess with the mostest, Ruth of Silver Screenings, I’m happy to announce the return of the Reel Infatuation Blogathon!

Help Lucy Spread the Word

It’s time to sharpen your pencils and start thinking about your favorite character crushes. They can come from film, television, or books. Remember: the character is the thing. We want to hear about specific character crushes, not generically dreamy performers. To learn more…

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Off-topic Post: The 100 Years Show (2015)

The 100 Years Show (2015) is a charming, sweet, and inspiring documentary short about Cuban-American artist Carmen Herrera. Her work is extraordinary.

Just as intriguing?

Her life story and glacial climb to prominence in the art world. (She turned 99 during filming of the documentary.) Oh, and a work ethic that puts us all to shame.

The 100 Years Show (2015):

  • Directed by: Alison Klayman
  • Starring: Carmen Herrera
  • Runtime: 30 minutes
  • Release Date: January 2017

The film is currently streaming on Netflix (USA).