I learned about blow jobs from Charlie Chaplin. (Yes, that Charlie Chaplin). I was about 12 and with my babysitting earnings I bought the book Hollywood Babylon. As a passionate old movie fan, and an adolescent girl with a filthy mind and an even filthier curiosity, a book like Hollywood Babylon was a dream come true. The book dealt with various Tinsel Town scandals, and while I now know that much of the book is just blatantly untrue and much is just based on ... Read More
  According to F. Scott Fitzgerald, “there are no second acts in American lives.”  Clearly, F. didn’t know f—, and he certainly didn’t know 1920s Blues singer and writer, “Sippie” Wallace. Like the more well-known Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey, Sippie Wallace was one of the most popular ladies who sang the Blues  — in an era and genre in which women routinely outsold their male counterparts.  Her ... Read More
Two of my all-time favorite things in the world are old movies and Christmas. So when the two intersect, my heart squeals and jumps up and gives my brain a great big kiss! It’s time to stop watching those Hallmark Channel movies and gather the family ’round the big screen hearth and settle in for some truly delightful holiday movies. 5 Classic Christmas movies you NEED to know By now everyone knows about It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th ... Read More
  "She was a winner, Who became a doggie’s dinner…” — Nick Lowe   Would a dog-loving movie star leave her pooch to starve? Memorialized in Kenneth Anger’s Hollywood Babylon and in the eponymous pop song, Marie Prevost is best-known today as a overly-nasal actress who killed herself without anticipating that her pet dachshund would get hungry after days of not being fed. It’s a memorable Hollywood fairytale: the ... Read More
Everybody, let’s stop with the slut-shaming. Miley's performance at the VMAs is upsetting, but not for the reasons you think. The furor and shock and vitriol strike me as the height of hypocrisy and sexism. Miley Cyrus is still America’s Sweetheart — the REAL America I like Miley Cyrus. There, I said it. I like her irreverence, her in-your-faceness, her lack of B.S and her honesty about what she likes and who she is. Am I happy young ... Read More