Monday, July 30, 2012


Iran knows what to do.

Saturday, July 28, 2012


He challenged the guns of his time, one seething with plots, where the disconnect between citizens' desires and state actions became total -- corporatism, militarism, media infiltration, the destruction of all things Public. And the guns became trained on him.

Julian Assange's story, perhaps the most fetid corpse in Obama's ever-expanding charnel house, is the place where U.S. establishment television won't go. This week, Four Corners -- an Australian Broadcasting Corporation news show -- went there.

Mike Head with the background on a courageous 46 minutes.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Hitch x 3: "I Saw What You Did"

The last and best of the "lost" Hitchcock TV works, recently posted at Karagarga.

A crime fiction writer (John Forsythe) is arrested for felony hit-and-run. During his trial, the victim dies. Five witnesses to the accident all seem to agree on what happened -- until the defendant, curiously acting as his own attorney, begins to question them. Then begins to emerge beneath a fairly standard Defenders-like plot, a surprising and very moving undertone. Claire Griswold is the real standout as a young mother who decides to keep her baby. A masterpiece.

Made shortly before he began The Birds, this is the only episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour directed by Hitch himself. Originally broadcast in October, 1962.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Separate Lives

Next stop -- strip searches at American movie theaters. As if we needed any more reasons to avoid them. . .

Arthur Silber on the Aurora weeping and teeth-gnashing by the Death State.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Hitch x 3: "Incident at a Corner"

A brushfire of false accusations ignites when a grandfatherly school crossing-guard is rumored to be "too fond of the little girls." The man responsible for the rumor spreads it in order to protect his own wife from accusations possibly coming from the school guard, concerning the wife's past. A pre-emptive strike, let us say.

The second of three recently posted rare Hitchcock TV episodes at Karagarga, "Incident at a Corner" (1960) stars the young George Peppard -- in the year of Home from the Hill and a year away from Breakfast at Tiffany's -- and Vera Miles in this small town suburban La Ronde. Produced for the anthology series Startime, it was directed one week after the completion of Psycho by Hitchcock, who must have been exhausted.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

St. George

The convention acceptance speech he made 40 years ago this week, at 2 o'clock in the morning. Senator McGovern was then immediately sandbagged by Tom "Drunken Loon" Eagleton, the labor and Democratic Party establishment, Dick Nixon's junkies, and the basic depravity of the American people.

Way too good for 1972, even though '72 seems like a paradise compared to the corporate totalitarian murder state we now live under. Happy 90th Birthday to a great man.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


And scream again.

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Lesser, By Far

A very important man by the simple name of "Hugh" has been compiling, since October '09, a longer and longer list of what he calls "Obama Scandals" -- defined by Hugh as any instance of corporatist, anti-progessive action (or inaction) by Mr. Jump Shot. Hugh seems to have given up the ghost last November, but leaves behind 304 detailed items -- all of which should be trumpeted loud and clear throughout 2012 (and beyond).

Comandante knows.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Silver Sheen

WFAN-NY was the first all-sports radio station in the history of man. The city's celebrating the station's 25th-anniversary this month, and no better appreciation can be found than the one from Grantland's Alex French and Howie Kahn (with Bill Simmons's hysterical take on Mike and the Mad Dog a special highlight).

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Miss Yamada is Waiting for You

(She has passed, at the age of 95. A repost from two summers ago.)

The collage is formed from Ryuichi Sakamoto's music and the five movies Isuzu Yamada made with Kenji Mizoguchi, 1935-36: Downfall of Osen, Oyuki the Madonna, Osaka Elegy, Sisters of Gion and the recently discovered Ojo Okichi (a Mizoguchi co-direction). Of the four members from the inner circle of Japanese Classical Actresses (Setsuko Hara, Hideko Takemine, Kinuyo Tanaka are the others), Isuzu Yamada is the most melodramatic and moving, the most beautiful and erotic, and certainly the loneliest. Under Mizoguchi, her atmosphere is like pure oxygen; if you breath it deep it can make you dizzy and joyful, or poison you. Her always melancholy eyes and faintly hollowed cheeks make it seem as if she is feeding on her own beauty.

Friday, July 6, 2012


Alexander Cockburn and the end of Occupy.

Monday, July 2, 2012


Lori Harfenist is that rarest of creatures, a true blue New Yorker. Her work -- collected at The Resident -- comes straight from the heart.