The Last Of The Summer Facebook Posts


Something about the poster art for Brazil has long bothered me, and I was finally able to put my finger on it. The face in the poster does not look like the film’s star, Jonathan Pryce. It looks like… Red Buttons:

David Chelsea is reading: Telegraph Avenue
by Michael Chabon


I only dimly remember this late 1960s cartoon, but I think it’s time we brought it back. My favorite detail is that only a single Presidential aide (who looks a lot like Chuck Colson) knows that President Norcross is a superhero, even though that superhero’s name is “Super President”. And what an outstanding logo!


I watched all of INTO THE WOODS thinking Emily Blunt was Natascha McElhone. l watched the first episode of DESIGNATED SURVIVOR thinking Natascha McElhone was Emily Blunt.


Remember when Democrats were happy to borrow Trump’s catchphrase?


A bit early for the season, but I mentioned the William Joyce picture book SANTA CALLS to Ben and Rebecca in passing last night, and they had no memory of it, even though it used to be in heavy rotation as bedtime reading when they were small. I’ve always liked that Joyce’s Santa is a dandyish type with a vest and monocle, while Mrs. Claus is a totally hot trophy wife.


One reason I never became a fine artist is that I read Tom Wolfe’s The Painted Word at 15, and could never take the gallery scene seriously after that. Before the book appeared in print, a lengthy excerpt appeared as the cover story in Harper’s. The cover of that issue and the book use the same idea, but I think the magazine did it better. I suspect the book cover cartoon is by Tom Wolfe.


l can pinpoint the moment when our idea of what our planet looks like changed forever; it is when pictures like the one on the left began appearing in print. The still on the right is typical of how we imagined the Earth in space before satellite photographs were taken. My question is, did anyone accurately depict the Earth’s swirly, cloud-obscured appearance before then?


The Kin-Der-Kids by Lyonel Feininger, 1906. I would have thought that the use of “out of sight” to mean awesome or incredible dated to the 1960s, but apparently not:


They had zero chemistry: