Author Archives: Kaze

At 317am, Time to Dim the Lights

image of barack obama raising a glass of beer

Today’s post–and trust me, it was no easy call–is my last for 317am.  It’s the last for any of us—whether Kaze, Ras, or Ted the Cat—till  who knows when.  We may be back someday, but we just don’t know. On … Read more »

Go Ahead Bird, Go Ahead and Sing

image of Ted the Cat at the window

Spring has officially sprung around here and on the lawn the robins hunt worms.  The sight of the first robins has been positively mesmerizing to our Ted for many an April morning going on 18 years.  These days I have … Read more »

The Man Who Knew Everyone

image of painting of Count Harry Kessler by Edvard Munch

The most interesting thing I’ve read this week was an article in the New Yorker called “Diary of an Aesthete,” by Alex Ross.  It’s about Count Harry Kessler, who, in 1868 “was born in Paris, the son of a wealthy … Read more »

Nashville Cat

image of Ted the Cat looking a little forlorn

I spent the weekend in Nashville, visiting my middle daughter, Elizabeth.  Nashville has its attractions—the music, the restaurants, the honky-tonks, the (shall we say) colorful tourists.  For me, however, it has Elizabeth—sufficient reason to travel anywhere on earth.  We spent … Read more »

Kaze: Through with Pauline Kael

image of a german poster for "the Red Shoes"

A couple of Fridays ago I tucked myself in on the couch and watched, for the fourth or fifth time, The Red Shoes. I’m no expert on ballet movies, but my guess is that The Red Shoes is the most … Read more »

Not Every Critic’s a Parasite, but . . .

image of Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood"

(Author’s note: I was about to post an illustration today of why I loathe Pauline Kael–I find that returning to her movie reviews is like picking at a scab–when I realized I’d posted a more temperate, less ad Kaelinam, piece … Read more »