“Suburbs are far more sinister places than most city dwellers imagine. Their very blandness forces the imagination into new areas. I mean, one’s got to get up in the morning thinking of a deviant act, merely to make certain of one’s freedom. It needn’t be much; kicking the dog will do.” – J. G. Ballard, interviewed by Thomas Frick
It is easy to spot the Croatian team. They are the white ones.
The ZMan’s Blog is always worth reading, and today is no exception. Avoiding the cliché post about or around Bastaille Day, ZMan digs into the game at the heart of the recent World Cup hoo-haw: football, or as you Yanks call it, “soccer.”Read more …
James Scott Bell Manliness: The Robert Mitchum Way
Woodland Hills, Cal.: Compendium Press, 2016
“A man must defend his home, his wife, his children and his Martini.” — Jackie Gleason
As the direct descendent of one of England’s greatest detectives, I have of course followed with interest the development of the genre, especially the rather more brutal American branch, so different from granddad’s genteel country house affairs.
Death of a Scoundrel(1956)
Written, directed, and produced by Charles Martin
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography by James Wong Howe
Stars: George Sanders, Yvonne De Carlo, Zsa Zsa Gabor, John Hoyt, Tom Conway, Werner Klemperer
“He was the most hated man on earth, but he could have been one of the great men in history. He was a genius.”
David Bouhadana, who somehow manages to be an award-winning sushi chef in New York’s East Village despite being a Florida native of French-Moroccan descent.
“Libertarianism, like most libertarians, is all about someone else paying for their ethnic dining habits. It’s why they are no longer of any use to the Right.”
“What makes America great is, therefore, less about productivity than about population, less about Google and Stanford than about babies and immigrants.”
The last time I was in New York, in the mid-2000s, I heard that there was finally an answer to one of the most puzzling problems of the metropolis: why can’t you find good Mexican food in New York? Read more …
“A very few have thought the problems through to the end and proposed constructive solutions . . . Such men are never popular with their ‘intellectual peers,’ since their very existence is an implied reproach.” – Colin Wilson Read more …