"2. Airman Thompson
possesses outstanding talent in writing. He has imagination, good use of English, and can express his thoughts in a manner that makes interesting reading
3. However, in spite of frequent counseling with explanation of the reasons for the conservative policy on an AF base newspaper, Airman Thompson has consistently written controversial material and leans so strongly to critical editorializing that it was necessary to require that all his writing be thoroughly edited before release." - A memo regarding Airman Second-Class Hunter S. Thompson's reporting for the base newspaper. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Oct 13, 2012 -
Ambrose Bierce's "An Occurrance at Owl Creek Bridge"
is considered "one of the most widely read, widely anthologized, widely taught, and widely admired short stories in all of American literature.
" As well as TVTropes' earliest example of [SPOILER]
a Dying Dream
. An Oscar and Cannes award winning short film was made from the story, "La Rivière du hibou"
that was aired on American TV as an episode of "The Twilight Zone" (part one
). Since then, it has been read by 'Front Porch Al' on the CBC's "As It Happens"
, and been the basis of umpteen other short films
. Recently, the original film was 'mashed up' with Jethro Tull's "Thick as a Brick"
, and now the story has gotten the full Music Video treatment, for the (not really related) song "Unlovable" by Babybird
, directed by Johnny Depp. [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop
on Apr 21, 2010 -
Johnny Depp reads
letters he received from Hunter S. Thompson while filming "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."
posted by WhoseVoice
on Apr 13, 2010 -
(NSFW) would frown on the idea of Valentine's Day and devoting yourself to your one true love; they were all about fun, all the time. Think free love
as current practitioners would call it) is a product of the swingin' 70s? No way. The libertine
philosophy has been around since at least the 17th century. Notable practitioners include John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester
, who wrote some juicy poetry
on the topic; Choderlos de Laclos
of Les Liaisons dangereuses
fame; the Marquis de Sade
; the fictional Don Juan
; and the poster boy for libertinism, Charles II of England
. In fact Rochester once had to flee court for making fun
of Charles's appetites (though Rochester was no angel himself).
Fast forward to the current day, when Johnny Depp is starring in a new movie, "The Libertine
," in which he portrays Rochester to some critical acclaim. Is Rochester simply a sad, sorry sort who justified a lifestyle that some see as immoral, and got his just deserts when he died of syphilis? Or was he caught up in a way of life that he alternately enjoyed and despised, finding that
"Old age and Experience, hand in hand / Lead him to Death, and make him understand, / After a Search so painful and so long, / That all his Life he has been in the wrong."
Maybe there's something to be said for abstinence
, after all.
posted by MiHail
on Feb 14, 2005 -
"Johnny [Depp] has a series of seven or eight scars on his left forearm where he has cut himself with a knife on different occasions to commemorate various moments or rights of passage in his life ... 'It was really just whatever [times when he hurt himself]--good times, bad times, it didn't matter. There was no ceremony. It wasn't like "Okay, this just happened, I have to go hack a piece of my flesh off"' ... 'My body is a journal in a way.'" On this website are accounts self-afflicted injuries from Fiona Apple, Richey Edwards, Christina Ricci and more.
posted by moz
on Apr 10, 2002 -