“The cities are full of women, middle-aged widows, husbands dead, husbands who’ve spent their lives making fortunes, working and working. And then they die and leave their money to their wives, their silly wives. And what do the wives do, these useless women? You see them in the hotels, the best hotels, every day by the thousands. Drinking the money, eating the money, losing the money at bridge. Playing all day and all night. Smelling of money. Proud of their jewelry but of nothing else. Horrible, faded, fat, greedy women… Are they human or are they fat, wheezing animals, hmm? And what happens to animals when they get too fat and too old?”

Charlie Oakley, Shadow of A Doubt (1943)


in and out of the dark


of one hundred movies there’s one that’s fair, one that’s good

and ninety eight that are very bad.

most movies start badly and steadily get


if you can believe the actions and speech of the


you might even believe that the popcorn you chew also

has a meaning of


(well, it might be that people see so many movies

that when they finally see one not

so bad as the others, they think it’s

great. an Academy Award means that you don’t stink

quite as much as your cousin.)

Charles Bukowski, The Last Night of the Earth Poems (1992), Ecco, 2002