Monday, December 28, 2009

Tonight on PBS: Louisa May Alcott Was Cool

Louisa May Alcott led a scandalous life for a young woman in 19th-century Massachusetts. It's all in the movie based on the book about her life Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind 'Little Women". She was a great rag to riches story and wrote a bunch of pulp fiction novels under the pseudonym A.M. Barnard! And you thought it was all tea parties and geography lessons. I absolutely loved her books. I read Little Women, Little Men, and Jo's Boys back to back, then went digging in the library for Eight Cousins but didn't like that one as much. Tomboyish Jo was my favorite character, as I was still climbing trees and catching frogs when I started reading her books.

I won't be home tonight to watch it at 9pm, but hopefully I'll catch it another time. Here's a great clip:

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Elvis Was A Perv

Jezebel has a great article today about the book "Baby, Let's Play House: Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him" by Alanna Nash. We knew Elvis was a character, but in Nash's book, it just gets weirder:

"To hear the author's theory, Elvis was both fueled by the loss of his twin at birth (the need to find the missing piece, you see), an obsession with his mother (and yes, he did have a definite physical type), and a need to play Pygmalion and father to very young girls, whom he delighted in making over. A late-blooming "Mama's boy," young Elvis was a flop with girls and super-religious. Later, his qualms about pre-marital sex were assuaged, and he developed a reputation as a ladies' man, boasting hundreds of one-night stands with small-town girls and Hollywood stars. Some say he made them feel special, others that he was a lousy lover. Nash, meanwhile, states that he was just a bundle of hang-ups, who because of a fear of STDs wouldn't actually go "inside" women, never undressed, and was more into watching elaborate tableaux, often involving feet."

The author is supposedly a crackpot, but it certainly is entertaining.

photo via Barnes and Noble

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Another Great Jackson 5 Video

A video of the Jackson 5 performing Never Can Say Goodbye on the Flip Wilson Show. The quality isn't great but they do interesting things with the song, their dance moves are great, and that just tugs at the heart strings. [Video after the jump]

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Repeat (1): Can You Feel It by The Jacksons

The Boy and I were watching videos of the Jackson 5 and we came across this video which is so completely ridiculous. And people wonder why Michael had grandiose plans. great video after the jump:

Cheesy graphic insanity. Love it.
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Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Very Not Retro Look Back

My good friend Jon over at You Must Learn found this great video about what 9 year-olds thinks about the last 10 years of culture and current events [video after the jump].

The decade according to 9-year-olds from allison louie-garcia on Vimeo.

These kids are adorable, smart, and damn lucky they never had to deal with dial up [using the house phone and the Internet at the same time because your family's cool enough to have 2 phone lines? I remember never wanting to leave the computer room]
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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Thursday Thirteen: 13 Classic Christmas Songs

I've been under exams and papers. I'm nowhere near done but I did want to post, seeing as how I've put up next to nothing this month.

I stumbled across Thursday 13 a meme where every Thursday you make a list. Sounds simple enough.

Even finals aren't enough to kill my spirit, and for my first Thursday 13, I'd celebrating 13 classic Christmas songs.

1. Christmas Time All Over the World, Sammy Davis, Jr.

2. Santa Baby, Eartha Kitt, 1954

3. Christmas Island, The Andrews Sisters, 1946

4. Christmas in Hollis, Run DMC

5. Santa Claus is Coming Town, Jackson 5

6. Greensleeves, Vince Guaraldi

7. Little Drummer Boy/Silent Night, Jimi Hendrix

8. You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch, Thurl Ravenscroft

9. Jingle Bells, Count Basie

10. Merry Christmas, Baby, Chuck Berry

11. Silent Night, The Temptations

12. Baby, It's Cold Outside, Dean Martin

[not exactly Christmas, but a snuggly winter feel anyway]

13. Domenick the Donkey, Lou Monte

Enjoy the season! I have to write a paper on early 20th century American novels...

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Barbie's Mod Makeover

I was never a fan of Barbie, but this guy's take on the doll just might make me a fan.
Flickr user Bouffant Headbutt has a legion of dolls in the grooviest vintage outfits and hairstyles. Love them!
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Marilyn Monroe Smoking "Reefer"

Today, a collector put up $275,000 for a reel gem: a silent video of Marilyn Monroe smoking marijuana. Read the full story here.
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