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“How sad and bad and mad it was – but then, how it was sweet”*…


Gracing the pop charts in January, 1967

The first Superbowl, January 1967

A best-selling board game, January, 1967


In theaters, January 1967

A briskly selling novelization, based on a hit TV show, January 1967

Much, much more at Pop ’67!– “meanwhile, 50 years ago…”

* Robert Browning


As we watch what goes around come around, we might send sharply-observed birthday greetings to Edith Wharton (nee Edith Newbold Jones); she was born on this date in 1862.  A novelist, short story writer, and designer, she combined an insider’s view of America’s privileged classes with a brilliant, natural wit to become a pre-eminent novelist of manners, writing humorous, incisive novels (and short stories) rich in social and psychological insight… and criticism of the upper class society into which she was born.

Wharton was friend and confidante to many gifted intellectuals of her time: Henry James, Sinclair Lewis, Jean Cocteau and André Gide were all her guests at one time or another. Theodore Roosevelt, Bernard Berenson, and Kenneth Clark were valued friends as well. Her meeting with F. Scott Fitzgerald was described by the editors of her letters as “one of the better known failed encounters in the American literary annals.” (Nervous at being in Wharton’s presence, Fitzgerald embarrassed himself by telling her a long story of how he & Zelda had spent a night in a bordello, thinking it was a hotel.)

Wharton won the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for literature for her novel The Age of Innocence, making her the first woman to be so honored.



Written by LW

January 24, 2017 at 1:01 am

“Life seemed nearest to acceptable at four a.m…”*


Passages from pop songs, clips from movies and TV Shows, literary lifts, and real-life reminiscences:  The Museum Of Four O’Clock In The Morning.

* Wally Lamb


As we search for our slippers, we might recall that it was on this date in 1985 that the Miami Vice soundtrack, a mix of work by the show’s composer Jan Hammer and other artists’ songs used in the series, hit number one on the album chart, the “Billboard 200”– a position it held for 11 weeks.  Travel down memory lane: hear samples of each cut here.




Written by LW

November 2, 2013 at 1:01 am

The Annals of Taxonomy: Getting into Alignment…

The Alice in Wonderland Alignment Chart

From Geekosystem, “The Ten Greatest Alignment Charts of All Time“:

… we can tell you definitively that alignment charts seem to be blowing up all over the place lately… For those not familiar with them, alignment charts draw from classic Dungeons and Dragons, breaking characters down by two axes: Law-Chaos (lawful, neutral and chaotic) and Good-Evil (good, evil, and neutral).  An alignment chart in meme terms, then, is a 3×3 grid comprised of nine characters from a given movie, game, or other pop culture happening.

Like this:

The Presidential Alignment Chart

See them all– from The Big Lebowski and The Office to Technology Pioneers and Dr. Who—  here.

As we consider our own places in the scheme of things, we might recall that it was on this date in 1907 that Pike Place Market, the longest continuously-running public farmers market in the US, opened in Seattle.  It currently serves roughly 10 million visitors per year.

Pike Place Market

One can’t be too clear…

Dan Meth, an animator, producer and director at Frederator,  has begun a project of epic scope and deep importance:  he has created the first two in a series of Pop Cultural Charts, each cleanly delineating critically-important aspects of popular phenomena.

The first is a depiction of the relative merits of each constituent in a series of renown trilogies:

For a look at the orientation of living room to kitchen in 21 famous sit-coms, click here.

As we marvel at the march of metrics, we might spare a thought for Nathaniel Hawthorne’s poignant study of a different kind of graphic; THE SCARLET LETTER was published on this date in 1850.

Title page of the first edition

Written by LW

March 16, 2009 at 1:01 am

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