The Theda Bara Sandwich

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Donnie Ashworth

I’m glad you liked this one. 🙂 Alas, I probably won’t try it, as pickles or mayonnaise aren’t my thing; but it sounds like an interesting taste combination. That photo of Theda is a great one—so quintessentially her—don’t think I’ve ever seen that one. By the way, have you read the Eve Golden biography of Theda? I read it about a year ago, and I thought it was very interesting and well-written.

Donnie Ashworth

I’d like to read “Why Not Try God?” too. I recently read Miriam Cooper’s auto-bio—a most interesting book, though Miriam doesn’t come across as an entirely likable person. But I’ll tell you the best silent film autobiography I’ve ever read—in fact, the most entertaining book on silent film, period I’ve ever read: “Adventures with D.W. Griffith” by Karl Brown. If you haven’t read that one, don’t miss it. It’s fascinating, and often hilarious.

Donnie Ashworth

If you’re like me, it’s hard to get around to reading everything you’d like to, but I have to mention one more good one I read awhile back: “When the Movies Were Young” by Linda Arvidson (Mrs. D.W., at that time.) I found it a likable book, and interesting (though not nearly so much as the Brown book). There is a lot that Arvidson obviously leaves out, and the first few chapters were a little less interesting, but overall I think she does an wonderful job of conveying the excitement and discovery in those early days at Biograph. It’s out… Read more »