December 13, 2008

On the Nacirema

James Lileks (author of some ESSENTIAL books) is always entertaining and sometimes downright percipient in fingering the squirmiest aspects of American culture. In a recent posting he unreels Peter Lorre's Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939 --and available via Amazon) and includes some wonderful stills:

of which he notes
Augh! It's like a blow-up love toy for a planet of mimes
You might also enjoy his Coffee and Chrome: restaurants from the days before the chains among other things on the Menu at his site, like Fargo 1950 and The Institute of Official Cheer.

Posted by oook at December 13, 2008 11:12 AM