Thursday, November 08, 2007

The Siren "Has Been Spared the Sensational and Commercial Publicity..."


Many, many thanks to the Siren's patient readers, and all those who voted in the Weblog Awards 2007. Congratulations to the winner, The Cool Hunter, a beautiful eyeful of a blog. The Siren is most happy with her fourth-place finish, considering her usual daily traffic could fit into a Manhattan studio with enough room left over for George Peppard and an orange tabby.

Extra thanks go to James Wolcott, Lance(lot) Mannion, Jon Swift , Diary of a Heretic , Ivan G. Shreve of Thrilling Days of Yesteryear , Dan Leo, Annieytown of Blogdorf Goodman and Operator_99 of Allure. Jon and Kathleen of Diary of a Heretic also placed high in their categories; as Jon so rightly puts it, "I don't think of us as losers; I think of us as victory challenged." Thanks also to the Jay, for being a swell blogger and one hell of a good sport. The Siren is blogrolling him and plans to stop by his place more often. The Rambo post alone would guarantee that.

The Siren will be interrupting her Joan Fontaine hobbyhorse to post in the comedy blogathon currently whooping it up over at Newcritics. Stay tuned, and thanks again.

Above--the Siren wanted a picture of Margo sitting stoic and glamourous through the Sarah Siddons awards, but oh well.

(updated)

22 comments:

Dan Leo said...

No other movie writer sends me to the video store more often looking for great old movies to watch again (or even more fun, for the first time); your reviews always deepen my enjoyment of these films, and so often your reviews are as much fun as the movies themselves.

So: a great big thanks to you, Siren!

Campaspe said...

thanks very much, Dan. Just updated this thing, too.

I'm enjoying myself. And The Cool Hunter is an interesting blog. :)

Mischa said...

Congratulations on your Weblog Award Nomination! I can't believe I'm just finding your blog now. It's fantastic!

Raquelle said...

I made sure to vote for the lovely siren!

Campaspe said...

Thank you very much, Mischa and Raquelle, and I hope you both come back often.

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

Hey! Lots of luck - I came here via Diary of a Heretic. My blog, My Marrakesh, is also a finalist in the category Best Africa and Middle East weblog. Also about style in a sea of military and political blogs. Sigh.

X. Trapnel said...

Dear Siren,

I just cast my vote as a thank you for your lovely tribute to lovely Joan.

Can you use your sirenic powers to rescue The Constant Nymph from legalistic captivity?

kathleenmaher said...

Siren, I liked the pink: it so suited a siren, but that said, your new lay-out is cleaner, more inviting, and still very glamorously you.
Still, if you ever yen for a bit of pink, a light tint inside a nice, small sidebar widget, you can pick up one of those simpler, quieter Breast Cancer ribbons: every time someone clicks on it, then click on their site, the organization is closer to covering a free mammogram for someone without can't otherwise afford one. None of the allure and fascination of great classic movies, I admit, but far from ugly. I don't have the link off hand: you can pick it up from my blog, if you want.
What you've got going is hard to top. And sometimes it's better not to mix up one mission with a whole other deal.

Karen said...

Oh, Siren, I LOVE the new look--but especially the new photo! Everyone thinks "Garbo" when they hear "Grand Hotel," so it's lovely to see Beery and Crawford get their due (in what I always thought was a more interesting storyline). Also great to see Joan at her sultriest. I don't think she was ever as beautiful as she was in the early 1930s.

And let me echo Dan Leo, above, when he mentions your talent for sending us all in search of new films. Most of the films you write about I know well (we seem to have the same taste, tho' your insights far surpass mine), but there have been some wonderful discoveries. I just watched "Le Corbeau," very happily, and have been recommending it to anyone who will listen--so thanks again!

Campaspe said...

Maryam, I saw your blog too. Your category embraces a part of the world that interests me very much, as my husband was born in Lebanon and I was married there. Your blog did seem a bit out of place--plenty of good food laid out and all dressed up in lovely colors -- with a lot of military khaki and camo surrounding you. I will give it another vote today. Good luck!

x. trapnel, thank you very much. I need all the support I can get if I am to maintain my spot in the mushy middle. As for Constant Nymph, the only comfort I can offer is that there ARE copies around; in fact I plan to watch my bootleg very soon. Sadly, however, they are usually lousy copies of even lousier prints.

which brings me to Kathleen - my pet cause is film preservation, as you can probably imagine, and with the holidays coming up I am hoping to research a few places my readers can donate if they wish. but I will definitely be sending something for cancer as well, as Mr. C. and I sort out our charitable giving this season!

Karen, I know what you mean about our taste, it does seem to dovetail nicely, even to our mutual regard for the delicious "Easy Living." I was tickled to death to see that this Grand Hotel picture, which had been kicking around on my hard drive for a while, fit the banner so well. Much as I love Garbo it's Flaemmchen all the way in that one, for me as well. Check out her legs, too! Make room, Claudette & Marlene!

X. Trapnel said...

Alert to Fontaine and/or Korngold enthusiasts: Jessica Duchen, the classical music equivalent of the Siren (jessicamusic.blogspot.com)has just posted some tantalizing clips from The Constant Nymph for our rapt contemplation(the JF/EWK combination is equalled only by Gene Tierney and Bernard Herrmann in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir).

Meanwhile I have rounded up at least one more vote. Right-wing film blogs; I feel a dark night of the soul coming on...

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Campaspe--just wanted to throw in a pair of copper pennies and let you know that I love the new look of your site as well--particular the Grand Hotel photo.

Campaspe said...

x. trapnel, this site is great, thanks for pointing it out. Sirens like classical music too. And opera and ballet as a matter of fact.

Ivan, glad you approve as you recently underwent a facelift as well. My one quibble is that I wish my title didn't cover up part of Joan's shoes, they are really cute.

lylee said...

Congratulations on a well-deserved nomination!

Now here is an all-time dumb question: but where the heck do you actually VOTE on the awards page? i.e., what do you click on?

Campaspe said...

Lylee, thanks and not dumb at all, the voting is a bit funky. Click on the "here" link in my post; you should get the Best Culture Blog ballot. Click once on the Siren (or whichever!) circle, it should turn yellow; then click again. When you see the vote totals you know your vote went through. Cheers.

Derek said...

congrats, siren....

Call Me: The Shamus said...

Well, Siren. The Shamus has done all he can for you. Just remember: Al Gore "lost" and now he's about to pick up a cool "green" million from those firecracker folks over in Sweden. My suggestion: Start circling the lawyers and get Jesse on the blower. Recount! Recount! Recount!

Campaspe said...

Shamus, you're cute. :) No, it's really been great. All these unexpected visitors forced me to redecorate, for one thing.

The Jay said...

Congrats on 4th place! I was hoping I could catch up to you, but it appears you have a multitude of loyal, vote-ready readers. I didn't know about your site before, but now having admitted defeat, I look forward to following the Siren.

All the best.

- The Jay
www.TheJay.com

operator_99 said...

Cool - a solid finish and well deserved. I find it particularly impressive since the competition included blogs whose scope is less focused and would be expected to have a larger base. Just goes to show ya that good is good. Looking forward to more great posts and a third place (or higher) slot next time around. Love the new look.

Campaspe said...

Derek, Jay & Operator_99, thanks very much for all the kind thoughts. Like I said,a very good week here. :)

Dan Oliver said...

Just wanted you to know I kept my promise of voting once a day, often from two accounts. Like the others before me, I think the new design is great. But really, it's the writing that keeps us coming back.