Category: POP-ED

Opinions, analysis and sometimes snarky vitriol about all kinds of popular culture, including TV, books, music, modern movies, and the internet.

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Bring Back the Dame!

Check it out! I couldn’t have put it better than E.A. Hanks in her piece in Time Magazine — Enough With the Kooky Ingenues — Bring Back the Dame!

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The thing about hearts that love a lot, they just keep breaking. And this time it’s the ease and energy with which I love a lot of stuff a lot – weird, wonderful stuff...


Mary Astor and Her Dirty Diary

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...

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Sippie Wallace: A Mighty Tight Woman

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...

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STILL Hot For Teacher

My first love is dead. Like millions of girls (and undoubtedly quite a few boys) growing up in the 60s, my first crush was on Russell Johnson, who played Roy Hinkley, known to generations...

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Lily’s Right, It IS Hard Out Here

Lily Allen’s new video for Hard Out Here got me thinking. My first thought was that it’s great when a mainstream female artist draws attention to sexism, misogyny and double standards. My second thought...