Over the years I have written four letters to The New York Times.Two of them were published which shows that my view points were taken into consideration.

Friday, April 20, 2007

ARRIVING AT THE JFK...a nightmare!

So we came from Europe to JFK with our spirits high after a great vacation. The plane landed on time, and the nightmare begins. We had to stay for 45 minutes inside the plane on the tarmac waiting to disembark. Then that horrible long walk with some employees of the airport screaming at us that we should stay to the right. No rest rooms available during the long march.Then at the passport control, the scene reminds one of frantic people from a Republic Banana asking for exit visas to leave a country that just had a coup. Finally we had to face the carrousel and wait for luggage which were thrown by the baggage handlers like the commercial for Samsonite where a gorilla is pounding and throwing suitcases around. There is also the surprise that we have to pay $ 3 for a cart after having used free carts in all airports in Europe. And it is not over. We still have to face the slow ride through traffic to Manhattan." Forget the land of the free" and think the home of the brave!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


" An evening with Farley Granger" a one-night event celebrating the career of the actor Farley Granger, will take place on Monday, April 23 at the Film Forum at 8 PM. Best known for two key Hitchcock movies ( ROPE and STRANGERS ON A TRAIN) and Visconti´s SENSO, Granger will appear in person to discuss his 50-year career in movies, TV and theater with author/film historian Foster Hirsch and the actor´s longtime partner Robert Calhoun, co-author of Granger´s new memoir, Include Me Out: My life From Goldwyn to Broadway, published by St. Martin´ s Press.
Granger will discuss working with Hitchcock, Nicholas Ray, Viscounti, and Samuel Goldwyn; relationships with intimate friends like Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Patricia Neal, Shelley Winters, and composers Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland; and a career in movies, television and theater that has spanned seven decades.
Following the onstage discussion, Mr Granger will sign copies of his new book in the Film Forum lobby.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Who remember Craig Russell?

He was a female impersonator. However he was very intelligent and his act was not a mere drag show. It was funny, outrageous, great. I remember seeing a show he did in a club near Bloomingdale´s. The opening was glorious. We sat in the dark waiting for the show to begin. Finally a voice announced :

“ Ladies and gentlemen…

Miss Barbra Streisand”.

Nothing happened.

Again the introduction. Nothing happens.

Then a urgent voice is heard whispering:

“ Miss Streisand…they are waiting for you”

The answer came sharp and clear



The big heterosexual myth of all times is about to crumble down. According to the recent biography of Darwin Porter , titled “ Brando Unzipped” the actor was an indefatigable and insatiable consquistador of women... and men. According to Porter, Brando slept with a lot of men such as Burt Lancaster, Laurence Olivier, Tyrone Power, James Dean and others. However the biography of Porter goes further. According to him the gay relationships of Marlon Brando were not mere casual sex encounters. Porter insists that his true love was the actor Wally Cox, with whom Marlon maintained a romance during his entire life, since their childhood when they met.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007


With an artistic career that spans New York, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Seattle and Paris; Sanae Takahata's artwork continues to be innovative, unpredictable and fresh. Self-taught and free from institutional constraints, her work grasps the subject matter with a natural feel of the world around her.Never fitting into a easy to label category, she strives to defy definition using diverse medium such as paint, clay, beads, glass and fabric. Her work has been called everything from German expressionist, fashionable. surreal and psychedelic. She likes to call it an outlet for her energized inspiration.
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