Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-code Hollywood

Mark Vieira's book Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-Code Hollywood, published in 1999, offers a fascinating window into a Hollywood era that many people know little about.  It focuses on films made between 1929 and 1934 when studio filmmakers often ignored what became known as the Hays Code. This was basically an attempt by the major studios to head off government censorship by establishing their own code of conduct and enforcement body. In that sense, the term pre-code is a bit of a misnomer , as the code was in place by 1930, but not actively enforced until the summer of 1934. Before rigid…continue reading →

Outliers: The Story of Success

Why are some people super-successful--and other just drift along in obscurity? Does success require brains, opportunity, luck or some other unidentifiable trait? Is the idea of the self-made man a myth or a reality? What real goes in to becoming an outstanding success--an Outlier? Malcolm Gladwell explores the making of successful people through a series of stories and anecdotes, and by using such diverse examples as Bill Gates, The Beatles, and Robert Oppenheimer. His conclusions are very surprising. On another level, Outliers is enjoyable just for its nuggets of trivia--and what that trivia…continue reading →