The Lost Weekend (1945 USA)

The now very famous title is obviously a reference to what can happen to the confirmed alcoholic when they feel compelled by their bodies to embark on the mother of all benders. As this is an addiction – or a disease, however you prefer to label it – gaps in time tend to occur quite frequently. The drunk will not remember nor care about the depths they have sunk to, but director Billy Wilder was able to superbly capture all of the squalor on film for his audience. The Lost Weekend is almost beyond reproach in its sobering message, sending a strong no-preaching tone. It has a wonderful, sometimes offbeat, script, a wide character range underscored by a marvelous supporting cast and an often moving lead in Ray Milland, our lush under the microscope, who does a grand job projecting despair and cynicism. [Read more…]

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The Story Of Edgar Cayce: There Is A River (Thomas Sugrue)

there_is_a_riverCayce was America’s sleeping prophet – going into trance and describing his client’s health, (or other personal) problems and what to do to heal them, if possible. This book documents in chronological order both the mundane and fascinating events in the life of a most enigmatic man. If you’re considering reading this book it’s probably because you’ve already read something else about Edgar Cayce or a part of the body of philosophy that has grown out of his “readings.” This book will provide the story of his life. This book was publishing originally in the 1940’s and is written by a person who actually knew Edgar Cayce. [Read more…]

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