Wednesday, May 21, 2008
When I heard that stage and film director Elia Kazan, the man who mounted A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront, was called "Gadg" by most of the people who knew him, I assumed this was some sort of ethnic family nickname. After all, he was born Elia Kazanjoglou in the suburbs of Istanbul, and "Gadg" sounds sort of Mediterranean, doesn't it?
But David Thomson informs me that "Gadg" was simply short for "Gadget." How pedestrian.