How to make classic movies not sexist: McSweeney’s

This was one of the top ten columns on McSweeney's often hilarious Internet Tendencies site in 2014. Classic Movies changed to not be sexist My faves: Gone With The Wind Rhett kisses and grabs at Scarlett against her will. Scarlett informs Rhett that though they are married, she still has autonomy over her body andContinue reading “How to make classic movies not sexist: McSweeney’s”

A Streetcar Named Desire, by Thomas Hart Benton

The Notebooks of Tennessee Williams, as compiled, databased, and published by Margaret Bradham Thornton, are one of the most astonishing acts of scholarship I have seen (and I have seen plenty).  One example: Here's a painting called Poker Night, by Thomas Hart Benton, based on what we know of as A Streetcar Named Desire, givenContinue reading “A Streetcar Named Desire, by Thomas Hart Benton”

Karl Malden: The Greatest Mitch Ever Rests in Peace

News just in that Karl Malden, who is apparently remembered by most people for some dumb TV show and advertisement, has died. For yours truly he will always be Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire, perhaps the best work of fiction ever produced by an American. He won an Academy Award for the movie role,Continue reading “Karl Malden: The Greatest Mitch Ever Rests in Peace”