Monday, February 25, 2008

Visitor with the storm

Just after the windy winter storm passed its peak yesterday morning, we looked up in the 40' tall tree in our backyard and saw a hawk, who must have been looking for a spot to get out of the wind for awhile. S/he kept an eye on us while we took these shots.
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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Happy VD - Love Bites, don't it?

Love Bites resumes Thursday night, with a night-of Valentine's Day blow-out, and going for three nights. Last week was a ball, so think about coming out to see us!!

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Bellevue as seen in Film Noir

In Where the Sidewalk Ends, Dana Andrews as Sgt. Mark Dixon dares the bad guys to meet him, and they tell him to show up outside of Bellevue Hospital on the east river. Here he paces beneath the street lights with the towering institution over his shoulder. I enjoyed this reference to Bellevue because it gave a visual picture for the William Burroughs biography I am reading. In the late Forties, when this film was made, Burroughs' friends (Corso, Ginsberg, etc.) were frequently in and out of Bellevue for breaches of the peace and drug-induced erratic behaviors. It is still open for psychiatric emergencies. Where the Sidewalk Ends was a fantastic piece of bad-cop Noir directed by Otto Preminger, and features a Benzidrine snorting villain. Those scenes were another interesting link to Burroughs, whose wife also was a heavy user of Benzidrine inhalers. They were a product of Smith, Kline & French Labs, one of GSK's antecedents.
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