Terry, TMW, is home early from work and watching “Crazy Rich Asians”. She said she wanto so come along to my Michael Krasny literature omnibus at Stanford tonite, which is “A Streetcar Named Desire” and Faulkner “Barn Burning”. I had rented the Marlon Brando version of such — pay per view – and hoped to get a little blue screen time as well. I mean Williams, although I did write earlier here in Plastic Alto about screen lifts of “Barn Burning” the story.
Awkwafina is the reason I saw both “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Ocean 8”. Her breakthru in 2012 was a blue-rated parody video about her Virginia. (Whereas the Faulkner is about his Yoknatawpha….feel me?) I only peaked at it — the movie — for 9 seconds along enough long time to catch a bit of Awkwafina visiting the rich lady’s house which they call “based on Palace of Versailles” or something and A_ asides “and Donald Trump’s bathroom”. Which I also captured her. (Capture the Vag?)
I also like to say, but have not been able to suss-taint — that I saw somewhere in Steinbeck maybe “In Dubious Battle” use of a contraction (!) of “vagrant” “on the vag” I guess with a hard “G”.
Anyways I hope to catch a lick of more Brando as Stanley.
b/w I had a cold-call that went well today with a distant cousin in Chicago named Tom Asch who owned a cafe, edited “Strong Coffee” a literary journal, married an artist, is a lawyer, defends democracy from corruption AND has a brother named Jamie Asch that search-injun says once played in a Brando tribute live theatre in city of big Shoulders (Carl Sandburg). He played Brando in his 40s whereas other actors did 20s (i.e Stanley) and 80s ie post-Apocalypse and maybe Wounded Knee.
But the pic is likely not my cousin. Close enough for Plasty:
Asch, Jamie and Tom
Crazy Rich Asians
Davis, Terry Acebo
In Dubious Battle
Yoknapatawpha, Mississippi (fictional, but close enough for Plastic Alto)