Psycho killer ...
Qu'est-ce que c'est?
There was a strange point in my adolescence where a friend and I had an obsession with the Psycho movie series. Series, you ask? Yep, 23 years after the Hitchcock classic came out, a low-budget sequel was released (and then a few more). What kept it interesting was that Anthony Perkins (aka Norman Bates) had stayed on board.
Anthony Perkins was a weird guy. Either that, or he was just really good at playing one. More than being just a perverted, serial-killing momma’s boy, Psycho II introduced us to Bates’ penchant for whole milk. It was a fucked up movie.
But according to John Bear, it was no less misguided than Manuel Muñoz’ What You See in the Dark, a book about the making of Psycho, which Bear reviewed for this week’s Arts section.
R.I.P. Ernest Borgnine
Margaret Wright’s interview with Western writing legend Max Evans a few weeks back got me thinking about actor Ernest Borgnine, recognizable by his wide, gap-toothed smile. Evans was a friend and collaborator with the great director Sam Peckinpah, whose most acclaimed film, 1969’s The Wild Bunch, starred Borgnine as a mean, old-school, whisky-swiggin’ gunslinger. Then, of course, there was Borgnine’s turn as the affable-but-homely, lovelorn butcher in 1955’s Marty—for which Borgnine took home the Best Actor Oscar. A character actor who worked well into his 90’s, Borgnine died today at the age of 95.
The Daily Word in unemployment rate, electronic cigarettes, Spanish winos
Job growth remains stunted.
Albuquerque native Jarrin Solomon will run for Trinidad and Tobago in the Olympics.
Bosque fire reportedly started by an electronic cigarette dropped by a Corrales Youth Conservation Corps member who was in the Bosque looking for ... fires.
Woman killed by hit-and-run at San Mateo and Lomas is the fifth pedestrian killed by traffic in the last week.
David Axelrod likens Mitt Romney to Dick Nixon.
Someone in Florida had the bright idea of making a video about ass shakin’ starring a six-year-old.
Colmbian drug dealer named Fry-Up arrested at his $1.4 million wedding.
If you think Mardi Gras is insane, check out these pictures of raging winos at the San Fermin fest in Pamplona.
Former Raiders defensive end charged with four counts of first-degree murder.
Naked Arizona man who stole a car and created a pile-up was on PCP.
Stonehenge is getting a £27 million makeover.
The Daily Word in Syrian violence, snitches, foie gras
Roughly 140 people killed in Syria yesterday. Nearly 2,000 civilians have been killed in June, alone.
Parts of the Bosque are closed due to high fire risk.
Police say man who drove his car through Kit Carson Park at 4 a.m. was quite drunk.
Atlanta police murder a 92-year-old woman and ask a C.I. to cover for them.
Supreme Court’s health care ruling in minute-to-minute detail.
Video of San Juan inmate attacking prison guard with a toilet-bowl-cleaner shank.
Reflecting on Hunter Thompson’s Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72.
Shanghai’s misogynistic public trans system.
Padlocked tacos and margaritas in condoms on this person’s Etsy account.
An ideal layout for movie theaters.
First line rundown pt. 7
Novel openings, continued
“Aliens suck at music.”
—Year Zero, Rob Reid
“We arrived in an undignified heap of witch and vampire.”
—Shadow of Night, Deborah Harkness
“They were hanging white folks in Louisiana and shooting black folks in Richmond.”
—The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln, Stephen L. Carter
“Lin Daiyu crushes apricot kernels and black sesame seeds in a marble mortar.”
—The Red Chamber, Pauline A. Chen
“It felt like the first morning of spring.”
—The Crowded Grave, Martin Walker
“ ‘Oh mon dieu,’ Cloquet said, when he opened the lodge door and saw me on the floor.”
-Talulla Rising, Glen Duncan
Durang With a Bang
Playwright Christopher Durang's career began with productions at Yale University, starring young classmates of his with names like Meryl Streep and Sigourney Weaver. Forty years later he's established himself as a master of satire, achieving acclaim also as an actor and screenwriter. In honor of the bard, Desert Rose Playhouse (6921 Montgomery NE) is devoting its summer programming to three installations of his work. The first series, Durang-Durang, includes absurdist shorts like the Tennessee Williams spoof "For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls," and runs through July 1. Tonight’s show kicks off at 8 p.m.
The Daily Word in Bosque fire, WTF Florida, 100-pound scrotum
American officials say C.I.A. is helping arm opposition to the Syrian government.
Bosque fire is much larger than previously estimated.
Levi Chavez has his bond doubled and is jailed after a witness in his case said Chavez confronted him.
Another naked man in Florida lashes out with his teeth.
Wait, what’s that? Another naked man on drugs in Florida?
Just stop it, Florida, stop it.
Best-selling biography by notorious, conservative ex-journalist portrays President Obama as a socialist, Muslim political hack.
The death of “Life in Hell.”
African-American student who was physically thrown out of a bar in North Carolina is exposing that bar for being, well, extremely racist.
Man with 100-pound scrotum has to wear a hoodie over his junk.
Eh, people really ain’t that bad.
Confessions of a King
For this week’s arts profile, writer Blake Driver interviewed “Lawrence Welk Show” dancer Cissy King. She shared insights about Welk’s famous ability to butcher a phrase, and talked about her transition from the Hollywood spotlight to doing community theater here in her hometown. Check out the above video to see what King was up to roughly half a century ago, then go see her in Albuquerque Little Theater’s Singin’ in the Rain this weekend.
Flash Fiction marches on
The Alibi’s Flash Fiction issue hit stands today. As promised, here’s the first in a series of entries that didn’t make it to print, but that we loved, nonetheless. Check out the awesome art accompanying Estella Mitchell’s story. The highly imaginative—not to mention eerie—piece reminded me a bit of that scene where Nic Cage reads the kid’s poem in the great Werner Herzog film Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call—New Orleans.
First line rundown pt. 6
More openers to new novels
“Here is the first thing you need to know about me: I’m a barefoot girl from red-dirt Oklahoma, and all the marble floors in the world will never change that.”
—In the Kingdom of Men, Kim Barnes
“At first glance, she mistook him for something else.”
—Inside, Alix Ohlin
“Her steps were leaden as though La Llorona rose from the dead, which indeed she had.”
—The Witch Narratives: Reincarnation, Belinda Vasquez Garcia
“I keep the Beast running, I keep the 100 low lead on tap, I foresee attacks.”
—The Dog Stars, Peter Heller
“The lights go out.”
—The Undertow, Jo Baker
“Lord God is talking again.”
—The Bird Saviors, William J. Cobb