Franz Kafka’s Facebook Status

“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.”

(Found at Kafka’s Facebook Page.)

Somewhere in Oregon, there is a basement…

…where the internet has punctured the walls of an old newspaper printing room, where fiber optic conduit is still surrounded by a cloud of clippings pasted there by printers of The Oregonian a century ago.


These guys paid attention to the weather…


They kept tabs on how often good old Hurrah Brown (that skinflint!) actually paid his dime for coffee…


They tried their darnedest to keep the work environment orderly…


They tuned in to all the action and horror of the “present, tremendous World War”…


And of course they couldn’t keep their eyes off the girls.


Over at, Cabel has a couple of dozen more pictures of this terrific time capsule of a sub-basement where today’s media flows right through the ghosts of yesterday’s media who, it turns out, are pretty familiar and likeable.

Just a Head’s-Up…

Next year is the 100th anniversary of the crossword puzzle. Start planning your relaxed, coffee-fueled, Saturday-morning celebrations now.

Where I Bought Baseball Cards, 40 Years After This

The late Shinder’s Newsstand, Minneapolis, in 1946.

(Found here and here at Old Minneapolis.)

Jack Nicholson, Jack Torrance, & Jack Napier, the Joker, in One Newspaper Photo


According to Retronaut, “When producer Michael Uslan was first thinking about how to bring a darker version of Batman to the big screen, back in 1980, he saw a photo of Jack Nicholson from The Shining in the newspaper — and he started drawing on it. Uslan turned Nicholson’s famous “Here’s Johnny!” face into the Clown Prince of Crime. And, just nine years later, the rest was movie history.”

(Found at Retronaut.)

Jean Leans On a Board & Reads Sides

That contraption Jean Harlow is propped up in? It’s a leaning board, something like an upended bench or cot that allowed film actresses in elaborate costumes to rest or even nap without mussing their costumes or hair. Here, she’s reading her sides, the pages for that day’s shooting of Dinner at Eight.

(Found at Beguiling Hollywood.)

Grammar Burn!

“Don’t forget,” Mitt Romney said to President Obama at their first debate, “you put $90 billion, like 50 years’ worth of breaks, into—into solar and wind, to Solyndra and Fisker and Tesla and Ener1. I mean, I had a friend who said you don’t just pick the winners and losers, you pick the losers, all right? So this—this is not—this is not the kind of policy you want to have if you want to get America energy secure.”

And Tesla CEO Elon Musk kept quiet. But this week, Tesla won Motor Trend’s prestigious Car of the Year award as the Model S (0-60 in under 6 seconds, ultra-quiet motor, no fuel) became the first car ever to win the award without a combustion engine. And he couldn’t help jabbing back at Mr. Romney’s calling his company a loser:

“In retrospect he was right about the object of that statement, but not the subject.”

(Found at Future Tense.)