Olds, your post forces me to publicly confess to something I'm sure anyone who has known me for any amount of time is already aware of, but nevertheless, I have tried to hide. I have no culture. I am an uncultured lout. I do not read fiction. I read tons of history, biographies, current events, political subjects. I’ve tried to read THE GREAT GATSBY and FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS at least 25 times since I was about 15. I’ve never gotten through either one. I have read biographies of both Fitzgerald and Hemingway and a couple books on the lives of writers and artists in Paris in the Twenties. Other than, of course, CATCHER IN THE RYE, around age 13 and a couple of Grisham novels, the only other novels I can remember reading all the way are TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, CASTLE KEEP and CATCH 22. I’ve read Heller’s masterpiece maybe 7 or 8 times and pick it up a few times year to thumb through, which usually ends with me laughing so hard I’m crying (which is why I had at last 3 copies confiscated by teachers in 11th grade when I read it the first time).
Now, after I denigrate the horrific idea of Frank Sinatra being in a Western, you tell me that he is and that the screenplay was written by Joseph Heller. I can’t say the number of times I’ve turned DIRTY DINGUS MCGEE off or changed the channel, mainly because of the name of the film. I do consider Sinatra a superb actor with a stage presence that stuns with its intensity and naturalness. Now, I HAVE to find and see this film that all my instincts tell me to run from. I’ll let you know how it is, Olds – particularly if it’s really bad. Thanks.
Does the title "Dirty Dingus Mcgee" ring any bells? Never seen it myself, despite the delectable, late Michelle Carey being in it. The 1965 movie, the screenplay of which was written by Joseph Heller,... more
Re: Bob, I think he did actually. — Bob Cash,Tue Sep 06 11:03
uncultured, not if you've read "Catch 22" a bunch of times and laugh until you cry. I seldom laugh or cry when reading a book, but when I read "Catch-22" the first time, I surprised myself. (Philip Roth's... more