Sour Wine

One of my favorite films is Carol Reed’s The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965), starring Rex Harrison and Charlton Heston.  It is based on the Irving Stone quasi-biography (of the same name) of sixteenth-century Italian artist, Michelangelo Buonoratti (d. 1564).  While the book is a cradle-to-grave historical novel, the film version is very specific –…

Rain

It has been raining for the better part of the afternoon.  It is supposed to continue for at least another two hours, non-stop. I love rain. It’s soothing.  It’s generally peaceful.  It nourishes the Earth while cleaning it and the air.  And while it can bring and sustain life, in extreme circumstances, it can also…

Ferris’ Wheel

Another aspect of a course on the White City is to show just how “their” world compares to “ours.” If you’ve read Larson’s book, then you should recall how he regularly references that there were nuts and bolts falling off of Ferris’ Wheel. Now you see why that was such a big deal.

Presto

I’m watching a magic video on You Tube, featuring the classic illusion, Sawing a Woman in Half.  It’s not a particularly good attempt at the trick, but what gets me is that despite the fake nature of the illusion itself, this performer has decided to include a cutaway in the middle of the footage that…