Life on Marrs
Six years ago I wrote a piece about Jim Marrs, the good ol' boy who sees conspiracies in a box of Froot Loops. You know the name: Marrs is a former Fort Worth Star-Telegram writer who wrote the 1989 best-seller Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy, a collection of theories about who really murdered John Kennedy that Oliver Stone used as much of the basis for JFK. Marrs and Stone were partners in paranoia, a perfect match. Haven't heard much from Marrs in a while--till yesterday, in fact, when a press release came across the virtual transom advertising his appearance August 26 at the Lakewood Theater.
Marrs will join Rockwall-raised radio-show host, author, documentarian and movie star (well, Richard Linklater's movie star, anyway) Alex Jones, who's debuting his latest documentary TerrorStorm at the Lakewood. I love Jones--if only for the fact he can put crazy shit like "Bush's Nazi and Occult Ties" on his Web site and then link it to something about how Arnold Schwarzenegger's "a womanizing, egotistic, power-mad, imperious Nazi whose ideals are diametrically opposed to those represented by the founding fathers." Facts? Logic? Reason? Well, that's just crazy talk. Speaking of crazy shit, the press releases promises that after the movie screens--and the trailer for it's been included below--Marrs "will give a presentation concerning the links between the JFK Assassination and the events of September 11th and then take questions from the audience." And, no, variations on, "Are you high/nuts/escaped from a mental hospital/etc.?" are not acceptable questions. Try harder. --Robert Wilonsky
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