Palmerin

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  • Birthday 09/18/1954

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    Saint Pete Beach, FL
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    Art, Cinema, Classical Music, Heraldry, History, International Politics, Literature, TV

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  1. Palmerin

    A VAST WASTELAND

    Speaking in the Puerto Rican jerga=slang of the 1950s to the 1980s, commercial TV was everything that was not in WIPR-TV, the radio and TV station of the PR Department of Education. Since later in the 1980s, the TV of Boricua is as you describe it here.
  2. Palmerin

    A VAST WASTELAND

    OK, so most here have regard for the PBS with which they grew up; what about what in PR is called=dismissed as commercial TV? I still have regard for THE NAKED CITY. Speaking of creature features, master limey, do you still have any affection for the sci fi of Irwin Allen? Back in the 1960s, his shows nourished my hunger for fantasy and adventure; now I'm embarrassed at having had such poor taste that I actually cherished those piles of horse droppings.
  3. Palmerin

    A VAST WASTELAND

    In his time Dickens was often dismissed as a popular entertainer who only wrote for money, whereas the Brownings and Baron Tennyson were lauded as exalted artists whose verse made the English language into something divine. Are either Grisham or King widely regarded as likely candidates for the Nobel?
  4. Palmerin

    A VAST WASTELAND

    Orwell is the exception; every other so-called reporter had an ax to grind.
  5. Palmerin

    A VAST WASTELAND

    I have never found any satisfactory material on the subject. It seems that practically everybody in the USA sees the 1936-39 War through the eyes of Hemingway, who was no historian.
  6. Palmerin

    A VAST WASTELAND

    MANY PEOPLE ... of the USA, for whom CIVIL WAR means strictly one very specific conflict during the 1860s; they should learn the remarkable fact that every country in the world has had at least one major civil war. I would gladly kiss the hands of Ken Burns if he created a documentary series dedicated to the Spanish War of 1936-39, complete with the complex story of its origins in the French Revolution--an story of which Hemingway knew absolutely nothing.
  7. Palmerin

    A VAST WASTELAND

    John Grisham, Stephen King, Robert Frost, and Carl Sandburg. You are not from the USA? Which is your homeland, and which literary luminaries does she have, please?
  8. Palmerin

    A VAST WASTELAND

    Thanks for your replies. Now here's something that NM did not take into account: TV, like all the other art forms, is a gigantic supermarket that offers everything from high art to cheap commonplaces, and its customers buy what they fancy. The House Kardashian may not be THE FORSYTE SAGA, but as long as there is a demand for their brand, they have the right to earn a profit from it, according to the most cherished examples of free enterprise. Consider that other gigantic supermarket, Literature. Grisham and King may not be Frost or Sandburg, but as long as there is a demand for their brand they have the right to earn a livelihood from the fruit of their labors.
  9. Palmerin

    A VAST WASTELAND

    Try others; the best brands of yogurt carry many flavors that are more piquant than vanilla.
  10. Palmerin

    A VAST WASTELAND

    I grew up with PBS, and, with the sole exception of some MASTERPIECE THEATRE-type dramas, I never felt any affection for the deadly dull programming of that drastically overrated station. Nothing interesting for children, and very little of interest for adults. You mention shows deserving of Minow's poor opinion; which shows and channels would you say deserve praise for taking to heart NM's opinion that TV had potential for more than soaps and game shows?
  11. Palmerin

    A VAST WASTELAND

    What do you say about that famous (notorious) quotation? I would apply it to PBS, which is about as bland as vanilla yogurt.
  12. Palmerin

    Noir Alley

    Didn't know about that one; could you please tell me more? And would you regard Corman's THE SAINT VALENTINE'S DAY MASSACRE as a movie appropriate for the noir genre?
  13. Palmerin

    Noir Alley

    If this has not been asked already, I will ask it now: will Muller eventually present post-big studio noir such as Polanski's CHINATOWN?
  14. Myself and M1791 may come across as awful pedantic, but it's simply that we are kindred spirits who love to be knowledgeable. To quote a very famous example: did 007 arise in a vacuum? No, indeed; the spy genre is one of the most venerable of cinema, and even someone like Mary Pickford, who was no Mata Hari or Fraulein Doktor, performed as a spy during the Great War.
  15. Palmerin

    No Surprise Here

    That is why Marisa Berenson in BARRY LYNDON wears her hair and makeup in a manner that makes her look like a 1970s disco queen in Georgian petticoats. So much for Kubrick's reputation as a director obsessed with accurate detail.

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