Embrace the Zeitgeist
Early morning here in Hollywood - a deep marine layer rolled in off the cold Pacific during the night - dark and damp. Coffee helps. Sun by noon? Perhaps.
Two days ago I noticed another LAPD helicopter circling low just outside my window. A double murder. A drifter broke into a few apartments three blocks away and took out two old men, a seventy-year old doctor and a ninety-one-year-old screenwriter - Robert Lees, one of the first screenwriters to be blacklisted in Hollywood during the McCarthy days. Lees wrote a lot of the Abbott and Costello movies. Lees was decapitated and the drifter fellow trotted off with his head. The drifter fellow in now in custody. Life in the big city.
Perhaps this drifter fellow read Ann Coulter's stirring defense of Joe McCarthy in Ann's latest book, "Treason" - and took her seriously.
Ah, probably not. Just another crazy.
This note from my friend Rick Brown in Atlanta.
Stanley Avenue, the crime scene, on a sunny morning - looking south from Hollywood Boulevard to Sunset Boulevard...