By Alan Bisbort - As Ward Cleaver always said, “Boys, you never get a second chance to make a first impression”. “All right, Curly, enough’s enough. You can’t eat the Venetian blinds. I just had them installed on Wednesday.” Jack Nicholson, as the private eye Jake Gittes, says this to open Chinatown (1974), arguably the finest film noir film of them all.
by Alan Bisbort - 1. Phil Ochs: The fact that this wholly original singer-songwriter—and contemporary of Dylan—was accused of being a “new Dylan” may have been what, in addition to despair over politics, drove him to suicide. He could never shake that shadow.
By Alan Bisbort - LEE HARVEY OSWALD - "There ain’t nobody gonna shoot me." The suspected assassin of John Kennedy said this to Detective James Leavelle, to whom he was handcuffed as he was led out of a Dallas police station. Moments later, Jack Ruby proved him wrong.
By Alan Bisbort - 1. On the Yard by Malcolm Braly: Arguably the best American novel written about prison life (if not for Braly’s other novels Felony Tank and Shake Him Till He Rattles). Think of it as King Rat, set in San Quentin State Prison.
1. THE EXORCIST (1974) The Devil Possesses Young Girl [Based on the great novel by William Peter Blatty.] 2. SALEM’S LOT—Miniseries (2004) Town Gets Taken Over By Vampires [Based on the great Stephen King novel.]