Monday, January 10, 2011


The historical note of the day on Spindletop Hill made me think of Paul Thomas Anderson's recent movie, There Will Be Blood and the book it was loosely based on Upton Sinclair's Oil!  This essay in the NYTimes discusses both.  The movie was riveting to watch but all the other characters seemed incidental to the harrowing character Daniel Day Lewis played.  The discovery of oil in Texas certainly changed this state's fortunes.


  1. That was quite a film. I found it a bit too long and drawn out, but DDL was excellent. So was the actor who played the young preacher.

  2. Daniel Day Lewis seemed to blot everyone else out with his performance. It was truly top notch, but to have virtually no redeeming qualities leaves you with a big pit in your stomach.