Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Wain Wednesday 19



Gorilla Bananas said...

I've seen more astonished cats than that.

iamfelix said...

Yeah, me too -- a couple of them mine! :-) I liked your bit on Doris Day on your blog:

Doris Day was mockingly referred to as “America’s favourite virgin”, but where’s the shame in that? It’s surely far better than being “America’s haughtiest hussy” or “America’s fattest fishwife”, titles which would be difficult to award because of the fierce competition for them.

Spot on.

Gorilla Bananas said...

Boy, I wrote that a while ago! I'm glad my archives are useful for something!

iamfelix said...

Re: Archives - Very useful, indeed. I'm meandering through them (but we cats read slowly).

iamfelix said...

P.S. For anyone who might be wondering, I was speaking of this on Doris.

s.weasel said...

Actually, wasn't the famous quote, "I knew Doris Day before she a virgin"?

Felix, how did you discover Louis Wain, anyhow?

iamfelix said...

I think that's the quote, Stoaty. Doris was a pretty square gal, though - I read this and found it quite interesting, as someone who at one time only knew her 60s incarnation. Her acting ("The Man Who Knew Too Much," "Love Me Or Leave Me," "Lullabye Of Broadway") was soooo much more capable & interesting than that silly stuff she was given later. And her early recordings with Les Brown's band are excellent. Pop songs (of the non Rock & Roll variety) got pretty silly in the 60s, too. She's a lot like Sinatra - A natural performer, able to make it all look easy.

As for Mr. Wain, I'd learned a bit about him in high school (as he involved 2 of my favorite things, cats & Brits), but then sort of forgot him. When I started looking at eBay (around '97), I kept seeing his postcards and got several books about him/his work. He's a fascinating story.

I read a *lot* (I have no life) :-)