A case for Guy Noir

I’m a fan of Garrison Keillor, but he’s in the wrong in trying to squelch a slightly-risque parody T-shirt. As the blogger who tried to sell the shirt points out, no one could possibly confuse it with any of the legitimate APHC souvenirs. There’s a difference between parody and trademark infringement, and this is clearly the former. Keillor, a humorist himself, is only going to come out of this looking like a wet blanket, much as Bill O’Reilly did when he (allegedly) prodded Fox into suing Al Franken.

A guitar beats a woman every time

A Face in the CrowdI don’t read James Lileks‘ blog as often as I should, but my California brother pointed me to it today — as well he should, since Lileks is waxing poetic about one of my all-time favorite movies, “A Face In The Crowd.”

In fact, I was startled to see an Amazon link to the DVD on Lileks’ page; I’d been waiting impatiently for the movie to come out on DVD, and I thought I was on one of those Amazon watch lists which was supposed to notify me of its release.

And, just as my brother predicted, Lileks had some facts about the movie I didn’t realize — including an appearance in it by a man who later became a game show celebrity of sorts.

See It Now (or whenever it comes out)

I watched a trailer online today for Good Night, and Good Luck, and now I can’t wait to see the movie. David Strathairn, a fine actor, looks and sounds eerily like Edward R. Murrow in this movie about Murrow’s battles with Joseph McCarthy. George Clooney, who directed, plays Fred Friendly, and the cast includes a number of other fine actors, including Jeff Daniels, Robert Downey Jr., Patricia Clarkson and Frank Langella.