“How to Catch 5000 Thieves”

This weekend, in my San Francisco hotel room, I unearthed an intriguingly cheesy 1961 book that catalogs the true occurrences of an oh-so-cunning insurance detective.

Quote from the chapter entitled ‘There is No Thief Like a Dame’: “Rogers and Hammerstein made no error at all when they wrote “There’s nothing like a dame!”. It goes triple when the Cinderellas with claws and the Little Red Riding Hoods with guns in their pockets, these wide-eyed Winnies with larceny in their hearts run to all types, from the beautiful and damned to the ugly and the ridiculous.”

Two Queries: Was that a run-on sentence? and “Winnies”?



Maira Kalman

Kalman’s cute dog illustrations, embroideries, childrens books and much more at the Contemporary Jewish Museum!

Prairie House by Herb Greene

A beautiful example of modern architecture.  Norman, Oklahoma 1960-61.  Photographed by Julius Schulman.

Brigitte Waldach
September 17, 2010, 20:48
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Those of you who know me know that I love red.  Waldach’s work sings to me.

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On this day in history…
September 17, 2010, 20:34
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On this day in 1994, Heather Whitestone of Alabama became the first deaf woman to ever be crowned Miss America… I guess pageants aren’t only about good looks and the ability to tell people what they want to hear.  Oh wait, YES THEY ARE!

Francoise Hardy
September 15, 2010, 16:00
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Major influence in the Ye-Ye female French pop movement of the 1960’s, Hardy was also an actress, model, and astrologer.

Zines On Toast
September 11, 2010, 23:04
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This touring group of UK zinesters+Portland’s Alex Wrekk (Brainscan) did a reading in Santa Cruz on September the 7th.  It was an  inspiring and clever delivery by all, with particularly hilarious accounts by Natalie Last Hours, who recounted her somewhat rocky transformation into a cyclist, and Edd Baldry, who spoke openly of his failed attempt to punch Tony Blair in the face as a political action.