October82014
I’m proud to announce that ‘Wicked Baby’, my 2004 novella about the events of the Profumo Affair, is now available to download via Kindle. This new edition includes an afterword, and five articles about the scandal’s lasting impact on society and popular culture, two of which are previously unpublished. More details here.  

I’m proud to announce that ‘Wicked Baby’, my 2004 novella about the events of the Profumo Affair, is now available to download via Kindle. This new edition includes an afterword, and five articles about the scandal’s lasting impact on society and popular culture, two of which are previously unpublished. More details here.  

September242014

"Society has a habit of disregarding even one of its own when opportunity provides…"

Gugu Mbatha Raw in ‘Belle’, Amma Assante’s film about Dido Elizabeth Belle

"Society has a habit of disregarding even one of its own when opportunity provides…"

Gugu Mbatha Raw in ‘Belle’, Amma Assante’s film about Dido Elizabeth Belle

belle 

July32014

"All my tomorrowsDepend on your loveSo wish me a rainbow above…”

Natalie Wood, Robert Redford, ‘This Property is Condemned’ (1966)

"All my tomorrows
Depend on your love
So wish me a rainbow above…”

Natalie Wood, Robert Redford, ‘This Property is Condemned’ (1966)

May302014

"Is it a sin to want to survive?"

Marion Cotillard, ‘The Immigrant’

"Is it a sin to want to survive?"

Marion Cotillard, ‘The Immigrant’

May202014

"Regrets, I’ve had a few
But then again, too few to mention…”
Don (Jon Hamm) and Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) dancing to Sinatra in ‘Mad Men’

"Regrets, I’ve had a few

But then again, too few to mention…”

Don (Jon Hamm) and Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) dancing to Sinatra in ‘Mad Men’

January162014

"When I looked at the painting I felt the same convergence on a single point: a glancing sun-struck instance that existed now and forever. Only occasionally did I notice the chain on the finch’s ankle, or think what a cruel life for a little living creature - fluttering briefly, forced always to land in the same hopeless place."

From ‘The Goldfinch' by Donna Tartt

"When I looked at the painting I felt the same convergence on a single point: a glancing sun-struck instance that existed now and forever. Only occasionally did I notice the chain on the finch’s ankle, or think what a cruel life for a little living creature - fluttering briefly, forced always to land in the same hopeless place."

From ‘The Goldfinch' by Donna Tartt

November202013
Jean Harlow, ‘Riffraff’ (1936)

Jean Harlow, ‘Riffraff’ (1936)

November72013
Miner’s family at Scott’s Run, West Virginia, photographed by Lewis Hine, 1937.

"This picture was taken at the natural supper hour. The man is a mine mechanic who installed all kinds of machinery. At first he refused to be photographed and cursed us and the government and the coal operators as being entertained by his minery. As we talked to him he showed us six statements which he held in five different bankrupt mines on Scott’s Run. He had not been paid his last pay in any bankruptcy."

Miner’s family at Scott’s Run, West Virginia, photographed by Lewis Hine, 1937.

"This picture was taken at the natural supper hour. The man is a mine mechanic who installed all kinds of machinery. At first he refused to be photographed and cursed us and the government and the coal operators as being entertained by his minery. As we talked to him he showed us six statements which he held in five different bankrupt mines on Scott’s Run. He had not been paid his last pay in any bankruptcy."

August42013

“My father is Abraham Lincoln – I mean I think of Lincoln as my father. He was wise and kind and good. He is my ideal, Lincoln. I love him.” 

Marilyn Monroe, who died 51 years ago today
 
 

“My father is Abraham Lincoln – I mean I think of Lincoln as my father. He was wise and kind and good. He is my ideal, Lincoln. I love him.” 

Marilyn Monroe, who died 51 years ago today

 

 

July152013
Brighton beach in the early 1930s, beneath the track of the Volk’s Railway.

Brighton beach in the early 1930s, beneath the track of the Volk’s Railway.

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