“One day in 1954, while I was producing the TV series The Halls of Ivy, Eleanor Aherne, the wife of the actor Brian Aherne, called to invite me to dinner. She asked me not to mention the invitation to our mutual friends the Colmans. This seemed odd, but because it was always a pleasure to visit the Ahernes at their wonderful house in Santa Monica, I saw no reason not to comply with Eleanor’s request. I did ask for an explanation, and her reply was short and dramatic: “We have Garbo staying with us.”

Eleanor Aherne was observing a cardinal Greta Garbo rule: Fewer is better.

Garbo sat opposite me, so I had a chance to study her closely. She was in her late 40s, and absolutely beautiful. She was wearing black velvet pants with a white blouse and a black velvet bolero. Her hair, cut Prince Valiant–style, came to just above her shoulders, and she kept pulling it back in a repetitive gesture. “Why do you have cotton in your ears?” I finally asked. “You know, Mr. Frye, I have a hole in my head, and here at the beach the wind blows right through, from one ear to the other. I cotton them up!” she replied with a straight face. I was totally charmed.

After dinner I told Brian that it must be thrilling to have Garbo staying in his home. “My dear boy, it’s not at all a thrill,” he said. “It can be goddamned embarrassing. When I go down to the pool in the morning to have breakfast, she’s already out there sunning herself, stark naked. I never know which way to look.”

William Frye on meeting Greta Garbo (above, photographed by Cecil Beaton)


Life, Give me Reason to Dance Badly

"Women have higher graduation rates than men at all academic levels and by 2019 they are projected to account for 60 percent of all American undergraduates. In 2009, they accounted for more than half of all people employed in management and professional occupations.
But at all levels of education, women still earn only 75 percent of what men earn."


Deja Gif

Watch .gif, play music, repeat.

Galileo Galilei, Marie Curie, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Isaac Newton, Louis Pasteur, Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein, Carl Sagan, Thomas Edison, Aristotle, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Richard Dawkins and Charles Darwin
National Geographic August 1938

Anne & her family lived alone on an island. She enjoyed having tea time with her friends the spiny lobster and baby hawk.

"We are a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatibile with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love."

- Dr. Seuss



Conversation Galante

I OBSERVE: “Our sentimental friend the moon!
Or possibly (fantastic, I confess)
It may be Prester John’s balloon
Or an old battered lantern hung aloft
To light poor travellers to their distress.”
She then: “How you digress!”

And I then: “Someone frames upon the keys
That exquisite nocturne, with which we explain
The night and moonshine; music which we seize
To body forth our own vacuity.”
She then: “Does this refer to me?”
“Oh no, it is I who am inane.”

“You, madam, are the eternal humorist,
The eternal enemy of the absolute,
Giving our vagrant moods the slightest twist!
With your air indifferent and imperious
At a stroke our mad poetics to confute—”
And—“Are we then so serious?”
TS Eliot 

Too Much

Too much caffeine, too many words and joy taken from watching odd .gifs whilst listening to music.

.gifs from and from


"Went to dinner with former intern Rhombonica tonight. She's in New Orleans now just like me. Except her situation is more permanent and mine is more thief in the night. We hid out in a photo booth and also there was a cat there who sat at the bar."

Photo by Ben LeRoy


Storm in the Mountains by 

Albert Bierstadt (1830 - 1902)


My mom's favorite artist. Two framed prints in the house full of nature's drama and light.

Tickle Tim

The Talking Pickle


2011 AD—On May 21st, Judgment Day will begin and the rapture (the taking up into heaven of God’s elect people) will occur at the end of the 23-year great tribulation. On October 21st, the world will be destroyed by fire (7000 years from the flood; 13,023 years from creation)

The latest Biblical interpretation from EBible Fellowship.

So, what do you do? Behave in a manner befitting a terrified sinner? Or sink into sin to your neck and wait for the Hell Maw to open?


In Between

This Love

Craig Armstrong featuring Liz Fraser of the Cocteau Twins (see this you are as enchanted with her)

Scene in NYC

Taken at BEA

More Eagles Than You Can Shake A Fish Head At