Updates

I’m currently at Esther’s Christmas Eve party in The Recognitions. (The party lasts 100 pages and contains a multitude.) I think it’s a good time to look at and update some the loose ends that have been hanging around.

The Pacific Northwest just got hit with a big snowstorm, so my “Christmas” reading seemed in sync . . .

The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, who co-wrote the screenplay with Mario Puzo, based on Puzo's best-selling 1969 novel of the same name. The film stars Marlon BrandoAl PacinoJames CaanRichard CastellanoRobert DuvallSterling HaydenJohn MarleyRichard Conte, and Diane Keaton. It is the first installment in The Godfather trilogy. The story, spanning from 1945 to 1955, chronicles the Corleone family under patriarch Vito Corleone (Brando), focusing on the transformation of his youngest son, Michael Corleone (Pacino), from reluctant family outsider to ruthless mafia boss.

The Godfather is an unlikely Christmas film, but it and The Royal Tenenbaums are two that we tend to watch during the holiday season. Thinking back to that Wonder Years tweet, and looking back 20 years . . . Puzo was looking back from the 60s to the 40s. Coppola filmed it in ‘71, about 26 years beyond 1945. Therefore, 2021 - 26 = 1995.

Where do we go from here?
. . .
Talking to my girlfriend waiting for something to happen
And I wish it was the sixties
I wish I could be happy
I wish, I wish
I wish that something would happen

Although, I think in the 90s we were looking back to the 60s. (It was much later that I got excited about the 70s)

Nonetheless . . . I wanted to mention that Orson Welles started popping quite a bit.

I initially noted him for his 1949 film The Third Man. And not long after, I watched Mank, which is quite good, and made me want to read some Upton Sinclair as well as rewatch Citizen Kane. Then the F for Fake thing popped up in relation to my Fake Accounts post. (Watch that film! It’s Incredible!!!)

I ended up reading a couple more reviews about Fake Accounts:

https://jacobinmag.com/2021/02/lauren-oyler-fake-accounts-review

https://newrepublic.com/article/161324/lauren-oyler-fake-accounts-millennial-fiction

Other updates: I gave up reading The Goldfinch. I may watch the film. I tasted her first book, The Secret History—which seemed better. Maybe one day I’ll come back to that.

Regarding the 49 theme, if you recall, one spends 49 days in the Bardo . . .

https://amzn.to/37izyey

https://libro.fm/audiobooks/9780553397581-lincoln-in-the-bardo

I tasted this one too, put it down, but will likely return to it.

finally . . .


In 1949 Bebop dominates the scene, but Dixieland is still being played. Miles Davis makes the first recordings with other artists of what will be known as Cool Jazz. The first LPs are issued, as are the first 45s.

And I did finally hear back from someone!

https://amzn.to/39j6DrX

https://libro.fm/audiobooks/9781250751942-being-lolita

This show is in the works!