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2015 in review

January 8, 2016 § Leave a comment

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 53,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 20 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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2014 in review

December 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 83,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

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The Hollywood Sign in Rain, Disappearing and Reappearing

December 3, 2014 § 2 Comments

Los Angeles has been blessed with rain–the first big storm in two years. It started on Monday, picking up force yesterday and weakening today. Through it all I’ve been working in the most distracting room in my house–the one with this view. (My usual workspace, the living room, is off-limits because it’s being repainted.) Yesterday morning at 11:30, the Sign was ghostly-looking through a scrim of mist.

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By 12:30, it had vanished into the rain clouds.

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Today it has been playing peekaboo, and currently looks like this:

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2013 in review

December 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 110,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 5 days for that many people to see it.

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Remembering John F. Kennedy and Aldous Huxley, Two Thinkers Who Died on the Same Day

November 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

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One was a politician, the other a writer, but both were philosophers. They died fifty years ago yesterday, one assassinated in the prime of life, the other carried off in early old age by cancer. If Aldous Huxley’s death had occurred on another day, it would have received far more attention–he was, after all, the author of Brave New World and many other works of fiction and nonfiction, and in later life had became famous for his experiments with LSD. As it happened, Aldous Huxley’s obituary was a footnote to that infamous day. (When I interviewed Huxley’s widow Laura in 2007, she said he was aware that the President had been shot, but not that he had died.)

Fifty years later, it’s striking to recall Kennedy and Huxley by their words. The quotes below are from both men, with the key to who said which at the bottom.

1. “Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.”

2. “Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.”

3. “History is a relentless master. It has no preesent, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.”

4. “That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is one of the most important of all the lessons of history.”

5. “If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.”

6. “The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.”

Answers: 1,4,6 by Aldous Huxley; 2,3,5 by John F. Kennedy.

“Peg Entwistle and The Hollywood Sign” – by Hope Anderson

November 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

Many thanks to Vickie Lester @beguilinghollywood for promoting my Peg Entwistle book and DVD. The book is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.; the DVD will be available on Amazon in the next couple of weeks.

BEGUILING HOLLYWOOD

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Peg Entwistle and the Hollywood Sign

by Hope Anderson

Introduction

         My interest in the actress Peg Entwistle, who in 1932 committed suicide from the Hollywood Sign (which then read Hollywoodland), began in 2006, when I began researching the neighborhood’s history for my documentary, Under the Hollywood Sign. Though seventy-four years had passed since her death, she was a local legend, her memory refreshed by occasional claims of sighting her ghost at the Hollywood Sign. Yet no one seemed to know anything about her life, aside from the fact that she had acted in a single movie called Thirteen Women, whose failure spurred her suicide.

Online I found only three or four photos of Peg, one of which—the half-nude in Kenneth Anger’s Hollywood Babylon—didn’t even resemble her, apart from the platinum bob that was so popular in the early 1930s. Through this and other fictions, Anger shaped…

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