One of the favorite novelists of my youth, born Cecil Louis Troughton Smith, better known by his pen name, C.S. Forester, was born 124 years ago, on August 27, 1899. His best known works, the twelve-volume Horatio Hornblower series, probably aren't all that commonly in the wheelhouse of adolescent girls, but--thanks to my dad--I loved… Continue reading Ms. Midshipman Rightwingknitjob
It's been eighty-four years since The Wizard of Oz opened at the Loews Capital Theater in New York City on August 17, 1939. It wasn't the first attempt to capitalize on the L. Frank Baum novel. In fact, by the time 1939 rolled around, there had been a Broadway musical and at least three silent… Continue reading “We’re off to see the wizard!”
Yesterday (August 9, 2023) was the thirteenth anniversary of the day I discovered ricochet.com. I've written before about how much that site, and its members, have meant to me over the years, but here's the post from yesterday, the date itself. I urge those of you with a Centerish and Rightwards political bent to take… Continue reading Proudly Declaring My Preferred Pronoun Since 2010!
That's the famous quote from the French Benedictine Monk, Dom Perignon, which was supposedly uttered for the first time 330 years ago this evening, on August 4, 1693, when--after considerable effort and quite a few missteps----he and a small group of his fellows are thought to have to have perfected the recipe and the technique… Continue reading “Come Quickly, I am Tasting the Stars!”
Lord, I almost missed it. I’ve been so wound up about the appalling violence done in this reboot of a beloved children’s classic that I overlooked this recently unearthed interview by Variety magazine with two of the film’s stars, Rachel Zegler and Gal Gadot. (Zegler is still young enough to get away with the giggly, simpering co-ed vibe. In… Continue reading Snow White: Young Woman From Heteronormative Nuclear Family Follows Daddy’s Advice, Makes Good
It seems some photos from the set of Disney’s new, live-action Snow White movie have been leaked and have gone viral, largely via the New York Post. Chief among them is this one: which shows a person (perhaps of the human kind formerly known as ‘woman,’ but I’m afraid to speculate) dressed as an extra from The Handmaid’s Tale,… Continue reading Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho, It’s Off to Woke We Go!
And today, I (can't really sustain the Bob Dole mannerism of talking about myself in the third-person for more than the headline) heartily recommend an odd little movie from 19 years ago, one which celebrates the life of American composer and songwriter Cole Porter, born 131 years ago today, on June 9, 1891. De-Lovely is… Continue reading It’s “De-Lovely:” RWKJ Goes to the Movies
Disclaimer, before I even start: I dread the first few weeks of May. Every. Single. Year. It’s one of those stretches of awful memory that many of us have at different times of the year, when it seems that regrets/trauma/cataclysm all pile on top of one another to render certain times insupportable and sometimes just… Continue reading May the Fourth–2023
You find out who your real friends are when you're involved in a scandal--Elizabeth Taylor Oh, boy howdy. She should know. And yet. To be clear, there are scandals, and then there are "scandals." Those of the first part are limited to celebrity and worldwide interest. Such as that surrounding ET (I see what I… Continue reading Quote of the Day: On Scandal
https://youtu.be/N1KvgtEnABY Brigadier-General Ripper actually had a few intelligent things to say on other matters. But what he's most remembered for are his very essential, obsessive, lunatical, misogynistic, rantings. Sad. But funny. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, premiered 59 years ago today, on January 29, 1964.