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Blogdanovich is the blog of director, producer, writer, actor, film critic, and author Peter Bogdanovich. He has directed over 25 feature films including international award winners The Last Picture Show, What’s Up, Doc?, Paper Moon, Daisy Miller, Saint Jack, Mask; cult favorites Targets, Texasville, Noises Off, They All Laughed, and A The Thing Called Love, among stars he’s introduced: Cybill Shepherd, Tatum O’Neal, Madeline Kahn, John Ritter, Sandra Bullock; has directed stars Audrey Hepburn, Barbra Streisand, Michael Caine, Cher; best-sellers Who the Devil Made It: Who the Hell's In It, The Killing of the Unicorn; standard texts John Ford, This is Orson Welles; and was a recurring guest-star on the popular HBO series The Sopranos.

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Alder

  • By Peter Bogdanovich
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  • March 18, 2012 4:35 PM
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Ash

  • February 17, 2012 11:39 AM
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Ash, a fast-growing forest tree in the Olive Family, and indigenous to America, Europe, Western Asia and North Africa, has silver-grey bark, graceful foliage and has been, as the Oxford English Dictionary points out, “noted in Teutonic literature from the earliest times.” Ash-trees in the desert indicate a permanent underground water supply. Its close-grained wood has long been held as a charm against drowning, which is why the traditional witch’s broom has an Ash-stake.

A Year and a Day Calender: Rowan

  • January 21, 2012 3:57 PM
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Rowan is a native of Eurasia, a member of the Rose Family which has been naturalized across Alaska and Canada, and From Maine to California.  The word “Rowan” comes from an old Scandinavian word for “red,” referring to the bright red berries that remain on the tree into early winter.  Rowan is also known as Quickbeam, Quicken, or Mountain Ash, and is sometimes called “The Witch,” because witch-wands, once used for finding metal, were made of Rowan.  In the British Isles, Rowan is used as a prophylactic against lightning and also against any kind of witches’ charms; it is believed that bewitched horses can be controlled only with a whip made of Rowan.  Before their battles in ancient Ireland, Druids kindled fires made with Rowan, summoning the spirits to join in the fight.

A YEAR AND A DAY CALENDAR

  • By Peter Bogdanovich
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  • December 22, 2011 9:52 AM
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In the early 1980s, I spent a lot of time reading and writing, mainly a book about the tragic death of Dorothy Stratten. While working on this for over three years, one of the first matters I wanted to solve was the meaning of the Unicorn. The beast had become an issue of some depth between Dorothy and me.

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