I spend my nights the way most New Yorkers do, embracing my apartment’s quietude, clutching its peacefulness to me the way an emphysematic does their oxygen–the nights are precious because the days are filled with so much noise and shouting and crowded sidewalks and no seat on the subway and people richer than anyone needs to be and those poorer than any nation should allow. You learn a lot of zen, walking around this town. My nightime quietude is also fragile; it’s nothing more than a decision reversible at any time, which renders it lovelier. There’s loads I could be doing out at night, in the Naked City. My apartment is on the 16th floor, and sometimes the night skyline beckons brightly. Sometimes I remember Updike’s quote about New York being the only city which, even when you’re in it, glitters at a distance. Sometimes I grab my coat and go out to see the creative, the fabulous, the city’s blind rush towards the future and (far more interesting to me) its reflection on the past. Continue reading
Alan Ladd, Bette Davis, Fredric March, Golden Age Hollywood, Hollywood sex symbols, Joan Crawford, Marlon Brando, Noir, Paramount Pictures, Preston Sturges, Sullivan's Travels, The Blue Dahlia, This Gun for Hire, Veronica Lake
Veronica Lake was in my living room yesterday morning, poised and bored, with the lissome form of a young dancer and the dead eyes of. . .well, the eyes of someone who’s seen her future.
Which, if you’re Veronica Lake, wouldn’t be a cheery vision.
Later the sultriest sex symbol of early 40s Hollywood, Constance Ockelman was kicked out of a Catholic Girl’s School for rebellious behavior (which seems to me indicative of both intelligence and possession of a spine). Continue reading
. . .sidling shyly in the doorway, pausing to pretend to admire the decor. When really I’m just vetting out the room, getting a handle on the dress code, the temperature, taking a measure of the ol’ joie-de-vivre. In short, this is my first time here. And I’m not sure what to say, other than that you look fabulous (love the hair)–and most of all that Continue reading