- Julian Assange, 39, the Australian hacker and WikiLeaks guru behind the State Dept. leaks is now most-wanted. His is a fascinating case. Is he a real life version of Lisbeth Salander, an anarchist out to bring down worldwide corruption, or the face of a conspiracy? They say his next target is a big bank, maybe B of A, then China & Russia.
- Fugitive actor Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi, are not as interesting or newsworthy, but the couple – “hotly pursued” by Hollywood Star Whackers – has just given exclusives to both Vanity Fair and Esquire.
What’s wrong with this picture? Sun Chips brought out a biodegradable bag which was deemed “too noisy” for American consumers. Yet Canadians have accepted the high-decibel bags without a problem. Don’t people realize there are Texas-size floats of plastic refuse in both the Atlantic and Pacific that will take 500-years to degrade?
I’m fascinated, but often disturbed by true eccentrics. But in most cases give me Technicolor & widescreen, meat dresses & Philip Treacy hats! Kooky heiresses of decades past, the Peggy Guggenheims & Nancy Cunards & Doris Dukes, & our wildly nutty Hollywood gangster, bloody Mickey Cohen, provoked and titillated. I was shocked by artist Chris Burden, now a staid professional making prominent installations from vintage street lights, when he was shot in the name of art years ago. Beastly momma grizzly, Sarah Palin, is an arch provocateur who constantly shocks and frightens me.
I love the new TCM documentary, Moguls & Movie Stars. The first installment of seven, Peepshow Pioneers, illuminated that the forerunners to motion pictures, called magic-lantern shows, dated back to the late 1600s and detailed the earliest days of “modern” film making.
I have just read an excellent and compelling book, The Deeds of My Fathers. A family memoir written by a grandson, the first part is about a poor and ruthless immigrant boy, Generoso Pope, who became a business titan and major political power in the 1920s until his death in 1950 — while befriended by mob boss Frank Costello and supporting Mussolini. The second part focuses on his son, Gene Pope, Jr. Originally financed by Costello, he created the National Enquirer. As Frank Costello was also a mentor of Hollywood gangster Mickey Cohen, about whom I have just completed a forthcoming book, MICKEY COHEN:The Life and Crimes of L.A.s Notorious Mobster, the story I tell and this are broadly interlinked.
Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell is a witch–or isn’t she? The better question: Is she qualified to hold high public office? Meanwhile, in Ohio, Congressional candidate Rich Iott enjoys dressing up as a member of the 5th SS Wiking Panzer Division, an elite Nazi unit during World War II. We haven’t seen this many lunatics out for public office since the gubernatorial recall election in California in 2003, or brash and brazen Sarah Palin, now a figure of wealth and importance, for VP. Constituents, the circus may be back in town, but these Tea Party candidates are well funded contenders for major offices!
Karl Rove is back orchestrating Republican fundraising. He reputedly raised a quarter billion from unnamed lobbyists and fat cats (due to a recent Supreme court ruling – loophole – secret political contributions are now possible) to fund ads in the critical last weeks before elections. And what about the chutzpah of Clarence Thomas’ Tea Party activist wife, Virginia, calling Anita Hill for an apology!