Modern Pulp Oct 6 2009
LOST IN AMERICA
Jennifer Connelly gives new meaning to the phrase “making ends meet.”

Darren Aronofsky’s millennial hellride Requiem for a Dream is just as interesting a film now as it was nine years ago. Requiem presents a multiracial group of friends, plus an older lady, and shows how each of them is stalked by addiction. Every choice they make only sends them further toward the abyss. Ultimately, Jennifer Connelly shows in a famous rear-to-rear double dildo scene that when all else fails, modern society makes sure sex is the currency desperate women still possess. The Japanese promo art gets across the mood of the film quite nicely—i.e. claustrophobic, nightmarish, and darkly beautiful. Requiem for a Dream isn’t for everyone, but it’s undoubtedly a great piece of modern pulp. It opened in Japan today in 2000. 

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April 20
1939—Holiday Records Strange Fruit
American blues and jazz singer Billie Holiday records "Strange Fruit", which is considered to be the first civil rights song. It began as a poem written by Abel Meeropol, which he later set to music and performed live with his wife Laura Duncan. The song became a Holiday standard immediately after she recorded it, and it remains one of the most highly regarded pieces of music in American history.
April 19
1927—Mae West Sentenced to Jail
American actress and playwright Mae West is sentenced to ten days in jail for obscenity for the content of her play Sex. The trial occurred even though the play had run for a year and had been seen by 325,000 people. However West's considerable popularity, already based on her risque image, only increased due to the controversy.
1971—Manson Sentenced to Death
In the U.S, cult leader Charles Manson is sentenced to death for inciting the murders of Sharon Tate and several other people. Three accomplices, who had actually done the killing, were also sentenced to death, but the state of California abolished capital punishment in 1972 and neither they nor Manson were ever actually executed.
April 18
1923—Yankee Stadium Opens
In New York City, Yankee Stadium, home of Major League Baseball's New York Yankees, opens with the Yankees beating their eternal rivals the Boston Red Sox 4 to 1. The stadium, which is nicknamed The House that Ruth Built, sees the Yankees become the most successful franchise in baseball history. It is eventually replaced by a new Yankee Stadium and closes in September 2008.
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