I don’t usually link to long-g-g-g-g interviews, but I happened to come across two this week that are worth your time. If, for starters, you want to hear about what really hurt Frank Sinatra, whether or not Hollywood believed Marilyn Monroe committed suicide, how movie careers were built in the Golden Age, or who dominated the room when Marilyn and Liz Taylor were both in it, then you won’t want to miss Illeana Douglas with Ruta Lee, who, to be honest, makes more of an impact here than she did in any of the several classic movies I’ve seen her in:
If you want to hear about the effect the Superfly soundtrack had on an eight-year-old black kid who would one day be (falsely) accused of murdering Run DMC’s Jam Master Jay, then please take the time to listen to Jason Whitlock’s interview with Twitter master and documentary filmmaker Curtis Scoon. (If you want to get an interesting perspective on that part of Black America which is not under anyone’s thumb, you should follow Scoon’s Twitter account, which you can find by typing “Curtis Scoon Twitter” into your search engine…don’t worry, when you’ve found him, you’ll know it’s him. Whitlock’s own Twitter feed is more of the same from a sports perspective, and often hilarious.)
This is something like seventy years of American history you won’t read much about in books in a little over two hours. If you listen to all of it, you’ll learn things.