Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Farther and Wider

Fantasy is a liberation movement. If you live in such a world, you’re given carte blanche to do or be anything you want. Walter Mitty is the perfect example of a free spirit who’s tethered to the reality of  body and ego. In his excursions, he becomes a hero. But in order to indulge these flights of fancy, he is danger of being fit for cement shoes. If Mitty were any of the things he dreamt of, there would be nowhere to go, no world of escape besides death itself. In The Lost Weekend, Ray Milland plays the alcoholic writer, Don Birnam. The movie is based on a semi-autobiographical book by Charles R. Jackson. What happens to a writer who lives out his alcohol infused dreams? In the case of Jackson, he died from an overdose of barbiturates while trying to write a sequel to his The Lost Weekend, Farther and Wider.

read "God Bless Pig Latin America" by Francis Levy, The East Hampton Star

and watch the trailer for Erotomania

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