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August 10, 2007


Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* Ed Gorman has some recommendations.

* WhiskyPrajer wonders why the screenwriter and pulp-fiction author Leigh Brackett isn't better-known.

* Scott Chaffin thinks that some people miss the whole damn point of blogging.

* Alice found the "Transformers" movie a wow.

* Derek Lowe takes issue with a review of a book about the drug industry.

* Thursday counts three ways a value judgment can go wrong.

* Cineris revisits "The Hobbit."

* Berkeley's great Alice Waters sings the praises of farmers' markets and Slow Food. But local-foods advocate James McWilliams has begun to wonder if eating local is really the most eco-sound thing to do. (Link thanks to Reid Farmer.)

* Now that's one smart greyhound.

* Steve Bodio shows off a clip of an eagle o'er-mastering a deer, and shares some observations about Kazakhs. They sound like a seriously interesting and impressive people.

* Kimberly recalls some of her more intense relationships. (NSFW)

* MBlowhard Rewind: I stirred up a blogospherian tempest when I suggested that Frank Lloyd Wright might not have been God.



posted by Michael at August 10, 2007


Michael - Nice reminder about Leigh Brackett. A number of movie buffs knew about her because of her contributions to "Empire Strikes Back," and also such films as "The Big Sleep," "Rio Bravo," and "The Long Goodbye." Wikipedia has a pretty good summary of her career.

I think that a lot of her pulp-fiction, as is also the case with Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars and Venus stories, have been displaced by Star Wars influenced novels, and by the fantasy stuff that his displaced a lot of other sci fi. Some of these novels might be a good source for sci fi movie screenplays, but the originals probably won't interest contemporary readers.

I think some of the work of writers like C. L. Moore holds up better than Brackett's stuff, especially Moore's Northwest Smith stories. I recently heard a dramatization of the intense short story Shambleau on BBC7 radio (and this may pop up again on BBC Radio's streaming site for those interested). Some of Moore's and Brackett's work might be available as MP3s or audiobooks at some old time radio or science fiction sites.

I enjoyed your rewind piece on Frank Llyod Wright. I have been fortunate to be able to tour some of Wright's LA Hollyhock House as well as the Pasadena area homes you write about. I agree that Wright's stuff is beautiful but "absurd as buildings." On the other hand, the Greene and Greene stuff bores me to tears. Some Pasadena bungalow style properties are being demolished because they are old, moldy and uncomfortable. Unfortunately they are too often being replaced by anonymous boxes.

Although it is not a home, I have an enduring affection for the Bradbury Building in downtown LA. A nice site devoted to the Bradbury Building can be found here:

As an aside, the Bradbury has been the location of TV and movie sci fi, such as "Bladerunner" and the great Outer Limits episode, "Demon With A Glass Hand."

Posted by: Alec on August 10, 2007 1:52 PM

Thanks for that link to the very smart McWilliams piece on the eco-value of eating local. It makes me want to track down his book. I've often wondered about those "food miles" calculations.

Posted by: Steve on August 10, 2007 3:15 PM

Steve, here you'll find everything you ever wanted to know about those "food miles" calculations.

Posted by: Tatyana on August 10, 2007 3:34 PM

My immediate chemical reaction to the eagle "taking" the roe deer, before any thought could set in: shame/humiliation. Maybe it had to do with the flushing of the roe for sport. Maybe it was something deeper. I don't know. I think that if I had seen the eagle taking the roe in nature, as part of its natural hunting life, my reaction would have been different. But maybe not. Even in that circumstance I think it might be unnerving to witness.
I'm not anti-hunting. Not at all. But this. I don't know. It threw me.

Posted by: ricpic on August 10, 2007 6:15 PM

Michael - Appropos of blogging, did you catch this recent reference to blog site names at Slate Magazine ("Good, Bad, and Ugly Things to Name Your Blog")?

Posted by: Alec on August 10, 2007 6:23 PM

Thanks for the link, Michael.

also, Frank LW not god! Hurrah! must go back and read that one

Posted by: Alice Bachini-Smith on August 13, 2007 10:03 PM

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