Friday, November 21, 2014
Thursday, November 20, 2014
This early environmental cartoon, from November 20, 1926 features Mother Earth with a Louise Brooks' bob!
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Nina Mae McKinney
Lya de Putti
Anna May Wong
Mary Nolan (Bubbles)
Roszicka and Jancsika Dolly
Louise Brooks (Lulu)
It is pretty cool looking. For more illustrations and more, check out the Kickstarter campaign page at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/947849256/illuminating-the-stars-coloring-book-volume-1
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014
Louise Brooks was born on this day in 1906. Happy birthday Louise!
Here is a mini biography from Who's Who in Hollywood 1900 - 1976, by David Ragan. It's a bulky, 860 page encyclopedia style work with zillions of entries on just about everyone. As a reference work, its nice to have around - though it has been superseded by the internet and other contemporary reference works. The entry on Louise Brooks (written while she was still alive) is especially curious - it is respectful, but riddled with errors.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Set in San Francisco in the early 1970's, the story involves a young married couple whose bodies are taken over by two long-dead silent film stars. The story moves forward as the couple comes to terms with the ghosts/personalities who have taken them over. Eventually, the couple makes their way to Hollywood, where they encounter a very different film industry and individuals from their long ago past. Throughout, various silent films and actors are referenced.
Brownlow mentioned the book to me while we were talking about literary homages and allusions to Louise Brooks. The actress does not make an appearance in this book, nor is she mentioned. Nevertheless, I would suggest that the books' main character - a blonde named Marion Marsh - brings Brooks' map cap spirit to mind.
Has anyone else read this novel?
[ Finney wrote a number of other nostalgic novels involving "time travel," such as Time and Again, as well as The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. He lived just north of San Francisco, and a few months ago I had the pleasure of meeting his daughter. We talked about Marion's Wall.]