Paisley Currah made the decision to transition after he had already become a tenured political science professor at the Brooklyn College, City University of New York. “It’s hard to get fired when you have tenure, but even in that situation I was nervous about it,” Currah says. It went relatively smoothly, much like his childhood in the “gender-free culture” of the 1970s, when there were fewer rules about how young ladies were expected to act. Like many other trans men, he says that his path, though trying, has been an easier one than those trans women have to walk. “The culture tends to assign more authority and gravitas to men,” says Currah, noting that he gets fewer late papers now than when he appeared female. “It makes me think a lot about the pervasiveness of sexism.”
Today is Agnes Moorehead’s 113th birthday. Everyone loves her amazing over-the-top scenery-chewing performance as Endora on Bewitched. She was fierce before fierce was fierce. You should also watch Citizen Kane and pay attention to her character: simply perfection. Then, she stole focus in every scene in What’s the Matter With Helen? and Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte, she made you want to watch her every move, to not miss a second of her. She was in Pollyanna and Rain Tree County and Dark Passage (have you seen Dark Passage? Amazing.) She carved out a bigger-that-life life that no one has replicated. read her full bio and watch a view clips here: Happy Birthday Agnes Moorehead | waldina.
Detroit’s horrible, beautiful decline has been so well documented by urban explorers that to the outside world, it might seem it’s the only thing to know about this once great industrial metropolis. And yet undeniably, it’s vast urban abandonment is intensely interesting. My latest guilty fascination is the Detroit’s renaissance revival theatre that has ended up of all things, as a car park. (via The Car Park Theatre of Detroit | Messy Nessy Chic)
Today is the 75th birthday of Jean Seberg. I do love that a girl from Iowa can become so beloved by the French. Her story reads like a Greek tragedy: fame, three husbands, suicide at 40. Breathless is available on NetFlix/Hulu, you should watch it. Read the full bio and watch a film clip here: Happy Birthday Jean Seberg | waldina.
Yesterday Was Elsa Lanchester’s 111st birthday. I tried to include a wide range of photos because if you are like me, you will have had no idea that the Bride of Frankenstein was the same woman as one of your favorite episodes of To Catch A Thief. Range and longevity are unique in her line of work. The more I have been learning about her life and career, the more I simply adore her. Raise a glass and toast Elsa Lanchester on her birthday and see if you can learn a bit from her life. She really really lived it. You can read my full bio and watch video clips at my sister site:
“As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it — whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, he is trash.” – Harper Lee, “To Kill a Mockingbird” (via harper | muffy bolding)
King Oscar’s Smorgasbord was located at 4312 Aurora Avenue North. This photograph was filed by the “Seattle Post-Intelligencer” on November 22, 1959, but the family looks to be dressed in Easter clothes. This Swedish restaurant had several famous guests, including the crown prince of Denmark and Wendell Wilkie, who all signed the guest book. Bill Jensen was the general proprietor. Not only was the restaurant known for its smorgasbord, but customers loved the Swedish pancakes. The Swedish pancakes were served king’s style, filled with a rich cream sauce, chicken, and mushrooms, all served from a chafing dish at the table - Scandinavian style. Upstairs was a cocktail lounge called the Fjord Room, which featured Scandinavian decoration. A drink called “the Voyager” was served in a bowl for two with little Viking ships floating in it. The restaurant was truly a warm, inviting, Scandinavian mountain chalet with dark wood beams and vibrant red, yellow, and blue colors throughout the restaurant. (Courtesy of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection) (via Field Trip - King Oscar’s Restaurant, 1959)
This 1960 photograph shows Walter Clark standing in front of his Dublin House restaurant. The upscale dining establishment featured cherished items brought from Ireland. (Courtesy of the Bob Miller Collection)