This section is a repository of articles which originally appeared as newsgroup postings but which stand on their own as arguments or elucidations. Of the over 900 newsgroup postings I’ve made, these are the ones that represent the most thought, the greatest expenditure of time, and the most value to those readers who will see them months or years after they were written.
If you believe that I’ve omitted an article that you consider worthy of the label “classic,” please let me know. I may not have deliberately rejected its inclusion; rather, it may have fell victim to a selection process that found me rummaging through hundreds of postings, most of which ceased to be relevant once the original context had slipped away with the sands of time.
Where substantial alterations have been made to the original posts, this is noted at the bottom of the page containing the article. Alphabetic characters that have been added to words to correct spelling are denoted by boldfacing; where letters have been removed from a word to correct the spelling, there is no designation. Those wishing to see the original post may do so at Google Groups (Advanced Search). (This is the successor to DejaNews, which previously was linked here.) From their “Advanced Search” page, enter for the article name some key words from my title (Google Groups calls it “Subject”), my name (for better results, enter “Davi*p_hayes@*.*”), and a range of dates shortly before and after the date I’ve specified as the post date. DejaNews sometimes didn’t timestamp an article for a day or two, and when they did get an article the same day, they use Eastern Time, so an article posted by me (then residing in the Pacific Time Zone) from 9 p.m. to Midnight carried the next day’s date on DejaNews.
Google Groups offers comprehensive links to the other articles in a thread, so you may easily find the articles to which I was responding and those which would amplify or extend what was said by me. I trust you’ll notice that I’m detailing how you may go about finding out whether I’ve ever quoted another person’s post out of context!
(My suggestion that you enter as my name “davi*p_hayes@*.*” is based upon this excluding other persons with my name; this allows retrieval regardless of whether I was using an underscore before the “p”; this gives appropriate results no matter which internet service provider I had at the time.)
Re: DETECTIVE STORY (1951)
This deals with abortion as a plot element of a drama made prior to legalization of abortion
Re: Hollywood Ten as Villains — Lardner son’s
This series goes into length about subversives in Hollywood
Thea Von Harbou / How Could She Become Nazi?
This piece debunks commonplace notions about Nazism being in opposition to Communism
This discusses the rare 1956 film version of the George Orwell novel as well as the later film version.
Re: El Zorro
This entails discussion of several movies, but all are related by depiction of the character of Zorro.
Joshua Logan’s “Fanny” vs
The 1961 film version of Fanny is compared and contrasted to the trilogy made of the same story in France during the 1930s
A Plea For Film Digitization (was: Digital restoration of silent
Detailed reasoning on why the preservation of vintage motion pictures should be done on digital media rather than on film stock
The roles an actor is proudest of (Re: F[r]edric March’s best
An actor's favorite role among his films may not be the one he regards as his best. A fresh characterization is more work than a lampoon.
Attenborough’s approach to biopics (was: Lloyd Biopic (Was: Possible biopics))
This goes into how deficiencies in the director’s Ghandi explain the problems in the same director’s feature film entitled Chaplin.
The 36 Plots in literature
Debunks notions about there being no more plots in literature than there were plays by Shakespeare.
Re:shameful — a logo on the video release of Frankenstein
The “Frankenstein” in question is a silent version by Thomas Edison
Other sites of mine that may be of interest:
College Degrees without Classroom Attendance (based on my own experiences)
Last Updated on November 13, 2005, by David P. Hayes.
No significant content added since March 23, 1999.