Category Archives: Flashback Friday

It’s A Wonderful Flashback Friday with The Idiom!

On December 20th in 1946 the film It’s A Wonderful Life first appeared in theaters in New York City.  Here is a still from one of the earlier takes when George Bailey is looking through the book that Clarence was reading…. it was actually supposed to be a current issue of The Idiom Magazine.

It's A Wonderful Idiom Life

It’s A Wonderful Idiom Life

Do you know what book they actually replaced the idiom with in the movie?  Comment below and I’ll pick a random winner to receive our Idiom special prize holiday package….

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RIP Geoffrey Chaucer and Flashback Friday is back!

Geoffrey Chaucer died on October 25th 1400….he’s known as the father of English Literature and the Canterbury Tales was one of the first pieces of literature that kick-started a passion in the written word for The Idiom.

Reading the Canterbury Tales in high school and especially the Miller’s Tale with the big ending scene of Absolon asking for a kiss from Alisoun and she, sticking her arse out the window, made me realize that we’re all a little bit messed up and enjoy a good dirty story no matter what century we are in….

Here’s a picture of Chaucer with his copy of Tollbooth published by Piscataway House Publications obviously a major influence on many of his works and must have been proud of such characters as Sarah, Kid with Clownhead, and Jimmy Saare….

Chaucer and the Idiom

Chaucer about to relax with our novel Tollbooth

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Flashback Friday with Isabella <3 <3 <3

This Flashback Friday celebrates one of the Idiom’s favorite movies and actresses….this week it was Isabella Rossellini’s birthday on June 18th….if you haven’t, check out her videos about animal motherhood….do that now

painful idiom reading

Isabella in Blue Velvet as her and Jeffrey read painful poems to each other from the idiom…

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Flashback Friday and Prince’s Birthday!

It’s Flashback Friday…..so much cooler then Throwback Thursdays or We’re Looking Back in Time Wednesdays…..and today is also Prince’s Birthday…..the guy who brought us the Bat Dance and inspiration for instant dance moves on the floor. Here he is back in some day with an issue of the idiom….

Prince with The Idiom

Prince with The Idiom

Idiom Podcast with Ron Kolm and Chekhov….

Ron Kolm's chapbook Divine Comedy

Ron Kolm’s chapbook Divine Comedy

Just a reminder to check out our recent podcast with Ron Kolm about the poem “Divine Comedy” the same title as his new chapbook….

 

It’s a sunny Sunday so listen to it on the way to the Jersey Shore or whereever else yer hanging today and don’t forget your book of short stories by Chekhov our Flashback Friday feature….

Chekhov reading the idiom

Chekhov reading the idiom on a blustery day….

An excerpt from “Ward No. 6” by Anton….

“There is no real difference between a warm, snug study and this ward,” said Andrey Yefimitch. “A man’s peace and contentment do not lie outside a man, but in himself.”

“What do you mean?”

“The ordinary man looks for good and evil in external things — that is, in carriages, in studies — but a thinking man looks for it in himself.”

“You should go and preach that philosophy in Greece, where it’s warm and fragrant with the scent of pomegranates, but here it is not suited to the climate. With whom was it I was talking of Diogenes? Was it with you?”

“Yes, with me yesterday.”

“Diogenes did not need a study or a warm habitation; it’s hot there without. You can lie in your tub and eat oranges and olives. But bring him to Russia to live: he’d be begging to be let indoors in May, let alone December. He’d be doubled up with the cold.”

“No. One can be insensible to cold as to every other pain. Marcus Aurelius says: ‘A pain is a vivid idea of pain; make an effort of will to change that idea, dismiss it, cease to complain, and the pain will disappear.’ That is true. The wise man, or simply the reflecting, thoughtful man, is distinguished precisely by his contempt for suffering; he is always contented and surprised at nothing.”

“Then I am an idiot, since I suffer and am discontented and surprised at the baseness of mankind.”

“You are wrong in that; if you will reflect more on the subject you will understand how insignificant is all that external world that agitates us. One must strive for the comprehension of life, and in that is true happiness.”

 

 

Sorry Walt…

Sorry Walt, we forgot your birthday yesterday and celebrated Chekhov and his reading of the Idiom for Flashback Friday….

Well we dug deep into our archives and found yer picture too as you traveled future New Jersey highways and the shores of Long Branch where you probably picked up a copy of The Idiom at the Brighton Bar…it won’t happen again….

Whitman and Idiom

Walt Whitman with a copy of the Idiom

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Flashback Friday with Anthon Chekhov

Chekhov reading the idiom

Chekhov reading the idiom on a blustery day….

Our Flashback Friday goes back a lil to those late 1800’s to the mother country Russia with short story and play writer, Anton Chekhov.

Known for his early use of the type of writing which eventually became known as ‘stream of consciousness’ Chekhov was obviously influenced by the poetry and writings from the first anthology of The Idiom magazine.