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The Magic Kingdom - in Chicago

The Magic Kingdom - in Chicago

My blog is practically a two-for-one discount.

I'm thinking about about the 1893 Chicago World's Fair through two books.... Erik Larson's Devil in the White City, as well as my adventure rescuing Shepp's World's Fair Photographed.

Devil in the White City itself is "two-for-one;" it's about how the Fair was imagined, constructed, enjoyed, and destroyed.... AND about the psychopathic serial killer Henry Holmes.

Where and when did the world first enjoy Pabst Blue Ribbon?  1893 World's Fair.  How about Cracker Jack?  World's Fair.  That gadget we take for granted keeping our jeans closed...

The Magic Kingdom - in Chicago

The Magic Kingdom - in Chicago

My blog is practically a two-for-one discount.

I'm thinking about about the 1893 Chicago World's Fair through two books.... Erik Larson's Devil in the White City, as well as my adventure rescuing Shepp's World's Fair Photographed.

Devil in the White City itself is "two-for-one;" it's about how the Fair was imagined, constructed, enjoyed, and destroyed.... AND about the psychopathic serial killer Henry Holmes.

Where and when did the world first enjoy Pabst Blue Ribbon?  1893 World's Fair.  How about Cracker Jack?  World's Fair.  That gadget we take for granted keeping our jeans closed...

Movies: "Parker"

Movies: "Parker"

 

January tends toward movie doldrums, as the big studios focus on the upcoming awards for their December releases.  But a couple of B-movie thrillers have livened things up this month:  first “Broken City” and now “Parker.”

 

“Parker” is based on a novel by the late Donald E. Westlake, who wrote under the name Richard Stark to create a series of books about a stone-cold heist artist with a simple code of conduct:  “I don’t steal from people who can’t afford it and I don’t hurt anyone who doesn’t deserve it.”

 

Can this book be rescued?

Can this book be rescued?

I don't know how I went to school 90 miles from Chicago and yet never knew anything about the 1893 Columbian Exposition.  I first learned about it a few years ago watching the PBS specials Make No Little Plans and Chicago: City of the Century

Can this book be rescued?

Can this book be rescued?

I don't know how I went to school 90 miles from Chicago and yet never knew anything about the 1893 Columbian Exposition.  I first learned about it a few years ago watching the PBS specials Make No Little Plans and Chicago: City of the Century

Movies: "Broken City"

Movies: "Broken City"

 

“Broken City” is a nifty political thriller with clever writing, a solid cast and scenes of New York City shot so clearly they seem to pop off the screen.

 

The movie opens with undercover cop Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) standing over the body of the suspect he has just shot.  That incident will cost him his badge.  For the next few years, Billy toils as a private eye, shadowing unfaithful spouses with a camera and returning home to his attractive girlfriend (Natalie Martinez), an actress about to appear in her first indy film role.  (We are soon treated to a sexy scene from that very movie.)

Movies: "Zero Dark Thirty"

Movies: "Zero Dark Thirty"

 

It’s been playing in selected cities for weeks now, but Kathryn Bigelow’s riveting Osama Bin Laden manhunt movie is finally here.  

 

Bigelow and her screenwriter Mark Boal won Oscars for their 2008 Iraq War movie “The Hurt Locker.”  “Zero Dark Thirty” and Boal are up for Oscars this time around, but Bigelow (whose earlier movies include “Near Dark,” “Point Break” and  “Strange Days”) was shut out of the director’s nomination for some strange reason.