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Christopher Walken on Seven Psychopaths, His Days as a Lion Tamer, and the One Role He's Still Searching For

By Julie Miller at Vanity Fair, September 10, 2012


What kind of character haven't you played that you'd still like to try?

I haven't played a regular guy. You know, a dad with kids. But I'm not sure I'll ever get that part.

A Libertarian House on the Prairie

By Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, August 17, 2012

[....] [Laura Ingalls] Wilder’s books were written in collaboration with her only child, Rose Wilder Lane, a best-selling author in her own right. The extent of that collaboration is disputed—some critics have called Rose Laura’s “ghostwriter.” The evidence suggests that, at the least, Lane edited and shaped the manuscripts considerably, and thought of her mother as an amateur [....]

News of the long slow lingering death of NYC's Democratic machine

Just a news compilation thread for my own reference, perhaps to update from time to time

First news item:

Councilman, Convicted of Fraud, Vacates Seat
By Benjamin Weiser, New York Times, July 26/27, 2012

It appears that the TPMCafe site has been taken down from the web?

Trying to go to its url ( now automatically redirects you to the the Talking Points Memo home page (

Did anyone notice a public announcement that this was going to happen? Just curious.

Three Scenes Inspired By The Gingrich Campaign

By Calvin Trillin for "Shouts and Murmurs" in the February 27 issue of The New Yorker

Trillin's three scenes are great fun, but I'm really posting this because I adore the illustration for the article and don't know where else to put it:

Mitt's image morphing?

Warning: superficial post!

I've commented in the past that as a personality, Mitt reminded me a lot of the Arrow Shirt Guy of advertising days of yore. Who was just a cypher of all-American clean-cut tall healthy white maleness and quiet strength.

But watching his speech tonight when he was in a jovial mood, I began to see much more of this guy, especially in the facial expressions:

Alastair Cooke explains LBJ to the UK, Nov. 25, 1963,

in "The 36th President," published in The Guardian.

Alastair Cooke was The Guardian's "America correspondent" at the time of the assassination. It's amazing to me how much he knew and understood about LBJ's politics at the time, and how he could express it in such a short piece.

Don't miss the graph where he says:

"A Jewish Writer in America" by Saul Bellow

The following, the second part of a two-part series, is excerpted from a talk originally given by Saul Bellow in 1988 and now published here for the first time. A footnote has been added by the editors.

located @

New York Review of Books for the November 10, 2011 issue.



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