Daily Diversion #380: Greta Garbo

I definitely have a book “problem.” In my defense, I bought this with a gift certificate I received for Christmas (from The Chef, of course).

Greta Garbo

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What Are You Reading in November?

What is on your reading list, as the days become darker and shorter? Do your habits change as the weather turns cold?

I’ve been much too busy by half to read as many books as usual. At this rate, I won’t make my 2016 goal of finishing 110 books.

Since 1st November, I’ve finished:

  • The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs by Elaine Sciolino
  • Making Tootsie: A Film Study with Dustin Hoffman and Sydney Pollock by Susan Dworkin
  • Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles by Francine Prose

I’m currently reading:

  • Film Noir FAQ: All That’s Left to Know about Hollywood’s Golden Age of Dames, Detectives, and Danger by David J. Hogan

To be read by 30th November:

  • Hooray for Captain Spaulding: Verbal & Visual Gems From “Animal Crackers” by Richard J. Anobile
The Marx Brothers, 1931

The Marx Brothers, 1931

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

Please share with me in the comments!

Dah-lings! Reel Infatuation Blogathon Coming Soon

It’s almost here! Please join us.

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Whee! The Reel Infatuation blogathon will be here in a couple of weeks!

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, have trouble picking one fictional character, you can choose two or three!

We’d love to hear your choice in the comments below.

See you June 13-17!

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So I Wrote This Thing About Dorothy Lamour, Sexism, and Ageism! It’s Funny, Though, I Promise!

Here’s my contribution to the Dorothy Lamour Blogathon, which I hosted along with Ruth of Silver Screenings!

Enjoy (I hope!).

[Dorothy Lamour Blogathon] Welcome to the Old Stars’ Retirement Home: Murder, She Wrote Edition

Announcing…the Reel Infatuation Blogathon (and Pop Culture Platform)!

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Fictional characters. Sometimes you like them, sometimes you loathe them, and sometimes you’re half in love with them. Want to get to know someone in a hurry? Swap character crush stories; it’s the ultimate icebreaker!

Reel Infatuation is a reader participation virtual cyclopedia of character crushes. It’s a symbiotic, interactive platform built on the old-fashioned notion of give-and-take. We want to hear all about your film, television, and literary loves! Are your stories sweet, silly, embarrassing, or seemingly inexplicable? Share ’em! First crushes, old crushes, new crushes? Bring ’em on! You show us yours, and we’ll show you ours!

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Our goal is to share as many character crush stories with as many people as possible. Think of it as a continuing conversation joined by thousands of voices from around the world: you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll occasionally be totally confused. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?

Reel Infatuation is comprised of this fabulous introductory blogathon, a website, Facebook page, and Twitter account. All stories will be cross-posted in order to maximize the fun! After the (first annual) blogathon is over, we’ll keep the party going on all of the other platforms.

THE REEL INFATUATION BLOGATHON…

IT’S IN THE DETAILS:

  • Remember: The character is the thing! We’re looking to hear all about specific character crushes, not generically dreamy performers.
  • Our main focus is cinema, but your character crushes may come from different media (television, books), any era (silents, early talkies, contemporary sources), any language, etc. Is your favourite character from a silent Italian film or a new Korean novel? Please share!
  • Duplicates and multiple entries are not only allowed, but encouraged. The more the merrier (or even The More the Merrier, co-starring multiple character crush Joel McCrea)…
  • Please post on the day of your choice!

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After signing up for the blogathon, be sure to grab a banner or two!

SIGN UP HERE:

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PARTICIPANT LIST:

We (myself and my partner-in-pop-culture, Ruth* of Silver Screenings) are incredibly excited to share this project with you! If you think it sounds half as fun as we do, please spread the word! On that note…

JOIN THE CONVO TODAY!

In addition to the blogathon, you may submit your stories at any time via email, Facebook message, directly to our Facebook wall, or by tweeting! (We will take care of the cross-posting duties.) Please include the following information:

  • Your name/nickname/handle (if you’d like to remain anonymous, let us know)
  • Name of your character crush (role/actor/book character)
  • Source film/television show/book (if possible, include the year of release/air dates/publication)
  • Your story

We ask that you keep your non-Twitter/non-blogathon posts to a maximum of 300 words each. There is no cap on how many stories you may share! Keep ’em coming!

Contact info:

Help us break the Internet, and all things pop culture, by spreading the word about Reel Infatuation. Thanks for being awesome.

*Kudos to Ruth for making the beautiful blogathon banners!

Dorothy Lamour Blogathon Starts Friday!

It’s almost here!

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Whee! The Dorothy Lamour (“Dot”) Blogathon runs this weekend, March 11-13

We, along with our co-host Front and Frock, can hardly wait to celebrate this talented actress and singer.

We’ll upload a recap of the day’s posts each evening of the blogathon. If you post later in the evening – no worries! We’ll include you in the next day’s recap.

For the full list of participants, click HERE.

See you at the Dorothy Lamour party this weekend!

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