Friday finds

Saddam

Richard Mosse has an online portfolio of photographs taken at Saddam Hussein’s palaces in Iraq. The huge stone heads of Saddam shown above once glowered from the roof of the Republican Guard palace. 

Elmore Leonard on dialogue, literary genres, and ten tips for writing. Marcela Valdes on the new biography of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Elise Valmorbida on books about migrants and migration. Paul Muldoon on poetry past and present.

“Casey may be a Renaissance man, but in the 1970s he demonstrated an unsung talent for making children nearly soil themselves out of terror. For that, to some of us, he’ll always be truly medieval.”

Iggy Pop . . . Michel Houellebecq . . . Cafe Carlisle? Huh?

Beautiful, striking Japanese magazine covers from the early 20th century.

The late David Carradine once tried to get Ralph Bakshi to drop the idea of an animated version of The Lord of the Rings and go with a live-action epic, with Grasshopper as Aragorn. True story

“I played the tape of Tony Bennett and I with Count Basie in 1983, when I looked like some kind of animal caught in the headlights. I don’t even know what I was doing there, trying to sing ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing).’ I couldn’t have swung if you put a rope around my neck at that time.”

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