My heart kind of swelled after reading this. The writing was excellent and even moreso, the complicated sense of humanity and compassion contained within this piece.
I'm also loving the direction the 'pin has taken this week - so solid with its longer-form pieces, interviews, and comics.
@TheDragon Sadly agreed.
@SarahP She looked so beautiful - that dress is amazing.
On Frances Ha
@Regina Phalange Same - I feel I should like her, I just can't bring myself to. I don't want to dislike her, but oh god, Damsels in Distress had me ripping my hair out. :(
Please tell me this is in Ridgewood (assuming somewhere nearby since Maspeth isn't too far!). Queens is the best. Also, this was wonderful!!!
There's a Greek diner near the Fresh Pond Road M train called Delight Diner (they even have a twitter! https://twitter.com/DelightDonuts) and a delightful array of older Greek men (brothers, so they say) work there. My favorite Greek brother waves to me every. single. morning. on my way to the subway. Despite going there a lot for breakfast or late night donuts, I've only stopped in 6-8 times while he's working the early morning shift (since I'm usually hustling out of bed at the last second). His gigantic waves and "hellos" are the best and make me never want to leave the neighborhood - or, if I ever move, I'd owe it to the neighborhood spots I frequent to say my goodbyes.
It's never too late to gush about Babs, is it?
At the film archive I work at, every male co-worker worth his salt just melts for Stanwyck. I recently viewed a 35mm print of Frank Capra's smoldering, opulent pre-code film "The Bitter Tea of General Yen" from 1933 (which Fassbinder references in "The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant) and despite having seen many Stanwyck films, this burrowed its way straight to my soul. It seems people try to qualify Stanwyck, they are quick to explain that her sharp wits, intelligence, or acting make up for her unusual looks. Babs has always seemed much more substantive to me than Hollywood bombshells and the more obvious "lookers". I might hold her on the same level of Jean Arthur (though, admittedly different!). I highly recommend "Bitter Tea" ... it will leave you reeling with its sumptuous atmosphere (think Hou Hsiao-hsien's "The Flowers of Shanghai" in 1933, by Frank Capra of all people).
Despite Robert Taylor being a bit of a cad, he is in one of the greatest William Wellman films ever made, "Westward the Women." Dear lord, AHP tell me you've seen this film!! Robert Taylor handsomely herds over 100 women out to the Wild West, treats them with a beautiful amount of respect, and helps them become independent rassley cowboys over their trip. Words do not do it justice!
@RoyRodgersMcFreely This is a beautiful comment. Thank you!
@atipofthehat !!! the return of the hat!