November 23, 2017


Happy Thanksgiving to Spy Vibers in the States! I hope you enjoy the holiday (and day off!) in whatever manner you celebrate. Rather than share an entertainment story today, I thought I'd just check in personally from the Spy Vibe lair. In past years it was customary on Thanksgiving for my family to gather together around my grandmother in Connecticut. Her husband had been the head of the New York School of Interior Design (his family founded it during WWI), and she always lived in amazing houses. Even after she moved away from their original place in Wilton, my grandmother's eye for detail and design brought us to beautiful spaces, where I always felt safe and felt her unconditional love and support. One of my greatest joys is sharing cultural discoveries (probably why I'm a teacher), and she always validated my curiosity and made me feel heard. I have so many sweet memories of seeing the family expand and of my cousins growing up over the years, as well as memories of car rides with my aunt (which we usually spent processing the intricacies of family relationships). I imagine many of you have similar experiences? We lost my grandmother some years back and I miss her terribly. Perhaps like many families, she was the magnet that drew us all together. I do enjoy the independence that comes from living in the Spy Vibe lair, but holidays are a reminder of a different age, when traditions seemed to have more personal significance. I'm thankful now for the larger community we have built here on-line. And I will probably connect with family far away to see how they are doing. And if my grandmother were still here, I'd love to tell her about all the great films and music I've checked out this week. I think she would have loved these Louis Armstrong sets from Mosaic! Thanks for sharing this day with me, Spy Vibers. Enjoy! In other news, check out my episodes of Cocktail Nation radio as I introduce some of the great spy classics and soundtracks: Episode #1 (Danger Man) and Episode #2 (The 10th Victim), Epsiode #3 (On Her Majesty's Secret Service), Episode #4 (Roger Moore/The Saint), and Episode #5 (The Avengers), Episode #6 (The Prisoner), and Episode #7 (The Ipcress File), Episode #8 (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.). 

Selected Spy Vibe Posts: Spy Vibe Radio 8Interview: Ryan HeshkaMid-Century Modern SchulzAgent WerewolfMata Hair ExhibitJohnny Sokko 50thInterview: Trina RobbinsEddie IzzardThe Prisoner Capt Scarlet 50thHugh Hefner R.I.P.Jack Good R.I.P.Interview: Shaken Not StirredCallan 50thSpy Vibe Radio 7The Prisoner 50th EventSpy-Fi EventKaho Aso 007Two MillionBo DiddleyCarnaby PopLe Carre EventsBilly Bragg SkiffleElvis 68Jack Kirby The PrisonerCasino Royale ConcertReview: The Prisoner Vol 2Interview: The Prisoner Essential GuideMaud Russell MottisfontSpy Vibe Radio 4Batman GallantsAdam West R.I.P.Village TriangleRoger Moore R.I.P.Spy Vibe Radio 3Sgt Pepper 50thSatanik Kriminal OST60s OverdriveMake Love in LondonSpy Vibe Radio 2Spy Vibe Radio 1James Bond StripsPropaganda MabuseInterview: Police SurgeonXTC Avengers1966 Pep SpiesBatman Book InterviewExclusive Fleming InterviewAvengers Comic StripsRobert Vaughn RIPUNCLE FashionsThunderbirds Are Pop!, Interview: Spy Film GuideLost Avengers FoundThe Callan FileMission Impossible 50thGreen Hornet 50thStar Trek 50thPortmeirion Photography 1Filming the PrisonerGaiman McGinnins ProjectIan Fleming GraveRevolver at 50Karen Romanko InterviewMod Tales 2Umbrella Man: Patrick MacneeNew Beatles FilmThe Curious CameraEsterel Fashion 1966Exclusive Ian Ogilvy Interview007 Tribute CoversThe Phantom Avon novels returnIan Fleming FestivalArgoman DesignSylvia Anderson R.I.P.Ken Adam R.I.P.George Martin R.I.P.The New Avengers ComicsThe Phantom at 80007 MangaAvengerworld BookDiana Rigg Auto ShowThe Prisoner Audio Drama Review.

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