God and the Duke

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“What’s this I hear- you got religion?”  John Wayne studied the man’s face for his reaction to the straight-forward question.  Duke had become acquainted with Stuart Hamblen when Hamblen had appeared in Duke’s 1945 film, “Flame of the Barbary Coast.” Even by then, Hamblen had become a well known womanizer, gambler, and alcoholic.  But something […]

Bukowski’s “God”

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“Jeffers is my god,” Bukowski often said, and, as far as poetry was concerned, that was true. Robinson Jeffers, king of the long lines and the jaundiced outlook, was once the fair-haired boy of American poetry, the first poet ever to grace the cover of Time magazine and even later, after his career and ultimately […]