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The blog If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger, There’d Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats (named after a Charles Mingus song) is “An Ongoing Series of Cultural and Personal Observations” which is edited collaboratively by 5 people and consists of images (usually historical photographs) that fit into an ever-growing list of idiosyncratic themes.

Amongst their dozens of themes are “Adventures in American Filmmaking” (with 144 entries), “The Frame Within the Frame” (with 35 entries), “I Like the Christian Life!” (with 18 entries), and “The Cool Hall of Fame” (with 206 entries).

Artists and Animals (currently at 76 entries and counting) is probably my favorite. Bringing together cute animals and the stars of Hollywood gone-by is a pretty potent combination. Starting above with the singular Harpo Marx upstaging an unwitting, anonymous monkey, these are a few of my favorites from that series.

Audrey Hepburn and a donkey

Audrey Hepburn and a wee donkey

Zsa Zsa Gabor poses with her pink poodle

Zsa Zsa Gabor poses with her pink poodle

Salvador Dali takes his anteater for a stroll.

Salvador Dali takes his anteater for a stroll.

Others in the series include Claudia Cardinale and a Siamese kitten, Billie Holiday with her dog Mister, and Louise Brooks cuddling a koala. And there are many more on the site.


Actor, nerd, poet, producer, writer mikl-em made his name short so you wouldn't have to. In addition to his blog you can find his writing in "Hi Fructose" magazine and witness him almost life-sized in various plays at The Dark Room Theater in SF's Mission district.

He tends to write about theater, humor, San Francisco culture and history, and stuff that's just plain weird. He thanks Scott for sharing the keys to the Laughing Squid virtual HQ and promises to uphold whatever it is that the mirthful cephalopod would prefer to be uplifted.