Now on DVD: They Live by Night

by Peter Schilling Director Nicholas Ray’s first film (from 1948) has been called the most auspicious debut in American movies since Citizen Kane. Based on the dynamite Depression-era gangster novel Thieves Like Us, They Live by Night begins with the daring prison break of three men: a 23-year-old killer named Bowie and the aged, hardened […]

Cleaning Up the Act

I feel like the guy sweeping up after the elephants. Only I’m also the elephant. My lovely bride and I are enjoying a little beach time with family in sweltering, blustery Florida this week: Captiva Island — where, before you start building, a quarter acre of limestone gravel with no view of either the Gulf […]

Tracy Reese Report

File this under drivel: I just got back from a long weekend in NYC, where I spent most of my time fanning the flames of my other life (theater critic/writer). But I made time for a stop at the Tracy Reese store, and even scored a delightful summer frock for a mere thirty-eight dollars! Also, […]

A Small Defense of Keith Ellison

What is being handed over in this illustration is the fasces, the Roman symbol of power. Look up “fascist” in the dictionary, if you wonder where the word came from. I was on vacation two weeks ago and so missed most of the tempest in a teapot blown up by Keith Ellison’s conflation of Bush’s […]

You Can Always Stay in with a DVD or a Book

FILM – DVD RELEASE by Peter Schilling Jr. They Live By Night Director Nicholas Ray’s first film (from 1948) has been called the most auspicious debut in American movies since Citizen Kane. Based on the dynamite Depression-era gangster novel Thieves Like Us, They Live by Night begins with the daring prison break of three men: […]

Trade Talk Galore!

Okay, much as I hate to plunge into things without being sure it is not a waste of time, the Associated Press is calling the KG trade to Boston a done deal and I’m getting a lot of calls to appear on various media to discuss the trade, so it seems a little silly not […]

Discontent

how i feel, courtesy of Voodoo Donut. I feel like I’ve been offered a jelly donut, only to find a puff of stale air in place of promised jelliness. There in the pages of the glossy Lake Minnetonks Magazine, ran a snippet that proclaimed the existence of a new Good Day Cafe, right in Wayzata! […]

The Latest Installment Of The Good News-Bad News Bears

If this shit keeps up I’m going to initiate a class action lawsuit against the Twins on behalf of all the whiplash victims in Twins Territory. I go away for a week on the heels of a nice little rebound series against the Angels (the Twins had won the first two games when I hit […]

Grocery Getters That Go

There is a term they bounce around the suburbs called “Grocery Getter.” This usually refers to the egregious waste of fuel smallish women (primarily) expend on driving large SUVs to the grocery store. But not all women drive monster trucks to market. Some actually drive sensible vehicles to far better places like the Organic Farmer’s […]

Putting July to Bed

MUSIC Urban Bohemian – Born and Bred “Tell me if you want me to give you all my time. I wanna make it good for you cause you blow my mind.” R&B duo Groove Theory had it going on in the ’90s with hit songs like “Tell Me” and “Baby Luv.” And the voice behind […]