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The Writer who Got Away with Mordor

J.R.R. Tolkien (January 3, 1892 – September 2, 1973) It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since the first “Lord of the Rings” film was released to cinemas the world over. This concept came from the mind of … Continue reading

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The Day “Death in Venice” was Conceived

Tadzio Glimpsed on the Venice Beach (May 26, 1911) I could have entitled this: “A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Mann” but that would have been too clever by half. Since I’ve written about Wladyslaw Moes, already, I … Continue reading

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The Real Tadzio from “Death in Venice”

Wladyslaw Moes (November 17, 1900 – December 17, 1986) I’m not sure why I’ve gone here, but, as a writer, I’m aware of how real, live individuals can help create a character in a book or play. Thomas Mann (June … Continue reading

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And So Say All of Us: For He’s a…

Julian Fellowes (August 17, 1949) Oh, the hidden depths of this man. Julian Fellowes first came to my attention as an actor during the BBC TV series “Monarch of the Glen” (2000-2005). I didn’t know he was a writer, too, … Continue reading

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Spam, Spam, Spam and Spam

The quote from Monty Python’s “And Now For Something Completely Different” is so apt these days, even here on WordPress. On a good day, I might get one or two totally unconnected comments (as in, unconnected to the subject mater … Continue reading

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He Hated Writing Books, So He Stopped

Len Deighton (February 18, 1929) I’m coming to the end of XPD, so I thought I should look at Len Deighton, StarLogically. As you might expect, no one knows what time he was born, nor has any astrology site tackled … Continue reading

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J.C. Scolder and Sgt. W.W. Watson: Qui est Corrompu?*

A Pawn Piece (1978 play): Act II (Page 9) (This time the curtain opens on a slightly different area of the forest. There’s a sign in the middle of the stage: it can be hanging on a tree, or just … Continue reading

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L.M.N. Tree and May Paul: Our Ancestors?

A Pawn Piece (1978 play): Act III (Page 16) (The curtain comes up on yet another area of the forest. Two characters, PAUL and TREE, are engaged in an animated conversation. PAUL is wearing a full-blown green dress, with dark … Continue reading

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When the Americans Liberated Nazi Gold in WWII

XPD by Len Deighton (1981) I’ve been of fan of Len Deighton’s books ever since he first wrote about Harry Palmer in “The Ipcress File”. This new book was never in my paperback library until I was gifted it last … Continue reading

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I was Joking about the LSD…

Stan Lee (December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018) My daughter, Rosanna, reminded me that Stan Lee died in 2018. One must never speak ill of the dead. I’d originally randomized his chart to the time of 1:18 pm. Then … Continue reading

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