One of the interesting things about moving this newsletter off of Substack is that I’ve been able to go back to using quotes as titles instead of subtitles. I don’t know how much folks pay attention to the quotes. And, in all honesty, the quotes have wildly varied levels of significance. Sometimes I use quotes from someone who passed away in the previous week. Sometimes I use quotes from someone whose birthday passed in the previous week. Sometimes I search quotes that describe a particular emotion or theme that is resonating with me that week. Sometimes I use quotes from a list I keep of quotes I like and pluck more or less at random. I try not to repeat quotes, although over the course of six and a half years, I’m sure I have repeated at least one or two. But I mention this now just to reaffirm the point that often the newsletter title quotes have subtle, hidden significance. If you’re looking for sources, I always include the name of the person who issued the quote at the end of the newsletter.
This week’s quote is from Vincent Price, whose birthday was May 27. It’s not the most elaborate or profound of observations, but lately I’ve been reminding myself that interests are worthwhile and valuable, even if they don’t lead to some concrete product or result. Maybe especially so in that case. Also Vincent Price is great.
Happy long weekend to my fellow Americans. Take some time to pursue something you like. Just because.
Criterion just released an edition of weird noir classic Nightmare Alley, a particular favorite of mine, and Kim Morgan wrote a knockout of an essay about it.
“But if instead the first item on that checklist is: ‘Because I care about the lives of those around me and understand that they have the same right to flourish as I do,’ then we acknowledge that we are not alone on Earth, and that our freedom isn’t any more important than anyone else’s.” Mike Schur and Todd May on what we believe about freedom and our obligations to each other.
- HBO’s Hacks is something of an unusual animal: it weaves exaggerated characters and laugh-out-loud sitcom moments with complicated pathos and heavy underlying themes. I hesitate to even call it a dramedy. But I do recommend it. Jean Smart, obviously, is incredible.
- On the Criterion Channel you can watch The Hot Rock, stylish 1970s comedic heist movie directed by Peter Yates, written by William Goldman and starring Robert Redford’s white v-neck t-shirt. Also features a swingin’ score. I watched this more or less at random, not knowing anything about it, and it was a good time.
Have some fun. Whatever that means to you.
This week’s quote is from Vincent Price.