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“AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON”— Laughter and Terror

“AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON”

Laughter and Terror

Amos Lassen

David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne) are American tourists who are attacked by an unidentified vicious animal whilst hiking on the Yorkshire Moors. David wakes up in a London hospital where he learns that Jack is friend dead and his life is in quite a mess. When he leaves the hospital he goes a beautiful nurse’s (Jenny Agutter) home to recuperate but he soon experiences changes to his mind and body and undergoes a full-moon transformation that will unleash terror on the streets of the capital.

“An American Werewolf in London”
David Naughton
1981 Universal Pictures
© 1981 Bob Willoughby

Jim Landis, the director, has insisted that this is not a comedy even though it had audiences howling with laughter. Audiences also  recoiled in terror. The film has become one of the most important horror films of its decade and praised its masterful set-pieces, unsettling atmosphere and Rick Bakers ground-breaking, Oscar-winning special makeup effects. Now restored in 4K and on Blu ray, and presented with an abundance of extra features, we can see his film as never before…

However, “An American Werewolf in London” seems curiously unfinished. There are sequences that are spellbinding as well as long stretches when no one seems sure what’s going on. Then there are times when the special effects almost wipe the characters off the screen. This is, quite simply, a weird film.

David wakes up naked in the zoo in an exhibit of wolves,  with no memory as to how he got there. He has visions of his buddy Jack who tells him that they weren’t attacked by an ordinary wolf – it was a werewolf that killed him and now David has become one himself. He is also being haunted by the ghosts of his victims who are urging him to kill himself. David is, of course, reluctant to do so. After all, he and Alex have fallen deeply in love and he has a lot to live for but his new condition could endanger the life of the woman he loves.

The film is terrifying throughout and even though Landis keeps a light touch, there is always an air of terror,  fear and impending tragedy hanging over the entire film.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  New 2018 4K restoration from the original camera negative supervised by John Landis

  High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation

  Original uncompressed 1.0 mono and optional 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

  Optional subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

  New audio commentary by Beware the Moon filmmaker Paul Davis

  Audio commentary by actors David Naughton and Griffin Dunne

  Mark of The Beast: The Legacy of the Universal Werewolf, newly produced, feature-length documentary by filmmaker Daniel Griffith, featuring interviews with John Landis, David Naughton, Joe Dante and more

  An American Filmmaker in London, a newly filmed interview with John Landis in which he reflects on British cinema and his time working in Britain

  I Think He’s a Jew: The Werewolf’s Secret, new video essay by filmmaker Jon Spira (Elstree 1976) about how Landis film explores Jewish identity

  The Werewolf s Call, Corin Hardy, director of The Nun, chats with writer Simon Ward about their formative experiences with Landis film

  Wares of the Wolf, new featurette in which SFX artist Dan Martin and Tim Lawes of The Prop Store look at some of the original costumes and special effects artefacts from the film

  Beware the Moon, Paul Davis acclaimed, feature-length exploration of Landis film which boasts extensive cast and crew interviews

  Making An American Werewolf in London, a short archival featurette on the film s production

  An Interview with John Landis, a lengthy archival interview with the director about the film

  Makeup Artist Rick Baker on An American Werewolf in London, the legendary make-up artist discusses his work on the film

  I Walked with a Werewolf, an archival interview with the make-up artist about Universal horror and its legacy of Wolfman films

  Casting of the Hand, archival footage from Rick Baker’s workshop as they cast David Naughton’s hand

  Outtakes

  Original trailers, teasers and radio spots

  Extensive image gallery featuring over 200 stills, posters and other ephemera

  Reversible sleeve featuring original poster art and artwork by Graham Humphreys

  Double-sided fold-out poster

  Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproductions

  Limited 60-page booklet featuring new writing by Travis Crawford and more

“FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC”— Visiting Grandma

Flowers In The Attic

Visiting Grandma

Amos Lassen

When her husband dies in a tragic accident, Corrine Dollanganger (Victoria Tennant) takes her four children to the family home that she had run away from so you could marry the man she loved of whom her parents did not approve of. Now, her puritanical grandmother (Louise Fletcher) has locked the children in the attic and becomes the job of older brother and sister Chris (Jeb Stuart Adams) and Cathy (Kristy Swanson) to care for their two younger siblings. Their mother becomes more and more distant and erratic. This is a dark and chilling Gothic suspense thriller in the tradition of the classics.

As the kinds are locked up and only receive visits from their mother and their grandmother, no one is bothered that their health is failing them. Their “loving” mother seems to have done an about face and is only concerned about herself and the inheritance she plans to win back from her dying father.

Louise Fletcher is ideal as the bitch grandmother and I feel sorry for her in that she will be remembered for her two starring roles as mean and hateful. I do not want to ruin the plot by talking about it but I can say that I was mesmerized as I watched. For those who read the book, you might be surprised at how the film is so cleaned up.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation

  Original lossless 2.0 stereo audio

  Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

  New audio commentary by Kat Ellinger, author and editor-in-chief of Diabolique Magazine

  Home Sweet Home: Filming Flowers in the Attic, a new interview with cinematographer Frank Byers

  Fear & Wonder: Designing Flowers in the Attic, a new interview with production designer John Muto

  The Devil s Spawn: Playing Flowers in the Attic, a new interview with actor Jeb Stuart Adams

  Shattered Innocence: Composing Flowers in the Attic, a new interview with composer Christopher Young

  Production gallery of behind-the-scenes images, illustrations and storyboards

  The original, studio-vetoed ending

  The revised ending with commentary by replacement director Tony Kayden

  Original theatrical trailer

  Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Haunt Love

“GRETA”— Solitude as Action


“Greta”

Solitude as Action

Amos Lassen

Pedro (Marco Nanini) is a 70-year-old gay nurse, and quite the fan of Greta Garbo. He needs to find an empty bed in the hospital where he works to save his best friend, Daniela (Denise Weinberg) who is transgender. He he decides to help Jean (Demick Lopes), a criminal in police custody, escape from the premises. His hope is that Jean will help him with Daniela in return. But because he is worried  about Jean’s health, Pedro sets him up in his apartment to treat his wounds. The two have an affair and we realize something about Pedro’s own solitude and what will be once dying Daniela leaves Pedro’s world for good.

This is director Armando Praça’s  first feature film and it has all the relevance of post gay marriage worries, even though its politics are here but a finely attuned love story subsumes everything else. Daniela suffers from kidney failure, and she is panicked to move to the men’s ward. Pedro takes wounded murder suspect Jean out of  the hospital and into his home in order to make hospital space for his ailing “Greta.” We flashback and see Daniela singing about love in a nightclub and she seems to be both hostile and tender. These are reflections of what is going on now in Brazil— the tenderness of same-sex love relationships are being threatened by a hostile political regime. The main relationship is between Pedro and Jean. Pedro is a to the death admirer of Greta Garbo’s well-worn solitude motto (“I want to be alone”), and he is brave enough to use this in his own life. His only friend, we see, is  Daniela and his contact away from solitude is through casual sexual, club encounters. Like Garbo, Pedro wants “to be alone” too – or so he says early on but things change when he hides a younger man from the law. 

The film opens with Pedro wiping mascara from his face as he follows Daniela into an ambulance following serious kidney failure. The police fail to acknowledge Daniela as the trans woman she is and refer to her as “he”. The hospital won’t allow her to stay in the female ward.

When we learn that she doesn’t have long left to live, Daniela tells Pedro that she’s “used to pain”, something which the two of them share in common. We see that pain (as well as lust) when Pedro goes by himself to gay saunas and gay bars, asking strangers to call him “Greta” while they hook up. It’s not until Jean enters his life that Pedro can finally admit that he doesn’t really want to be alone anymore. 

Praça uses explicit nudity and sex as he looks at Pedro’s carnal desires with dignity. Pedro and Jean open themselves up to each other and to the audience. Daniela’s cabaret performance is  tragic and empowering all at the same time.  Praça’s casting choices are fascinating and a story unto themselves. He has a cis-gender actress in the role of Daniela while casting a trans star called Gretta Starr as cis-gender. By doing this, he effectively plays around with notions of intersectionality that are relevant now more than ever. 

“Shuk: The Heart of Israeli Cooking” by Einat Admony and Janna Gur— Making the Mouth Water

Admony, Einat and Janna Gur. “Shuk: The Heart of Israeli Cooking”, Artisan Books. 2019,

Making the Mouth Water

Amos Lassen

Many of you know that I spent many years living in Israel but I have never really publicly said what I thought about the food there. If there was one thing that I really missed, it was American food. I was not at all excited by the food options I had but then again, I get there during the first 15 years of the state and we were not concerned about food; we were building a country. Over the years, the food got better but I was from New Orleans and I missed restaurants like Antoine’s, Arnaud’s, Commander’s Palace, Galatoire’s and Tujague’s. Then something happened in this country. Israeli food became the “IT” cuisine and Israeli restaurants opened all over the country and the best restaurant award in New Orleans went to “Shaya”, an Israeli restaurant. Restaurants in Israel also upped their game Suddenly I realized how much I missed Israeli food.

What is it that makes Israeli food so special?  Could it be that “Israel is a culinary crossroads, a mishmash of foods best represented in its shuks, or markets, where foods from Yemen, Morocco, Bulgaria, Libya, Turkey, Russia, the Levant, and dozens more sit side by side to create a food culture unlike anywhere else in the world.” Israel is still one of the countries where supermarkets have not caught on and grocery shopping often consists of going to the neighborhood market, the butcher, the baker and the greengrocer or going to the shuk where all of these places can be found.

In “Shuk”, two leading female Israeli food mavens give us 140 home-cook-friendly recipes  that are inspired by Israel’s singular cuisine. We can almost “inhale the fragrances and taste the flavors of the vivacious culinary mash-up that is today’s Israel.” We go deeply into the nature of Israeli food and learn about “long-simmered stews, herb-dominant rice pilafs, toasted-nut-studded grain salads, and of course loads of vegetable dishes” that are either served raw or roasted in every way possible.

That is not all that is here. We also get all kinds of information about the cuisine including necessary spices, where to shop in Israel and the authors’ favorite places. There are beautiful photo essays of “nine celebrated shuks” allowing us to actually feel that we are there.

As for the recipes, the Jewish dishes have their roots in Persia, Yemen, Libya, the Balkans, the Levant, and all the regions that contribute to the evolving food scene in Israel. While the ingredients are familiar, the ways they are combined and used are fascinating. The book is beautifully written and photographed and filled with stories.  You will be struck by the gorgeous photography and warm colors and you will probably find that your mouth is watering as you read.

“A Wild and Precious Life: A Memoir” by Edie Windsor and Joshua Lyon— An Icon Speaks (or Writes)

Windsor, Edie and Joshua Lyon. “A Wild and Precious Life: A Memoir”, St. Martin’s Press, 2019.

An Icon Speaks

Amos Lassen

Edie Windsor was and, in fact will always be, an icon of the gay rights movement. In her memoir “A Wild and Precious Life” written with Joshua Lyon, she describes gay life in 1950s and 60s New York City and her longtime activism which opened the door for marriage equality. Windsor “believed in her right to take up space and be seen.”

Edie Windsor became internationally famous by suing the US government to gain federal recognition for her marriage to Thea Spyer, her partner of more than four decades. The Supreme Court ruled in her favor and this was a landmark victory that set the stage for full marriage equality in the US. Suddenly Edie was an icon and she embraced this new role; she had already been living an extraordinary and groundbreaking life for decades. 

She began writing this memoir before passing away in 2017 and it has now been completed by Lyon, her co-writer.  Edie shares her childhood in Philadelphia, her realization that she was a lesbian, and her active social life in Greenwich Village and the underground gay scene of the 1950s. She was one of a select group of trailblazing women in computing and worked her way up the ladder at IBM, achieving their highest technical ranking while developing software. In the early 1960s Edie met Thea, a member of a Dutch Jewish family that fled the Nazis, and a widely respected clinical psychologist. Their partnership lasted forty-four years, until Thea died in 2009. Edie then found love again and married Judith Kasen-Windsor in 2016. 

When Edie moved to Greenwich Village in New York City she found the bohemian, artistic and unofficial gay and lesbian capital of the city. While working at IBM she kept her personal life private from inquiring minds. She was worried about being outed and losing her job.

During the fifties and sixties, Thea Spyer entered her life. They had a turbulent beginning which led to a forty year romantic relationship. Thea was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Edie became her caretaker for thirty years. They were a celebrated lesbian couple both in Greenwich Village and in the Hampton’s gay community where they kept a house.

When Thea died in 2008, Edie fought to keep her inheritance from taxes. They had married legally in Canada and were registered as domestic partners but the Defense of Marriage Act prohibited Edie from keeping about $300,000 in taxes. If Thea had been Theo, Edie would have kept it. Edie fought it all the way to the United States Supreme Court and won.

We read here that Edie never had the intention of celebrity or becoming a lesbian icon. She simply stood her ground and fought for equality and justice. If it wasn’t for Windsor’s battle to avoid paying inheritance taxes after her partner of 40 years died, same-sex marriage would probably still be illegal in the United States. We must all be grateful for her personal sacrifices every day of our lives.

“Falling” by Trebor Healey— I Would Have Expected As Much

Healey, Trebor. “Falling”, University of Wisconsin Press, 2019.

I Would Have Expected As Much

Amos Lassen

There are several authors that I always look forward to reading and high on that list is Trebor Healey. Whether he writes poetry, novels and short stories, he never disappoints. “Falling”, his new collection of ten stories is a look at the “dangers of populism and the growing world refugee crisis.” I have always been aware of his love for the Spanish speaking world and that is very evident in the stories of this collection and there was times that I felt that he is a one man broker between the two worlds, that are, in a sense one big world really only separated by language.

Healey sets this tales mainly in Latin America and the western U.S. and they deal with major issues from immigration to the sense of not finding a place in the world today. He also tackles cultural upheaval, history and politics. I will go a step further and say that these are stories of redemption and transformation and not just for the characters we read about but for the readers as well. I believe that the idea of transformation is evident in all of Healey’s writing. After all, if reading something does nothing to and for us, why bother doing so at all?

Healey is also educative as we see in “The Orchid”, the longest story here. Set in Argentina, this is also a look at the political history and reads like a politician admitting to bringing a new kind of government in the form of a subset of Peronism and coming through a gay presidential candidate. The characters here, as in every story, are very real and I could not help thinking that they were based upon Healey’s many Latin American friends.

The theme of self-acceptance is also evident as is the definition of family. We read of tragedy and of hope. I found myself easily empathizing with many of the characters and this surprised me in that the only affinity I have for the Latin American world is that I studied Spanish in high school and I have a few Latin American friends and oh yes, as a graduate student I took a semester course in Latin American history because I was secretly in love with the professor (nothing came out of that).

I don’t want to write about each story and that is because I want you to discover them yourselves without any ideas I might accidentally throw out but I do think that it is fair to say that Healey’s use of imagination give us new ways to understand our brothers and sisters in the Southern Hemisphere and how history has influenced the way they live. There is also something magical in that these stories will also influence the way we live. I often compare reading Trebor Healey to being on a cruise to places I have never been. When I disembark, I feel wiser and better about myself and about life.

“Rowdy Armstrong 2: Pro Wrestling Rookie” by David Monster— Rory is Rowdy

Monster, David. “Rowdy Armstrong 2: Pro Wrestling Rookie”, Independently Published, 2019.

Rory is Rowdy

Amos Lassen

I first met Rowdy Armstrong in David Monster’s first volume of the Armstrong series and I fell in love with his irreverence and sex appeal. So before I go any further, let me say that there are sexually explicit scenes here (remember there is a difference between sexual explicitness and porn).

Handsome, blond Rory Pedersen who we first met in “Rowdy Armstrong: Wrestling’s New Golden Boy” where he learned the homoerotic nature of wrestling and that his fellow wrestlers use sex as a way to get ahead (or a tail) in the ring. comes to the A.W.P.W.’s Las Vegas Facility with his boyfriend, cute, muscular, blond Mike Wall. They are forced to rethink and redefine their relationship because every male there wants to get their chance with Rory, and one of the bigger men has already claimed him as his own. Rory “remeets” his friends Scott, Eb, and Bravon who he knew from training and he realizes that he has “confusing feelings” for Bravon. Bravon, however, is busy with other matters.

Dyer Anderson, the Ex World Champ, has offered to mentor Rory, personally and during their private sessions become very private, Dyer crosses the line. This is no wonder since there training sessions include tag team matches, a Battle Royal, and a cockfight in the showers between the two “biggest” men in the facility.  What else can we expect in a place where hot trainees live together, sleep together, shower together and fight each other for their spot in the next session.

David Monster once again introduces us to a large cast of hunky men who go through love and eroticism in naturally and sexy ways. But it is not all about sex but rather about love and caring for one another. For fictional characters, the guys all seem very real. I was immediately pulled into the story and I must admit that I often found it to be arousing. Monster knows how to tell a story but even more so, he knows how to pull us into it. It is not great literature but rather a fun read and that is okay—- we do not only read great lit. This is an escape and a delightful one at that. I realize that I have not said a lot about the plot and that is because I want everyone to have the same virgin reading experience that I did. I am sure you will be glad that I gave no spoilers

“Joseph and the Way of Forgiveness: A Biblical Tale Retold” by Stephen Mitchell— A New Look at a Classic

Mitchell, Stephen. “Joseph and the Way of Forgiveness: A Biblical Tale Retold”, St. Martin’s Essentials, 2019.

A New Look at a Classic

Amos Lassen

I have always found beauty in the stories we read in the Five Books of Moses and I love that they can be read and reread yet always seem fresh and new. I also love that we can update and reinterpret them as we choose without losing the meaning of the originals. Stephen Mitchell does just that with the story of Joseph. “Joseph and the Way of Forgiveness” is his novelistic version of the Biblical tale where Joseph is sold into slavery and becomes viceroy of Egypt. Mitchell brings “lyrical, witty, vivid prose” and his own insight and wisdom into this 3000 year old tale and retells it like a postmodern novel. This is a story of betrayal and forgiveness in which Mitchell brings brief meditations to the narrative and adds Zen surprises “to expand the narrative and illuminate its main themes.”

We go into the minds of the characters (especially Joseph) and by doing so gain new perspectives on this ancient story that still challenges, delights, and astonishes. The prose is as gorgeous as the storytelling gives clear understanding that compassion and forgiveness are the responses to the relief of the pain and suffering that are part of human life. Mitchell uses midrash, a technique of ancient Hebrew commentary on the tales of the Torah to give fresh meaning to the story of Joseph.

Stephen Mitchell’s life’s work is the study of human transformation. With “Joseph”,  Mitchell takes us back in time to one of our oldest stories of grace and reimagines it. He gives us a simple version of the story of Joseph in a creative and heartfelt way. The narrative is transformative as we become engaged both mentally and spiritually with it.
We have found it hard to comprehend in the Bible but that changes here with this “incisive and moving account of the spiritual power of forgiveness.”

Leo Tolstoy saw the Biblical tale of Joseph and His Brothers as “the most beautiful story in the world” and it is also in the Qur’an, which narrates it in full after stating in the introduction to it that it is “the most beautiful of narrations.”

“Me” by Elton John— The Official Autobiography

John, Elton. “Me: Elton John”, Henry Holt, 2019

The Official Autobiography

Amos Lassen

Music icon Elton John shares the truth about his life “from his rollercoaster lifestyle to becoming a living legend.” John entered this world as Reginald Dwight and became a shy boy who wore glasses. Growing up in the London suburb of Pinner, he dreamed of becoming a pop star. By the time he was twenty-three he had his first gig in America and this marked the arrival of Elton John and the music world would never be the same again.

John lived a life of drama, from the early rejection of his work with song-writing partner Bernie Taupin to going out of control as superstar; from a half-hearted suicide attempt in his LA swimming pool,  dancing with Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth; to friendships with John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, and George Michael, setting up his AIDS Foundation, being lauded on Broadway with AidaThe Lion King, and Billy Elliot the Musical. And while of this was happening, he was hiding a drug addiction that would almost consume him for over a decade.

He writes powerfully about getting clean and changing his life, finding love with David Furnish and becoming a father and he gossips and shares “good dish”. His voice here is “warm, humble, and open” as he shares “his music and his relationships, his passions and his mistakes.”

As for gossip, John really pushes the envelope. He shares that his mother insisted on watching the 1972 porn film “Deep Throat” aboard the plane (Just a little unimportant tidbit). “Me” is a very full book by a man who has not been very open before. There are many lurid details here that will make headlines but it is John’s “hard-won self-knowledge is what the book’s really about” and brilliantly so.

John tells wonderful stories about being at the Troubadour in Los Angeles during his first American gig. He stunned audiences who had never seen anything like him. He was something new, pure pop and great fun. Everyone wanted to know him.

It was his gay friends who assured him that he was gay but he was unable to do much about that until he was 23. He then made up for lost time. He tells us about his jealous nature and that his heart has been broken by straight men. He claims that he is not able to move slowly with anyone. He was possessive and then dismissive like his friend Rod Stewart (they call each other Phyllis and Sharon even today).

AIDS, which killed his friend Freddie Mercury, has been an important cause for John for a long time. He founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation in the early 1990s, and several times in this memoir he refers to his advocacy to explain away some controversy or other.

John sees himself as a sexual voyeur, and prefer to watch rather than touch. He thinks that this might have kept him safe from the disease. He writes about having had prostate cancer and his surgery and use of adult diapers.  His addiction moves into first place here and he is brutally honest about it. He says that most of his best-known work was already behind him when cocaine became such a major part of his life. He had the money and ability to indulge in huge amounts of drugs. He once spent two weeks in his bedroom coked up and drinking. He was also bulimic refused any suggestion to get help.  What finally sobered him up was the combined effect of losing so many friends and watching what happens when somebody he cared about went to rehab.

 “Me” was written with the help of the British music critic Alexis Petridis, who met with John frequently and we feel his hand in the  transitions and foreshadowing. John’s own voice sounds just right here and we finally get to hear from someone who has sung so many of Bernie Taupin’s words and so few of his own.

The publisher, Henry Hold, also sent me the unabridged ten cd audio book read by Taron Egerton with John himself. I read the printed book first and then immediately listened to it and relived all the highlights. As soon as I get another two days free, I am going to listed while reading and I already know that I will enjoy it even more.

“Why Didn’t Someone Warn You About Prince Charming?” by Jameson Currier— How We Live: Truth to Fiction

Currier, Jameson. “Why Didn’t Someone Warn You About Prince Charming?”, Chelsea Station Editions, 2019.

How We Live: Truth to Fiction

Amos Lassen

One of the first writers I ever reviewed when I began my website some 14 years ago is Jameson Currier and I have maintained a literary love affair with him ever since. The man and his writings are, quite simply, a gift to us. Now with “Why Didn’t Someone Warn You About Prince Charming?”, he brings us twelve new short stories that show how he sees gay romance including the mistakes we make and the heartbreaks we suffer.

Whenever I review a collection of short stories, I debate with myself whether to write about each story and/or look at the collection as a whole and as I write this I face the same dilemma. I feel somewhat guilty in that I have had my copy of “Prince Charming” for quite a while now and I finally understand why it has taken me so long to write this. I simply was not ready to part with my thoughts. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to go back and read it again and again, knowing in advance that each time I would find treasures that I had not found before.

We read of a college student dealing with his secret inner feelings for someone of the same sex, a story reminiscent of the way many of us dealt with the same feelings. There is another story about a man dealing with a non-reciprocal crush a complicated, unrequited crush on his roommate (who just might be HIV-positive), another story to remind us of how own lives. Not only do we read of inner feelings but of the possibilities of relationships but what happens within relationships. We have crushes, first loves, older romances and what ifs. It is as if we are reading about life as it is and has been.

I found myself in so many of the stories but especially in these lines from the story that gives the volume its name,  “You were never supposed to reach sixty.” “You survived a premature birth, the AIDS decades, the Y2K bug, 9/11, four hurricanes, [for me, being in the Israeli army during three wars], three broken ribs, and two heart attacks. You don’t know whether to feel grateful or cursed.”  (I actually had decided that I would concentrate on these but Kirkus Reviews got to them first).

 I, like Currier, am originally from the South so I loved that many of the characters are Southerners who have moved North to look for love. But even with this similarity between characters, there are great differences between the stories. They all are, however, written in Currier’s wonderful prose and are loaded with his sharp wit (like the man himself). There is also emotion here and if you have ever read any of Currier’s work, you know that he is a master at relaying emotion. Taken as a whole, this is a book about love, waiting for it, enjoying it and losing it.

I could tell that these stories come from deep inside and they take us deep inside ourselves. Deep inside is somewhere we need to be once in a while and the catharsis from that usually makes us feel good. Remembering can be painful but it is also important and I cannot think of a better person to guide me down memory lane Jameson Currier.

Table of Contents

Lancelot’s Secret

Superman Will Save Me

Sometimes You Have to Settle for Popeye 
(even though You’d Rather Play with Bluto)

Mr. Darcy’s Pride

Elvis at Three is an Angel to Me

How to Obtain an Alfred Hitchcock Physique 
(and Bonus Dark Psyche)

My Adventure with Tom Sawyer

Half of Hamlet

My Night with Rudolph Valentino

What Would Q Do?

The Devil’s Cake

Why Didn’t Someone Warn You About Prince Charming?