"He instinctively can find the shining greatness of our American culture and does a good job of highlighting it (although he also does have those rare lapses when he writes about hockey, but that is something caused by impurities in the Eastern waters or something)." Erik Keilholtz
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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
I knew [W.C.] Fields well. He used to sit in the bushes in front of his house with a BB gun and shoot at people. Today he'd probably be arrested. He invited me over to his house. He had a girlfriend there. I think her name was Carlotta Monti. Car-lot-ta MON-ti! That's the kind of a name a girl of Fields would have. He had a ladder leading up to his attic. Without exaggeration, there was $50,000 in liquor up there. Crated up like a wharf. I'm standing there and Fields is standing there, and nobody says anything. The silence is oppressive. Finally he speaks: "This will carry me 25 years."
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Someone has spiked the cocoanut milk in this clip from Tales of Manhattan in which Fields' Mr Postlewhistle lectures on the evils of liquid Saturnalia. The scene might have been taken whole from Mr Seal & Co.'s recent sojourn in Gotham. (With subtitles!)
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The title quote at top was attributed to Fields after someone on the set doctored the martini-filled thermos he referred to as his "pineapple juice."