Thursday, July 24, 2014

11 Imagination-Jarring Tips From Creative Geniuses

11 Imagination-Jarring Tips From Creative Geniuses

Song of the Day

Blue Swede - Hooked On A Feeling - YouTube:

Or Maybe Not

13 Insane Fair Foods You Need To Eat This Summer

Today's Vintage Ad


John D. MacDonald -- Born on this Date in 1916

John D. MacDonald - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: John Dann MacDonald (July 24, 1916 – December 28, 1986) was an American writer of novels and short stories, known for his thrillers.

The Beagle Boys Are Back in Style!

Black and white is the new orange? Sheriff buys jail jumpsuits after orange becomes 'cool'

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Raymond Chandler, The Lady in the Lake, Pocket Books, 1946

Thieves in Undies WBAGNFARB

Thieves in undies steal cookout fixins from restaurant    

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

They're Living the Old Days

This Woman Says Living A '50s Lifestyle Saved Her Marriage And Made Her A "Better Wife"

Ummmmmmm. Deep-Fried Doritos

Deep-Fried Doritos Debut at SoCal Fairs 

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

AsiaOne YourHealth: Mutant worms generated at a lab at the University of Texas may provide a pathway to prevent people from becoming intoxicated after drinking alcohol, a study released on Wednesday said.

Criminal Genius of the Day

Police: Denver robbery suspect wore shirt with his name on it, drove his own car to bank hold-up 

Yet Another List I'm Not On

The 2014 Man Booker Longlist Is Here   

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

I Miss the Old Days

The '60s at 50: August 1964: Looney Tunes

Broadway Serenade

1939 BROADWAY SERENADE TRAILER JEANETTE MacDONALD - YouTube:

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

And keep off her lawn!

Tennessee woman pulls gun in Walmart parking lot when asked to drive slower

Dino Update

Dinosaur trackways uncovered in Canada suggest tyrannosaurs hunted in packs

I Miss the Old Days

News from The Associated Press: OLDEST GOLF MAGAZINE IN COUNTRY GOES ALL DIGITAL

Strangers -- Bill Pronzini

Bill Pronzini's formerly nameless detective was first named (I think) way back in 1978 in Twospot, a collaborative novel with Collin Wilcox, a forgotten writer worth rediscovery.  I could be wrong about that, but that's the way I remember it.  Which means that it was about 7 years after the first "Nameless" book that the name appeared (it's Bill, by the way).  It's been 36 years, but some of us still think of him as "Nameless."   Or maybe I'm just making all this up.  Anyway, I read The Snatch, the first book in the series, when it came out in paperback in the early '70s, and here I am, still reading the series today.  It's certainly one of the best p.i. series ever, and the latest entry is a good example of why.

Over the years, Nameless has aged and gone through all sorts of things.  He's an old guy now, but he's still as honest, as tough, as devoted to his job as ever.  In Strangers, we have a classic situation, the stranger (that would be Nameless) rides into a little western town. He's there to help out an old friend (and lover) whose son has been accused of three rapes.  His mother's convinced he's not guilty.  Everyone else in town is convinced that he is, including the sheriff.  Nobody likes it that Nameless is there.  People insult him, key his car, shoot at him, and try other ways to get him to leave.  He doesn't.  He controls his temper (mostly) and goes about his investigation in his quiet, competent way.  Pretty soon he's uncovered things that the local law has missed.

This is a pretty bleak novel to begin with, and just when things appear to be all wrapped up, Pronzini throws in several more twists, like little bombs going off, boom, boom, boom, and each one of them deepens the darkness.  Forty-three years after The Snatch, MWA Gand Master Pronzini's still showing us how it's done.  Check it out.


First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Woman Trashed Salon Over Botched Hairdo 

Song of the Day (Released on this date in 1955)

Chuck Berry - Maybellene - YouTube:

The 10 Ugliest Movie Posters of All Time

Flavorwire: The 10 Ugliest Movie Posters of All Time

Today's Vintage Ad


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Luke Short (Frederick Dilley Glidden), Station West, Bantam, 1948

“My Owen Keane Moment” (by Terence Faherty)

“My Owen Keane Moment” (by Terence Faherty) | SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN

How to Write Fat Books

How to Write Fat Books: Walter Benjamin’s Principles of the Weighty Tome 

Here's What A Bestseller Looked Like In The 1920s

Here's What A Bestseller Looked Like In The 1920s

14 Fantastic Stories From The New Yorker Archive You Should Read This Summer

14 Fantastic Stories From The New Yorker Archive You Should Read This Summer

This Beautiful Library Used to Be a Prison

This Beautiful Library Used to Be a Prison

Robert Newhouse, R. I. P.

ESPN Dallas: Robert Newhouse, responsible for one of the most iconic plays in Dallas Cowboys history, died Tuesday after a long illness. He was 64.

Uh-Oh

Dear God In Heaven, Will Ferrell Is Making A Manimal Movie

Or Maybe You Have

11 Terrifying Female Serial Killers You've Never Heard Of

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

And once again Texas leads the way.

Reports: Durst accused of urinating on candy 

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Hitler's Madman

1943 HITLER'S MADMAN TRAILER JOHN CARRADINE - YouTube:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

PimPage: An Occasional Feature in Which I Call Attention to Books of Possible Interest

Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films: Matt Hurwitz, Sharon Gosling, Adam Newell: 9781783291977: Amazon.com: Books

The perfect companion for Planets of the Apes(TM) fans tying in in with the release ofDawn of the Planet of the Apes, revealing the production photography and concept art behind Rise of the Planet of the Apes(TM) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes(TM).

If you're at all interested in motion capture and how these films were planned, this is the book for you.  Good stuff.

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

WYFF Home: Police say the woman who bit a tow truck driver and smashed the windows out of her SUV during a repossession previously drove a vehicle off a tow truck while only wearing a towel.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

I Miss the Old Days

12 Vintage Pictures of Farm Stands   

Link via The Presurfer.

Song of the Day

Johnny Otis - Crazy Country Hop - YouTube:

Yes, the Livermore Light Bulb Is Included

10 Fascinating Old Things that Still Work 

Today's Vintage Ad


My Friend Thinks I Don't Work Because I'm a Writer

My Friend Thinks I Don't Work Because I'm a Writer

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Isaac Asimov, The Wellsprings of Life, Mentor Books, 1961

Subversive French Crime Fiction

Flavorwire: The Subversive French Crime Fiction of Jean-Patrick Manchette

They Really Are Everywhere

Roaming 4-foot alligator caught by police in Sheboygan  

Mention my name in Sheboygan
It's the greatest little town in the world
Just tell them you're an old friend of mine
And every door in town will have a big welcome sign
So mention my name in Sheboygan
And if you ever get in a jam
Just mention name, I said mention my name
But please don't them where I am

Hat tip to Gerard Saylor.

Ernest Hemingway and Other Writers on WWI

Ernest Hemingway and Other Writers on WWI 

26 Iconic Book Covers Changing Over Time

26 Iconic Book Covers Changing Over Time

I Think I'd Learned to Tie My Shoes by 6th Grade

Sixth-Grader's Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

TX man shoots self hitching up shorts in store: ‘It’s dangerous to stick a gun in your pants’

Who Made That Scotch Tape?

Who Made That Scotch Tape?

Overlooked Movies: Marlowe

James Garner's death last week was a sad occasion for me because I'd enjoyed his work over the years in so many movies and TV series. There's a lot of Garner in Sheriff Dan Rhodes, and Judy and I have always thought that Garner would've been perfect to play Rhodes in the movies at just about any time between the ages of 50 and 70.  

Back in 1969 Garner played another character that I thought he was right for, Philip Marlowe, in a movie based on Raymond Chandler's The Little Sister.  Most people don't regard this as one of Chadler's better novels, but I like it a lot.  Most people don't regard Marlowe as one of the better film adaptations of Chandler's work, so it won't surprise you to learn that I like it a lot, too.

The movie follows the plot of the novel fairly closely, and if you check out the trailer below, you can see that the toupee removal scene even looks a lot like it was lifted from the cover of the first paperback edition of the book.  Stirling Silliphant wrote the script, and he lifted some of Marlowe's snappy patter from the book, too.  However, the movie was given a contemporary setting, and it's very much a late '60s item.  Maybe that's one reason I like it.

Garner's very good as Marlowe, and Carol O'Connor is dandy at the tough cop.  Rita Moreno almost steals the picture.  Bruce Lee shows up, as you can see in the trailer, but I didn't really think his part suited the movie.  You might not agree. Anyway, it's a lot of fun, and Garner's performance foreshadows Jim Rockford in ways you'll recognize.  Check it out.

UPDATE: The movie will be part of the TCM Garner marathon.  I believe the time is 4 A.M. on 7/29 CDT.  Check your local listings.

Marlowe

MARLOWE (Original Theatrical trailer) - YouTube: