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Mean Greene Machine

15 April 2014 1:15 AM, PDT | | See recent CultureCatch news »

Travels with My Aunt by Graham Greene

Sometime in the late 1960s (1969 to be exact), when Philip Roth was ripping it up with raw liver, Graham Greene -- lauded, praised, lionized - kicked back and created one of his greatest "entertainments," Travels with My Aunt. He has confessed in interviews that this was his most pleasurable writing experience, and all I can say, as a reader, it certainly delivers on the pleasure principal. Interestingly, Greene's Aunt Augusta calls to mind that other great literary free-wheeling aunt of mid-century, Auntie Mame. But Augusta's not merely an eccentric globe-hopper. Aged yet spry, her relations are deep, dark, and strange -- as is her relationship with the narrator, surely the most milquetoasty, recently retired, dahlia-cultivating, bachelor bank manager in literature.

To say this fellow's up for a life-altering journey is like saying Romanee-Conti is a decent wine with pasta. An understatement. In short order, »

- Ken Krimstein

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'Kirstie's' Kirstie Alley: 'I'm eccentric ... not cozy with kids'

1 January 2014 3:00 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Zap2it: What is it that you like about playing larger-than-life characters, as with your alter ego Maddie on "Kirstie"?

Kirstie Alley: I love "Auntie Mame," and I love "All About Eve." I could go on and on about the movies and the characters I love. I wanted to play that, and it's funny because in real life, I'm sort of the godmother to everybody's kids. And I think, "Why did they choose me?"

I'm eccentric, and I'm not cozy with kids. I'm like, "All right, what do you want for lunch?" Or, "Why would you do something like that?" With the characters I liked when I looked at films growing up, the women were powerful and sort of crazy.

Zap2it: Since you play a stage star in "Kirstie," what are your own thoughts about working on or going to Broadway?

Kirstie Alley: My idea of the »


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