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  1. Violet Impulse

    When Actors Play Against Type

    Keanu Reeves as a violent and abusive husband in The Gift (2000).
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    True Crime / Life Books

    There's also a follow-up called "Remembrances of the Angels: 50th Anniversary Reminiscences of the Fire No One Can Forget" by John Kuenster and a memoir of a girl who'd survived with horrible burns called "The Fire That Will Not Die" by Michele McBride. Lastly, if you are interested in the boy that set the fire, there's a book that has discussion of his case called "No Disposable Kids" by Larry Brendtro. All of these are well worth reading. I was working on a LARP character background, so I went on a research binge...
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    True Crime / Life Books

    I just started "The Killer Across the Table: Unlocking the Secrets of Serial Killers and Predators with the FBI's Original Mindhunter", the new book by Mark Olshaker & John Douglas. It's about the specifics of the interview and profiling process, with an in-depth focus on four cases (Joseph McGowan, Joseph Kondro, Donald Harvey, and Todd Kohlhepp). I'm finding it interesting so far in large part because these cases don't get talked about very much.
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    What makes you dump a book?

    I dumped a modern urban fantasy series when the protagonist was given an actual guardian angel for a girlfriend. Until that point, it was a fairly enjoyable story about a paramedic who gets roped into caring for the supernatural community of his city. When the series started, it was lots of EMS detail and that's why I was reading it. Then he got the angel girlfriend, and two books down the line his daughter from the future shows up for... I don't even know, but I'm done.
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    From Across The Pond: Royal Weddings and Scandals

    The Kent Amethysts. There's a Twitter account called @courtjeweller that tells you about the various pieces and an accompanying blog that goes into more detail.
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    I Am the Night

    Steve Hodel has written six books about his dad who is both the Black Dahlia Killer and The Zodiac.
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    S03.E08: Now Am Found

    Amelia died peacefully, though suddenly, in her sleep in 2013. Pizzolato said (on Instagram) that a lot of stuff was cut from the finale for time, and this is one of the things that went. He also revealed that Hays and Amelia, after their talk at the bar in the 1990 timeline actually lived happily for almost two decades. "After some private security work, he went on to become Chief of Security at the University, where she had become the writing professor," he wrote. He added, "They never divorced. They had a happy 23 years after 1990".
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    S06.E02: Psychics

    I am reminded of the British performer Derren Brown and the séance episode he performed on Channel 4. He just used regular magician tricks and yet the students attending the séance freaked out. He also did one on professional psychics in the Messiah episode, if you're interested.
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    Back In Time For...

    On a related note, I'd like to recommend a similar short series called "That'll Teach 'Em", which is available on YouTube. It focuses entirely on recreating grammar school of the 1950s.
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    I Am the Night

    I am mixed, so I'm pretty well informed not only on how this trope can play out in real life, but also how TV leans hard on the melodramatic possibilities. And when you have a story sufficiently removed from truth that it's labeled "inspired by", anything can happen with regard to the characters. When I wrote my initial post, the trailer was what we had to go on, and it looked pretty cheesy to me. Now that I have seen the first episode, it's not as bad as I thought it would be, but we haven't gotten to the Dahlia stuff yet.
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    I Am the Night

    There's not nearly enough evidence of any kind to support the George Hodel allegation and I hate tragic mulatto stories. I will probably end up watching anyway so I can complain about specifics instead of just the stuff I see in the trailer.
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    Glass (2019)

    My reason for liking it might be your reason for hating it. The best option for finding out if you're likely to enjoy a movie or not ahead of time is to find specific voices you trust or that agree with you on other movies.
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    Favorite Non-Fiction?

    Folk Horror Revival: Field Studies, Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful and Things Strange by Adam Scovell, and A Green and Pagan Land: Myth, Magic and Landscape in British Film and Television by David Huckvale. I have film event coming up for which I need to do a lot of reading.
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    I Am the Night

    This is a great site / tag if you're interested in the Fauna Hodel story. Larry Harnisch has been researching and writing about the Black Dahlia case for a long time, and he is one of the more reliable people to do so.
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    Monty Python's Flying Circus

    German Baroque composer Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern-schplenden-schlitter-crasscrenbon-fried-digger-dingle-dangle-dongle-dungle-burstein-von-knacker-thrasher-apple-banger-horowitz-ticolensic-grander-knotty-spelltinkle-grandlich-grumble-meyer-spelterwasser-kurstlich-himbleeisen-bahnwagen-gutenabend-bitte-ein-nürnburger-bratwustle-gerspurten-mitzweimache-luber-hundsfut-gumberaber-shönendanker-kalbsfleisch-mittler-aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm. And "French Lecture on Sheep-Aircraft". Listening to them mangle languages with excellent pronunciation was especially fun for me in high school because I was studying French and German at the time.