The cavalcade of confusion this week on talk radio is what
brought the old literary gem, Thorne Smith's "Turnabout," to mind this
Many of Smith's comic novels were turned into classic movie comedies and later TV series. His novel "Topper," became a hit movie for MGM in 1937 (with Cary Grant as the ghost George Kirby) and later a popular TV series in the Fifties. Smith's "The Passionate Witch" ultimately became the 1942 hit movie "I Married a Witch" and subsequently that morphed into the TV series "Bewitched."
Smith's novel "The Bishop's Jaegers," which told a story
about a rich geek accompanied by his adventurous secretary and recounts their
reactions when they land in a nudist camp.
It was ahead of its time when it was published in 1932. Apparently it is still a little too edgy to
be adapted into a film script today.
The acquisitions librarian at the World's Laziest Journalist headquarter's tried for twenty years to acquire a copy of "The Bishop's Jaegers." At one point he balked at the chance to purchase a collector's hard back edition for a hundred bucks. Ultimately, at a used bookstore on Wilshire Blvd., in Santa Monica, he stumbled across a used paper back in the bargain bin for a dime.
Isn't it rather poignant to note that Germans are not afraid
of nudity but they are ashamed of their country's participation in war crimes
while Americans are terrorized by the concept of a nudist camp but are
completely unfazed by the remote possibility of any hypothetical involvement in
At this point, some of this columnist's faithful readers might expect this column to segue into a column's end quote using Australian outlaw Ned Kelly's final words, but that, like a War Crimes trial for an American leader, aint' gonna happen.
In an opinion piece titled "Fear and Loathing in the
Bunker," published in the New York Times on January 1, 1974, Hunter S. Thompson
predicted: " . . . an American invasion,
seizure and terminal occupation of all oil-producing countries in the Middle East."
Now the disk jockey will play "The Age of Aquarius," "Springtime for Hitler," and Randy Newman's "Let's Drop the Big One Now!" We have to go dig up a new wedge issue. Have a "no foul, no harm" type week.