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Catching Up With the Manson Family

Recently I came across a letter that Charlie Manson had written from prison. The story of how this happened is a good one, but would best be told in private. In a moment of weakness, or brilliance, depending on your point of view, I traded it for two ounces of weed. This relative good fortune put Manson back in my consciousness and led me to buy Jeff Guin’s fabulous book on Manson, which in turn made me wonder, “Just where are all these freaks now?”

It has been 45 years or so since this little, opportunistic sociopath charmed and bedeviled a cadre of followers into doing some really bad things. Here is what they are up to today.

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Charles Manson

Who: Awesome cult leader, mediocre musician, convicted of arranging 7 murders.

Where he is now: Just doing his thing in Corcoran State prison. “We are all our own prisons, we are all our own wardens and we do our own time.… Read the rest

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Hugh Hefner Is Not Dead


The other night I was feeling sleepy and thinking about hitting the hay. Out of nowhere my girlfriend told me that Hugh Hefner had died — she was surfing the internet on her phone. “Damn, Hugh Hefner is dead. The end of an era,” I thought.

The truth is that Hugh Hefner was the last victim of the 2014 death hoaxes that have plagued our collective media culture. Hugh Hefner is alive and well and presumably recovering from celebrating the ushering-in of 2015.

I was prepared to write a memorial about Hef’ and his heralding of the sexual revolution back in the 1950’s, and now I think I’m going to go ahead and highlight the man and his work anyway — after all the Playboy After Dark television show celebrated it’s 45th anniversary in 2014 following its debut in 1969.

Here is a massive playlist of vintage music performances from the show featuring the Grateful Dead, Deep Purple, Ike & Tina Turner, The Byrds, and interviews with celebrities like Sharon Tate from the program which ran through 1970.… Read the rest

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Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir

Roman Polanski in The TenantLaurent Bouzereau’s Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir features the eponymous director in conversation with his longtime friend and producer, Andrew Braunsberg – the pair have known one another since 1964. With that kind of bare-bones conceptualizing it might not come as a surprise to learn that Bouzereau’s bread and butter as a director has been creating extras for DVD’s. Watching filmmakers discuss their work for five minutes, behind-the-scenes, can be entertaining – even illuminating. But an hour and a half of the stuff could try the patience. Fortunately for Bouzereau – and his viewers – Polanski is funny, insightful and eloquent when discussing a life few of us could fathom.

The discussion was filmed during Polanski’s house arrest in Gstaad, Switzerland, in 2009. The director was threatened with extradition to the U.S. to face his infamous sexual misconduct charges dating to 1977. We learn the clandestine details of Polanski’s arrest before he recounts his childhood, growing up in a Jewish ghetto in Nazi-occupied Krakow, Poland.… Read the rest

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