About Me

I am Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. I am also the Academic Director of the Clemente Course in the Humanities, in New Bedford MA. Author of "Social Security and the Middle Class Squeeze" (Praeger, 2005) and the forthcoming "Saul Alinsky the Dilemma of Race in the Post-War City" (University of Chicago Press), my teaching and scholarship focuses on American urban history, social policy, and politics. I am presently writing a book on home ownership in modern America, entitled "Castles Made of Sand? Home Ownership and the American Dream." I live in Providence RI, where I have served on the School Board since March 2015. All opinions posted here are my own.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Actors of unusual size, Losing Their Sh*t

The unexpected passing of the brilliant James Gandolfini got me thinking about another physically imposing and scene-devouring actor:  John Goodman (who turned 61 today).

Aside from being men of unusual size, great talent, and the initials 'JG,' the two shared another memorable trait:  the ability to convey an almost comically volcanic rage.  While the scenes in which they lose their shit occupy different locations on the humor-to-absurdity spectrum (usually), and Goodman hasn't yet gotten a role like Tony Soprano, he's awfully compelling nonetheless.

Film editor Jason Bailey apparently finds powerful actors Losing their Shit hard to resist too, because he's been putting together wonderful film montages for FlavorWire.  He's already done Gary Oldham and Nicholas Cage.

And now comes John Goodman, below.  Surely John Cleese, Robert DeNiro...and James Gandolfini can't be far behind.


John Goodman Loses His Shit from Flavorwire on Vimeo.

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