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I know what you're thinking: that's not a cat. You're right, but this is one of my all-time favorite critter pictures, so I hereby declare Winston to be an honorary cat. Della Street disagrees but who the hell cares what... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at FIRST DRAFT
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Variations week at First Draft continues with two covers for this hard boiled novel. This is one I've read, and it's pretty damn good. Wade Miller is a pen name for the prolific team of Bob Wade and Bill Miller.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at FIRST DRAFT
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I was doing a Google search for George Gershwin the other day and came across a bunch of pretty darn interesting Porgy And Bess covers. Here are a few of them: Time for some music, here's Miles Davis and Bill... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at FIRST DRAFT
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As y'all know I am not easily shocked, but the flow of racist vitriol directed at a genuine American hero has come close to shocking me. Hank Aaron's original sin was breaking the Babe's record but his current offense, of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at FIRST DRAFT
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It's the 67th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's debut as the first African American major league baseball player. He's being honored at ballparks across the country by folks wearing his number, 42. I'm honoring him here by posting the 1962 picture... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at FIRST DRAFT
Most people hate Mondays. There is, however, one thing about Mondays that I look forward to: Charlie Pierce's weekly What Are The Gobshites Saying These Days? feature. Pierce watches the Sunday shows so I don't have to. Thanks, man. The... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at FIRST DRAFT
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It's January 1969 and Mad Men has gone full tilt bi-coastal. Don has become Megan's sidekick instead of being a rock star. We saw this immediately after she picked him up at the airport and insisted on driving. Don Fucking... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at FIRST DRAFT
Here's the master's appearance on Dick Cavett's ABC Show in 1969: Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at FIRST DRAFT
Speaking of jelly, here's Leon Redbone instead of Thomas Carmody: Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at FIRST DRAFT
Louisiana State Rep.Thomas Carmody (R-Bible Belt) is the latest person to emerge from obscurity to become malaka of the week. I never heard of him before today and plan to forget him as soon as possible. Unfortunately, that won't be... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at FIRST DRAFT
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I don't actually know if the orange chair qualifies as mid-century modern, but I know it's comfortable. And Oscar knows from comfortable: Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at FIRST DRAFT
No, this is not a quote from my NOLA friend Jimmy Huck's blog, it's just another dumbshit comment from former Arkansas Governor,GOP also-ran, and wingnut insult comedian Mike Huckabee: Because the fact is we don't like to do things by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
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Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney died the other day at 93. During the 1950's, Rooney took a walk on the pulpy side and did a few film noirs including Quicksand: Here's a lobby card, which cashes in on Rooney's Andy Hardy/All-American... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
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It's been 40 years since Hammerin' Hank Aaron hit career home run 715 off of Al Downing of the Dodgers but he's still a slugger: "We can talk about baseball. Talk about politics. Sure, this country has a black president,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
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The post title is inspired by Will Haygood's wonderful biography of Harlem pastor/Congressman Adam Clayton Powell. It's a pity that Powell isn't around today to infuriate Bill-O and the wrecking crew at Fox News, but I digress. I seem to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
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Oranges & Lemons was an all out attempt by XTC and Geffen records to have a hit record. It didn't quite work out that way BUT it should have. It's also one of the best collections of songs from Andy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
Legendarily dickish former spook MIchael Hayden is back in the news. He's been known to insult people and he's at it again: Who gets “emotional” about torture—or, rather, what is the proper emotional response to a history of torture and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
You probably heard yesterday that Louisiana Congressman Vance McAllister was featured in a leaked video showing him necking with an aide during the holidays last year. I was going to write a quick malaka of the week post about this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
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The final season of Mad Men starts next Sunday, which means I'll be recapping the show once again. The Matthew Weiner cone of silence seems to be holding, so anything I say today is mere speculation but what's a little... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
All the chatter about David Letterman's retirement got me thinking about the *real* King of late night, Johnny Carson. He made it look so easy when he was on the air that it was, uh, easy to forget how damn... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
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This week's guest cat is Milan who "belongs" to my friend and fellow Spanskter Wendar. Milan is named for the street in New Orleans so his name is pronounced My-lan as opposed to Me-lan. Adding to the confusion he lives... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
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I usually reserve this space for schmucks, putzes, and douchebags, not for the genuinely dangerous. Charles Koch usually fits into the latter category but this week he's gone, not rogue, but malaka. (If only he was as manly and shit... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
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This cover fits into the pulp sub-category of sleaze. The title is just plain silly but the tag line is sublime: OMG, the author's name has been covered. Horrors. I'm sure that Don Bellmore was very proud of this tome... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
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There are times when the Louisiana state capitol seems like the world's tallest insane asylum. This week has been one of those times. In fact, there was a surreal Senatorial discussion about, uh, chicken boxing between NOLA city slicker JP... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
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I know, I know: the cover of Satch Plays Fats is rather rudimentary and nothing special. The album, however, is one of the best things Louis Armstrong ever recorded. I am also currently reading Terry Teachout's splendid biography Pops so... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT