What were the REAL dreams and secret life of Walter Mitty?


Thomas E. Allen / 'Doctor of choice' was leader of social, artistic causes

Dr. Thomas E. Allen

Thomas E. Allen, a towering figure, locally and nationally, in the medical field of women's health and reproductive rights, died Saturday at his Oakland home. He was 93.



[Publication set by Alfred A. Knopf for August 16, 2012]

In “Stella Adler on the Europeans” [Vol. I, Alfred A. Knopf 1999], the most enduring, influential acting teacher of the 20th century illuminated the plays and performance techniques of Ibsen, Strindberg and Chekhov.

In “Stella Adler on America's Master Playwrights” [Vol. II], her penetrating gaze and powerful voice are focused on the great plays and playwrights of her own country---nearly all of whom she knew, loved and worked with personally.

'Godard at 70': A biography for people in love with thinking

French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard


"Godard: A Portrait Of The Artist At Seventy." By Colin MacCabe. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 456 pages.

Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover: Jean-Luc Godard, a cigarette implanted between his lips, reaches out to direct us through the enlarged "O" of his surname, for three-dimensional effect. It's an elegant trompe-l'oeil design for an elegant biography by Colin MacCabe.

`The Three Stooges': eternally sophomoronic message and medium

`The Three Stooges': eternally sophomoronic message and medium

The cyclical nature of Stooge-mania is not unlike that associated with biblical plagues, locust invasions and the reliable return of Halley's comet.

They were Healy's comets, originally. But were they the greatest film comedy team? The Marx Brothers, Laurel & Hardy, and Abbott & Costello would beg to differ. Yet for legions of sophomoric and sophomoronic fans, the ultimate wits -- dim or half -- will ever be Moe, Larry and Curly.

A Bright, Tight Night with Christopher Hitchens

A Bright, Tight Night with Christopher Hitchens

I spent a long wonderful boozy evening with the Hitchman in February 1997 at the Shadyside apartment of a mutually beloved literata-friend, when he was guest teaching for a semester at the University of Pittsburgh. The three of us consumed two bottles of Stolichnaya, assorted wines, a substance that shall remain nameless, and perhaps a half-carton of cigarettes. Thus, the details are both literally and figuratively hazy. But certain moments remain crystal clear.

Beforehand, when she invited me, the very beautiful and brainy hostess said the Contrarian-in-Chief wanted to meet me because he was a big fan of my "Louise Brooks" biography. So I brought him a copy of my new one, "Garbo," inscribed with a caricature of Garbo, dressed as Rambo, saying: "I vant to be Stallone."

Inside Deep Throat

Monday May 16, 2011

For some mysterious cyber-reason, Barry Paris’ infamous review of “Inside Deep Throat” is making a victory lap around the Internet these days, popping up even on the first-tier Google search via a “” blog entry in 2005. Here, by unpopular demand, is a reprise of both the review & blog:

'Inside Deep Throat': Documentary revisits Lovelace's 'porn chic'

[Reprised from March 11, 2005]

By Barry Paris, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Linda Lovelace is remembered for one particularly literal gag order.

Gem of an actress had a passion for jewelry

Elizabeth Taylor wears the Peregrina pearl

Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn, the two greatest film star-humanitarians in Hollywood history, were deep believers in each other's causes (AIDS and UNICEF) and hugely fond of one another -- while not sharing quite the same taste or passion for jewels. At a famous Oscar party, after their very warm embrace, the prim, unostentatious Ms. Hepburn pointed to the extraordinary gem adorning Ms. Taylor's extraordinary bosom and inquired, "Kenny Lane?"

"No," said Ms. Taylor, "Richard Burton!"

Historically, presidential assassins haven't been long for this world

From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, presidential assassins and co-conspirators have had a short shelf life after their dastardly deeds. A certain rush to judgment -- human and/or divine -- is evident in the fates of:


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