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Poet Karen Rigby’s “Norma Desmond Descending the Staircase as Salome” inspired The Straddler to rewatch the final scene of Sunset Boulevard, in which Gloria Swanson, as Norma Desmond, as Salome, lost in fantasy, descends the stairs for the close-up she is famously “ready for.”

BY    Editor
October 18, 2023

The Straddler Review: Blending me Softly

In 2008, a group of scientists and researchers led by Dr. Brian J.F. Wong of the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) attempted to catch a rainbow in their hands.

BY    Editor
October 14, 2023

From the Editors: Ingenious Fakes

“[T]he high points of the exhibition were two dead gangsters,” writes Graham Greene in The Lawless Roads, about a hapless freak show he attends at the border between the United States and Mexico.

BY    Editor
October 14, 2023

From the Editors: Coal-Getting

In 1937, the British leftist organization the Left Book Club published George Orwell’s The Road to Wigan Pier, which they had commissioned as an investigation into the bleak living and working conditions of the working class in the industrial north of England.

BY    Editor
October 13, 2023