Tarot in Nightmare Alley by K A Laity

  When I showed Nightmare Alley to the students in my noir film course, one came up at the end to complain that the tarot readings were way off. I agreed and encouraged him to pick up Gresham’s novel. I assured him that the author cared a lot more about the tarot than Hollywood (e.g….

Tchao Pantin (So Long, Stooge) by Jim Shaffer

Lambert drinks. He works the night shift as a pompiste at a 24/7 petrol station in a quartier called Belleville in the northeast of Paris. Ensconced in the petrol station’s tiny office, Lambert sits alone and drinks. On his way home from work in the morning, he stops by a bar and drinks. Arriving home,…

HOME ALONE BY PAUL D. BRAZILL

A guilty pleasure is an oxymoron, of course, since no true pleasure should make you feel guilty, but we all have enough skeletons in our closet to make a palaeontologist envious. And I’m rattling mine now. Make no bones about it – bones/skeletons, see what I did then?- the first two Home Alone films are…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: K A LAITY

MUSIC A John Waters Xmas Los Straightjackets Complete Xmas Songbook Squirrel Nut Zippers Xmas Caravan Rockin’ Little Xmas (a GREAT compilation) To Drive the Winter Cold Away – Loreena McKennit Dean Martin Xmas Album Ding Dong – George Harrison Father Christmas – The Kinks December Will Be Magic Again – Kate Bush And of course:…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: PAUL HEATLEY

SONGS   Strange Religion – Mark Lanegan   Sounds Of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel   Better Than You – Swans   Shook Ones Part II – Mobb Deep   Human Fly – The Cramps   The Days Of Swine And Roses – My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult   Bring Da Ruckus –…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: WOODY HAUT

  Though I’ve tried recently to put consumerist tendencies on hold, it’s been a losing battle, as the length of these lists will attest.  SONGS Mose Allison- Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy Bobby Bland- Rockin’ in the Same Old Boat Gus Cannon- Prison Wall Blues Charlie Christian- Seven Come Eleven Ornette Coleman- Ramblin John Coltrane- Giant Steps…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: CATHI UNSWORTH

SONGS ‘Some Velvet Morning’ Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra, ‘Telstar’ The Tornados, ‘Bedlam’ Gallon Drunk, ‘The Gospel Singer’ Big Sexy Noise, ‘Give It Up’ Lee Dorsey, ‘Let’s Take It To The Stage’ Funkadelic, ‘The Gravedigger Song’ Mark Lanegan Band, ‘The Man With The Golden Arm’ Barry Adamson, ‘Yeh Yeh’ Georgie Fame, ‘Jack The Ripper’ Screaming…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: ELIZABETH YOO

SONGS:   Come Fly With Me by Frank Sinatra Gangster of Love by Johnny Guitar Watson Machine Gun Kelly by Nancy Sinatra Rags To Riches by Tony Bennett Promised Land by Chuck Berry San Francisco Blues by Ramblin’ Jack Elliott Pull My Daisy by David Amram On the Sunny Side of the Street by Dizzy…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: NICK QUANTRILL

This was a regular feature in the New Musical Express back in the ‘80s and I thought I’d revive it. SONGS The Beatles – “Penny Lane” The Undertones – “Teenage Kicks” Buddy Holly – “That’ll Be The Day” TELEVISON The Wire Billions Only Fools and Horses BOOKS John Steinbeck – “The Grapes of Wrath” Cathi…