Tuesday, November 30

10E2675: Giving Tuesday: Friends of the Acton Libraries

 


Giving Tuesday.  Money or time??  My sidegig is volunteering as a board member [don't be coy - President! -ed.] for the Friends of the Acton Libraries. They have a unique remit among 'friends' groups in that they are dedicated to the support of the towns school and public libraries. That is 10 in all....

Starting now (8:00:00am EST US) on this “GivingTuesday” Meta/Facebook will match your donation amount through their fundraising tool. This uses Paypal for your convenience. Click here to use that PayPal slush fund if you feel inspired... All donors will get a READ sicker by mail for the back of your Subaru...


Reading, writing, and digital literacy skills are essential to children's success in school and beyond. In 2021 we were able to write checks for over $12,000 to local libraries. Please join me in keeping every library a valuable resource. Feel free to email or DM me directly with questions - and thank you! 
 

 
 

Thursday, November 18

10E2674: 3 Days of the Condor - repost - The Uniform






A great advertisement for reading... 















“He wore one outfit through the whole picture!” says Sydney Pollack (director), when asked about Robert Redford’s wardrobe in Condor. It may look like a simple getup, but Pollack’s brother, Bernie, a wardrober, says they created the ensemble with care to define Redford’s character, a deskbound CIA researcher in unaccustomed peril. “We wanted an intellectual East Coast thing,” Bernie says. “Some sort of jacket, a chambray shirt with a wool tie—not a silk tie but a wool tie, which gave him a bit of a rougher, kind of college-professor look.” -via GQ

Just a great movie... plot: a reader for the CIA misses getting whacked, as out picking up the office lunch. Goes on the run. Uses all the tools he has learned to outwit the hired guns

"I am not a spy. I just read books! We read everything that's published in the world. And we feed the plots - dirty tricks, codes - into a computer, and the computer checks against actual CIA plans and operations. I look for leaks, I look for new ideas... We read adventures and novels and journals."


Versatile outfit too; herringbone tweed jacket, sawtooth chambray shirt, wool tie, hiking boots, jeans then peacoat. Faye Dunaway, a Landcruiser, an IH Scout, 1st Gen Ford Bronco, a Brady bag (guessing) and a Doxa Sharkhunter round out the accessories.. 

 

See also in praise of wool ties... 

Thursday, August 5

10E2673: RIP Mayflower Poultry Co. (Inman-ish location)

 

For the Boston transplants... via  EATER

"In East Cambridge, not far from Inman Square, there is no sign more iconic than that of poultry and meat market and wholesaler Mayflower Poultry. For over 75 years, the sign has aggressively advertised the shop’s “live poultry” that is “fresh killed” with bold black letters (in several different fonts) over a bright yellow silhouette of a chicken. (Live poultry hasn’t actually been processed onsite in many years, but the sign has lived on, delighting some and angering others.)

The sign’s time has come. Mayflower Poultry is moving on from its longtime home — the property at 621 Cambridge St. has been sold, and the sign is going up for auction August 26, owner Jim Gould told the Cambridge Chronicle-Tab. Its design, trademarked since 2005, will be included in the sale..."

Thursday, July 29

10E2672: Prince Of Muck

 

"Retired patriarch Lawrence MacEwen is beginning to live out his final days. As Laird of the Isle of Muck [a small island south of the Isle of Skye off the west coast of Scotland - ed.] it has been his mission in life to preserve the fragile society on the Scottish island for future generations. It seems to have worked…but at what cost?"

 

Prince of Muck debuts at the Edinburgh Film Festival in a few weeks.  Tickets. "Dutch filmmaker Cindy Jansen captures a uniquely cinematic portrait of a place and a person haunted by the past and struggling to maintain their relevance for the future."  View trailer.


Monday, June 28

10E2671: 1977 Spielberg CEOT3K Interview

Neat interview with Steven Spielberg during filming on Close Encounters of the Third Kind about why gu'b'ment didn't care to discuss them (fear of confusion over ICBM being one aspect).  Close Encounters filmed quickly after Jaws - Spielberg STILL wearing his rope bracelet from JAWS location filming on Martha's Vineyard.  Good look.   WATCH
 
As alluded to in the video, the "third kind" terminology comes from a system of classification codified by astronomer and UFO researcher J. Allen Hynek.  The early CEOT3K posters listed the encounter 'kinds".
 

Monday, June 7

10E2670: Roardrunner | Bourdain

 

"Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain is an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at how an anonymous chef became a world-renowned cultural icon. From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?), this unflinching look at Bourdain reverberates with his presence, in his own voice and in the way he indelibly impacted the world around him."   Trailer here.   To be released in US cinemas on July 16th.

This doc has an almost impossibly high bar to clear but I cant wait...

The food may have just been an excuse to meet the people in the travel shows - but a fantastic one.  If you worked any food service certainly on the East Coast in the 80s/90s his first book Kitchen Confidential should be essential reading.  Highly recommended for everyone else too...  

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