Category Archives: B — READING

READINGMAY 2019

27681. (Rut­ger Berman) Utopia for Real­ists
27682. (Richard Car­ri­er) The Sci­en­tist in the Ear­ly Roman Empire
(Else Har­toch -ed.) Moudre au Pays des Tun­gri:
. . . . 27683. (Else Har­toch) Intro­duc­tion [pref­ace]
. . . . 27684. (Else Har­toch) Les habi­tudes ali­men­taires et agri­coles du chef-lieu de la cité des
. . . . . . . . Ton­gres et ses régions envoisi­nantes [arti­cle]
. . . . 27685. (Else Har­toch & Lies­beth Van Camp) Les meules dans les con­textes rit­uels
. . . . . . . . [arti­cle]
. . . . 27686. (Else Har­toch & Ide Man­teleers) Évo­lu­tion typologique et fonc­tion­nem­net des
. . . . . . . . meules à tra­vers le temps [arti­cle]
. . . . 27687. (Else Har­toch et al) Un moulin à min­erai? [arti­cle]
. . . . 27688. (Tat­jana Gluhack, Eric Goe­maere & Else Har­toch) Prove­nance des matières
. . . . . . . . pre­mières et dif­fu­sion des meules [arti­cle]
. . . . 27689. (Frans Dop­eré, Else Hatoch & Ste­fanie Wefers) Pro­duc­tion de meules de la
. . . . . . . . préhis­toire à l’époque postro­maine [arti­cle]
. . . . 27690. (Else Har­toch et al) Cat­a­logue et méthodolo­gie util­isée [arti­cle]
. . . . 27691. (Else Har­toch et al) Con­clu­sions [arti­cle]
27692. (Lawrence Bark­well) The Metis Men of the Lewis and Clark Expe­di­tion [arti­cle]
27693. (Robert J. Lifton) Thought Reform and the Psy­chol­o­gy of Total­ism
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READINGAPRIL 2019

27661. (Oliv­er Diet­rich, et al) Göbek­li Tepe ― Pre­lim­i­nary Report on the 2012 and 2013
. . . . . Exca­va­tion Sea­sons [arti­cle]
27662. (Jean Man­co) Ances­tral Jour­neys ― The Peo­pling of Europe from the First Ven­tur­ers to
. . . . . the Vikings
27663. Fun-Size Beano #84 [comix]
27664. (John F. Hel­li­well, Richard Layard & Jef­frey D. Sachs) World Hap­pi­ness Report 2019
27665. (J. R. Miller) Sky­scrap­ers Hide the Heav­ens: A His­to­ry of Indi­an-White Rela­tions in
. . . . . Cana­da
27666. (Michaël Thevenin & Anna Mikhkian) Le ronde aux mou­tons: pra­tiques de gar­di­en­nage
. . . . . col­lec­tif des trou­peaux com­mu­naux en Arménie [arti­cle]
27667. (Bar­bara Woot­ton) Free­dom Under Plan­ning
(William Brei­d­ing -ed.) Portable Stor­age One [Spring 2019]
. . . . 27668. (William Brei­d­ing) Crow’s Car [edi­to­r­i­al]
. . . . 27669. (Aljo Svo­bo­da) Imper­fect Rec­ol­lec­tions [arti­cle]
. . . . 27670. (Dale Nel­son) Sort of Like Tolkien [arti­cle]
. . . . 27671. (William Brei­d­ing) Mus­ings of an Unlit­er­ary Man [arti­cle]
. . . . 27672. (John Fugazzi) The Piv­ot Point: The Bea­t­les’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lone­ly Hearts Club
. . . . . . . . . Band [arti­cle]
. . . . 27673. (Janet K. Miller) Blue [arti­cle]
. . . . 27674. (William Brei­d­ing) Review of Anni­hi­la­tion by Jeff Van­der­meer [review]
. . . . 27675. (Vin­cent McHardy) Not a Good Day to Die [arti­cle]
. . . . 27676. (Ray Wood) Let­ter of Com­ment [let­ter]
. . . . 27677. (Gary Hub­bard) Let­ter of Com­ment [let­ter]
. . . . 27678. (G. Sut­ton Brei­d­ing) The Gor­gon of Pos­es [arti­cle]
27679. (W. D. Val­gar­d­son) Gen­tle Sin­ners
27680. (Knut Rass­mann -ed.) High Pre­ci­sion Tripolye Set­tle­ment Plans, Demo­graph­ic
. . . . . Esti­ma­tions and Set­tle­ment Orga­ni­za­tion [arti­cle]

READINGMARCH 2019

27649. (Michael Breen) The New Kore­ans
27650. (Kon­stan­ti­nos Kopa­nias & Sher­ry C. Fox) Head­shap­ing and Iden­ti­ty at Tell Nad­er
. . . . . [arti­cle]
27651. (M. Ginolfi, et al) Where Does Galac­tic Dust Come From? [arti­cle]
27652. (Hergé) Tintin au Con­go
27653. (John T. Koch) Hα C1α ≠ PC [The Ear­li­est Hall­statt Iron Age Can­not Equal Pro­to-
. . . . . Celtic] [arti­cle]
27654. (W. D. Val­gar­d­son) Thor
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(Richardson 1965) The Loved One

This is the kind of film that should be seen by hap­pen­stance. A delib­er­ate view­ing can’t match the deli­cious plea­sure of stum­bling upon it by chance. I real­ly shouldn’t even be telling you about it.

In 1947, the British nov­el­ist Eve­lyn Waugh was approached by Hol­ly­wood for a pos­si­ble film­ing of his nov­el Brideshead Revis­it­ed. The book’s two essen­tial com­po­nents were a heavy dose of the mys­ti­cal upper-class Catholi­sism which exists only in Eng­land and bears no resem­blance to Catholi­cism any­where else, and a steamy homo­sex­u­al yearn­ing that man­ages to nev­er men­tion homo­sex­u­al­i­ty. The idea that this would have been made into a film even vague­ly resem­bling the orig­i­nal was ludi­crous, but Waugh was hap­py to let Hol­ly­wood give him an all-expense-paid trip to Los Ange­les to hag­gle. Waugh had no inten­tion of going through with the deal. Waugh was a snob — he was revolt­ed that “low­er-class” ser­vice peo­ple spoke to him as an equal, detest­ed Amer­i­can infor­mal­i­ty, and com­plained about every­thing. But snobs often write the best satire (think Thack­er­ay), as they have no com­punc­tions about hurt­ing people’s feel­ings. Hol­ly­wood is a bizarre, arti­fi­cial, and goofy place even for Amer­i­cans, and Waugh found plen­ty of mate­r­i­al for his next satir­i­cal nov­el, The Loved One, which appeared in 1948. He was par­tic­u­lar­ly fas­ci­nat­ed by Amer­i­cans’ pecu­liar atti­tudes towards death and (to a Brit) weird funer­al cus­toms. The plot is sim­ple: A young Eng­lish­man with a posh edu­ca­tion but no par­tic­u­lar ambi­tion wins a trip to Hol­ly­wood, and stays with an Uncle who is a stal­wart in the expat British com­mu­ni­ty in the film stu­dios. His host com­mits sui­cide, leav­ing him to fend for him­self on this alien plan­et. Attend­ing to his uncle’s funer­al, he becomes involved with Aimée Thanatogenos, an embalmer work­ing at Whis­per­ing Glades Ceme­tery, a spec­tac­u­lar­ly vul­gar Dis­ney­land of Death cre­at­ed by the mega­lo­ma­ni­ac Blessed Rev­erend Glen­wor­thy. He encoun­ters an assort­ment of lunatics, all of them dis­play­ing extreme ver­sions of Amer­i­can cul­ture that Waugh found offen­sive and laugh­able. As in many of Waugh’s books, and many of the same ilk, the “hero” dis­plays no notice­able virtues oth­er than not being one of the loonies. 

Tony Richard­son, a British direc­tor who had scored big with crit­i­cal­ly acclaimed and finan­cial­ly suc­cess­ful films (Look Back in Anger; The Enter­tain­er; A Taste of Hon­ey; The Lone­li­ness of the Long Dis­tance Run­ner; Tom Jones) filmed the book in 1965. The script was writ­ten by the wild­ly unlike­ly com­bi­na­tion of Ter­ry South­ern and Christo­pher Ish­er­wood. South­ern is not much read now, but in 1965 he was in lit­er­ary vogue, and usu­al­ly paired with Kurt Von­negut as a satirist. Ish­er­wood was a gay play­wright and nov­el­ist who had chron­i­cled the sex­u­al under­ground of Weimar Ger­many, and would lat­er reach a wide audi­ence with Cabaret. Waugh had vicious­ly car­i­ca­tured Ish­er­wood in one of his nov­els, but in that cat­ty lit­er­ary crowd such things appar­ent­ly did not mat­ter much. The film script sticks fair­ly close to the book, but adds a some scenes that make it fit in bet­ter with 1965. These addi­tions would, I sus­pect, have been fine with Waugh. Visu­al­ly, the film is a feast. Every shot fills the eye with details just as fun­ny as the sit­u­a­tions and the dia­log. Every cut serves a satir­ic pur­pose. But the real bonan­za is the cast­ing. Aimée Thanatogenos is played to per­fec­tion by Anjanette Cormer, whose remark­able tal­ent was nev­er well-used by Hol­ly­wood. The Eng­lish hero is played by Robert Morse, one of the few Amer­i­can actors at the time who could con­vinc­ing­ly play an Eng­lish­man — while the vul­gar Amer­i­can film mogul is played by Rod­dy Mac­Dowall, then still best known as a for­mer Eng­lish child star. Lib­er­ace turns in a hilar­i­ous per­for­mance as a funer­al direc­tor — he real­ly missed a chance to be a great com­ic film actor. Jonathan Win­ters plays both the Rev­erend Glen­wor­thy and his incom­pe­tent twin broth­er, mak­ing each char­ac­ter a gem. Rod Steiger chews the scenery with the moth­er-obsessed and near­ly psy­chot­ic Mr. Joy­boy. Paul Williams is a child rock­et sci­en­tist. The actu­al Hol­ly­wood Eng­lish Con­tin­gent (reg­u­lar­ly cast as “Lords and but­lers”) essen­tial­ly play them­selves: John Giel­gud, Robert Mor­ley, Alan Napi­er. Mil­ton Berle, James Coburn, Mar­garet Leighton, Bar­bara Nichols, Lionel Stander, and Bernie Kopell do well-craft­ed bits. There are numer­ous Hol­ly­wood in-jokes that the audi­ence could hard­ly have been expect­ed to catch. For exam­ple, the cow­boy film star who is being absurd­ly voice-coached by the stu­dio to play an Eng­lish Lord is played by Robert Eas­t­on. Eas­t­on was him­self a voice coach, and one of the worlds great­est author­i­ties on Eng­lish dialects. Many in the cast were clos­et­ed gays. Tab Hunter plays a tour guide! 

It’s extra­or­di­nary that this satir­i­cal film, made 54 years ago, based on a book writ­ten 71 years ago, remains rel­e­vant and bit­ing­ly fun­ny.

READINGFEBRUARY 2019

27625. (Alber­to Ren­zul­li et al) Pan­tel­le­ria Island as a Cen­tre of Pro­duc­tion for the Archa­ic
. . . . . Phoeni­cian Trade in Basaltic Mill­stones [arti­cle]
27626. (Kenan Işik & Rifat Kuvanç) A New Part of Horse Trap­ping Belong­ing to Urart­ian King
. . . . . Min­ua from Adana Archae­ol­o­gy Museim and on Urišḫi-Urišḫusi-Urur­da Words in
. . . . . Urart­ian [arti­cle]
27627. (Fri­da Beck­man) Gilles Deleuze
27628. (Gina L. Barnes) Chi­na, Korea and Japan ― The Rise of Civ­i­liza­tion in East Asia
27629. (John T. Toth) For­ma­tion of the Indo-Euro­pean Branch­es in the Light of the
. . . . . Archaeo­ge­net­ic Rev­o­lu­tion [arti­cle]
27630. (Nuwan Abey­war­dana et al) Indige­nous Agri­cul­tur­al Sys­tems in the Dry Zone of Sri
. . . . . Lan­ka: Man­age­ment Trans­for­ma­tion Assess­ment and Sus­tain­abil­i­ty [arti­cle]
27631. (William S. Ayres) Review of Rapanui: Tra­di­tion and Sur­vival on East­er Island by
. . . . . Grant McCall [review]

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READINGJANUARY 2019

27611. (Bruno Ernst) The Mag­ic Mir­ror of M. C. Esch­er
27612. (Ľubomír Novák) Yagh­no­bi: An Exam­ple of a Lan­guage in Con­tact [arti­cle]
27613. (Bas­ti­aan Star et al) Ancient DNA Reveals the Arc­tic Ori­gin of Vikin Age Cod from
. . . . . Haithabu, Ger­many [arti­cle]
27614. (Bob Wood­ward) Fear ― Trump in the White House
27615. (Olivi­er Pute­lat et al) Une chas­se aris­to­cra­tique dans le ried cen­tre-Alsace au pre­mie
. . . . . moyen âge [arti­cle]
27616. (Phil R. Bell & Philip J. Cur­rie) A Tyran­nosaur Jaw Bit­ten by a Con­fa­mil­ial: Scav­eng­ing
. . . . . or Fatal Ago­nism? [arti­cle]
27617. (Ian Hod­der) Where Are We Going? The Evo­lu­tion of Humans and Things
27618. (Rebec­ca Miles -ed.) Eye­wit­ness Trav­el: Cana­da
27619. (Steven A. Rosen) Cult and the Rise of Desert Pas­toral­ism: A Case Study from the
. . . . . Negev [arti­cle]
27620. (Justin Son­nen­burg & Eri­ca Son­nin­burg) The Good Gut
27621. (Kevin Sachs) Does Chris­ten­dom Explain Europe? [arti­cle]
27622. (John D. Rock­e­feller) Ran­dom Rem­i­nis­cences of Men and Events
27622. (Or Rosen­boim) Bar­bara Woot­ton, Friedrich Hayek and the Debate on Demo­c­ra­t­ic
. . . . . Fed­er­al­ism in the 1940s [arti­cle]
27623. (Jack Elliott) Hiver­nant Métis Fam­i­lies, Brigades and Set­tle­ments in the Cypress Hills
. . . . . [arti­cle]
27624. (S. B. Kli­menko & M. V. Stanyukovich) Yat­tuka and Tuwali Ifu­gao Hud­hud: Yat­tuka,
. . . . . Keley-1, and Tuwali Ifu­gao Inter­fer­ence [arti­cle]

READINGDECEMBER 2018

27580. (Mario Liv­erani) The Ancient Near East ― His­to­ry, Soci­ety and Econ­o­my
27581. (John­ny Hart) B.C. ― Great Zot, I’m Beau­ti­ful
27582. (Ni Sheng; U Wa Tang & Adam Gry­de­høj) Urban Mor­phol­o­gy and Urban
. . . . . Frag­men­ta­tion in Macau, Chi­na: Island City Devel­op­ment in the Pearl Riv­er Delta
. . . . . Megac­i­ty Region [arti­cle]
27583. (Fred C. Woud­huizen) The Luwian Hiero­glyph­ic Con­tri­bu­tion to the Alpha­bet [arti­cle]
27584. (Robert van Gulik) The Emperor’s Pearl
(Kath­leen Warnock) Best Les­bian Erot­i­ca:
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READINGNOVEMBER 2018

27556. (Philip José Farmer) Sail On! Sail On! [sto­ry]
27557. (Joan Collins) The Snow Queen [ill. Kathie Lay­field]
27558. (Clive Gam­ble) Archae­ol­o­gy: The Basics
The Mag­a­zine of Fan­ta­sy [& Sci­ence Fic­tion], Vol.1, #1, Fall 1949:
. . . . 27559. (Lawrence E. Spi­vak) Intro­duc­tion [pref­ace]
. . . . 27560. (Cleve Cart­mill) Bells on His Toes [sto­ry]
. . . . 27561. (Perce­val Lan­don) Thurn­ley Abbey [sto­ry]
. . . . 27562. (Philip Mac­Don­ald) Pri­vate ― Keep Out! [sto­ry]
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READINGOCTOBER 2018

27536. [2] (Ray Brad­bury) Dan­de­lion Wine
27537. (Ian Tat­ter­sall) The Acqui­si­tion of Human Unique­ness [arti­cle]
27538. (T. S. Vasu­lu) Genet­ic Struc­ture of a Trib­al Pop­u­la­tion: Breed­ing Iso­la­tion among the
. . . . . Yanadis [arti­cle]
27539. (Vera South­gate) The Princess and the Frog [ill. Mar­tin Aitchi­son]
27540. (Alis­sa Mit­tnik et al) The Genet­ic Pre­his­to­ry of the Baltic Sea Region [arti­cle]
27541. (Sharon Abramowitz) Epi­demics {Espe­cial­ly Ebo­la} [arti­cle]
27544. (Chris Buck­ley & Aure­lien Bree­den) Head of Inter­pol Dis­ap­pears, and Eyes Turn
. . . . . Toward Chi­na [arti­cle]
27545. (Ian Mor­ris) Death-Rit­u­al and Social Struc­ture in Clas­si­cal Antiq­ui­ty
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READINGSEPTEMBER 2018

27509. (Bar­bara Newhall Fol­lett) The House With­out Win­dows and Eepersip’s Life There
27510. (John Ljungkvist & Per Frölund) Gam­la Upp­sala ― The Emer­gence of a Cen­tre and a
. . . . . Mag­nate Com­plex [arti­cle]
27511. (John T. Koch) La fór­mu­la epi­grafi­ca Tarte­sia a la luz de los des­cubriemien­tos de la
. . . . . necrópo­lis de Medel­lín [arti­cle]
27512. (E. Lynn & Chuck Mor­ton) Fer­rets
27513. (Zhuo Feng et al) Late Per­mi­an Wood-bor­ings Reveal an Intri­cate Net­work of
. . . . . Eco­log­i­cal Rela­tion­ships [arti­cle]
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