Thomas Gladysz

Thomas Gladysz
San Francisco, California, United States
February 02
arts journalist
I'm an and arts journalist and author. I write about books, authors, film, music, the visual arts, and popular culture. I contribute to the Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and Other work elsewhere. My interview with poet Allen Ginsberg on the subject of photography appeared in BEAT MEMORIES (National Gallery of Art). I also edited and wrote the introduction to the "Louise Brooks edition" of Margarete Bohme's THE DIARY OF A LOST GIRL (PandorasBox Press). Other work in books published by HarperCollins, University of Nebraska Press, Gale Group, etc.... I'm also the founding Director of the Louise Brooks Society, an internet based archive & international fan club devoted to the legendary silent film star. I've contributed to books on the actress, organized exhibits and screenings, appeared on television and radio, and introduced the actress's films around the world. More about me at Thomas Gladysz

SEPTEMBER 23, 2012 7:19PM

Remembering the original Romney gaffe

Long before hard-hitting, news-making political talk shows cluttered television, and long before Occupy Wall Street challenged the corporate money grab, there was Lou Gordon. I remember watching his show as a teenager, and being inspired by his fighting the good fight.

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SEPTEMBER 5, 2012 1:03PM

Silent film star recalls 1924 Democratic Convention

In the early 1920s, Baby Peggy was the toast of New York. After having co-starred in numerous short comedies - including many with a canine star named Brownie the Wonder Dog, the diminutive actress was set to star in her first feature film, The Darling of New YorkRead full post »

The story of Baby Peggy is a Hollywood fairy tale gone wrong.

Her's is a story of worldwide fame, a fortune stolen, a trust broken, and a childhood lost. It is the epic story of a pint-sized movie star who conquered the world, only to lose it all. It isRead full post »

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AUGUST 25, 2011 2:12PM

Once banned film resurfaces 90 years after scandal

This weekend, movie goers in the San Francisco Bay Area will have the rare opportunity to see a historic film few if any have ever seen on the big screen.

On August 27th, the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum in Fremont, California will screen Leap Year, starring Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle.… Read full post »

These days, Diana Serra Cary lives a quite life in Gustine, California. It's a small town in the Valley south of Modesto and east of San Jose - and not far from Merced where her Father, a one-time cowboy and ranch-hand, worked in the early years of the… Read full post »

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APRIL 21, 2011 2:34AM

Before Greg Mortenson and Three Cups of Tea

Before Greg Mortenson and Three Cups of Tea, before Margaret B. Jones and Love and Consequences, before James Frey and A Million Little Pieces, and even before Clifford Irving and his Autobiography of Howard Hughes, there was Margarete Böhme and The Diary of a Lost Girl.

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John Updike once told me that Louise Brooks was the finest writer to have ever come out of Hollywood. That was his long-held opinion when I met him in 2006. Updike had reviewed the silent film star’s book of autobiographical essays, Lulu in Hollywood, for the New Yorker in 1982.Read full post »

Every year since 1982, the American reading public observes Banned Books Week. This year, as in the past, hundreds of libraries and bookstores draw attention to the problem of censorship by hosting events and by creating displays of challenged works. It’s all about creating awareness.

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SEPTEMBER 14, 2010 2:17AM

An encounter with a curious character

In June, the 59 year old writer F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre took his own life. He set his book and paper-filled New York City apartment on fire and died in the resulting blaze. It was an ugly ending to what was certainly a sad, even tormented life.… Read full post »