Wednesday, May 04, 2016

A Review of Interest (To Me, Anyway)

Ed Gorman's blog: Survivors Will Be Shot Again by Bill Crider

I Miss the Old Days

The lost art of reading other people's handwriting 

Song of the Day

Rod Stewart - "The First Cut Is The Deepest" (Official Music Video) - YouTube:

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

Evergreen Cemetery - Jesus in Cowboy Boots: In Paris, Texas even Jesus wears cowboy boots.

Today's Vintage Ad

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

I mean, you're not gonna disagree with the Directors Guild about directing, are you, punk?
Directors Guild of America Chooses 80 Best-Directed Films, Ever


Luke Roberts, Harlem Doctor, Uni Books, 1953

Well, It's Bad Joke Wednesday at Jerry House's Blog. . .

. . . so here we have The single best joke told by every president, from Obama to Washington

They Lost Me at #1

I was too upset to go on, since the correct answer wasn't available. 
This is why we supporters of the Oxford comma get depressed.  
Can You Pass This English SAT Test For 6-Year-Olds 


Medical error now third-largest cause of death in US

Yet Another List I'm Not On

 Imperial Woman: The Story of the Last Empress of China by Pearl S. BuckSome interesting and unexpected titles on this list.

AbeBooks: Top 100 Most Searched-For Books of 2015: It's never dull when we dive into's dusty archives of digital data to compile a list of the most searched for out-of-print books from the previous year. Sex, religion, quilting, gardening, swimming, pike fishing, cooking and UFOs, you can find all the important aspects of life in this selection of literature.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Candygram . . .

Alligator Caught on Video Attempting to Ring Doorbell of South Carolina Home 

Forever After: An Inspired Work -- William Murray

I'm confident when I say that you're not going to find another book like this for a while.  Maybe ever.  William Murray, the same author who's continued the adventures of Doc Savage and Tarzan and others now tackles the biggest subject of all: God.  The subtitle calls the book "an inspired work."  In a brief note at the end, Murray calls it "a channeled work."  What that might mean, I'll leave up to you, as Murray doesn't explain.

Trigger Warning: The main character here is God, so some might find the book blasphemous or at the very least a challenge to their beliefs. 

God awakens with no knowledge of who he is or what he can do.  He gains awareness, and creation begins.  Experiments.  Eventually mankind shows up and not just on one planet.  Naturally there are problems.  And Time.  There's another problem.  And all the while God is trying to answer the question of who or what he is.  

If you're looking for something completely different and have an interest in philosophical investigations, this might be just what you're looking for.

A Tale of Two Famous Kitties ...

A Tale of Two Famous Kitties ...and The Librarian Who Loved Them

Song of the Day


Check It Out

Friend of the blog Art Scott gets a nice shout-out over a Killer Covers today:  Killer Covers: My, You’ve Got Some Brass!

Today's Vintage Ad

I Miss the Old Days

Scenes From the First American Shopping Mall, Filmed in 1956 


James Clayford (Peggy Gaddis), Careless!, Quarter Books, 1949

The Trap of Solid Gold: The Look of Travis McGee

The Trap of Solid Gold: The Look of Travis McGee

Who are You?

Who are You??? That time Keith Moon OD’d onstage and was replaced by a member of the audience  

Link via Neatorama.

Overlooked Movies: Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot might not be a great movie, but it's sure a good one.  It was written and directed by Michael Cimino, who went on to bigger (although not necessarily greater) things.  Eastwood is a bank robber known as The Thunderbolt because he uses an anti-tank cannon to break into a vault.  Bridges (Oscar nominated) is Lightfoot.  He drives fast.  There's also a great supporting cast, including George Kennedy, as brutal as he ever was, Geoffrey Lewis, and Gary Busey.  

The plot is a little complicated, but here goes.  Eastwood is hiding out from members of his old gang because they believe he betrayed them.  He didn't, but he's the only one who knows where the money from their last job is hidden.  They catch up with him, and he's saved by Bridges (purely by accident).  

The two team up, with Bridges just about stealing the movie with his performance as a happy-go-lucky guy, and they bond.  They get together with Kennedy and Lewis and go to find the money, which was hidden in an old school.  They find the school is gone, replaced by a big new one, so Bridges proposes that they pull another job, robbing the same place they group had robbed before.  

They pull off the job (Bridges in drag!), but of course things go wrong and then wronger.  The movie, which had started off in a lighthearted way and which had been quite funny most of the time, has taken a much darker turn.  The ending is bleak.

If you've never seen this one, give it a look.  Highly recommended.

Thunderbolt & Lightfoot

Thunderbolt & Lightfoot (1974) Official Trailer - Full HD 1080p - YouTube:

Monday, May 02, 2016

First It Was the Thin Mint Melee

SFGate: SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Northern California authorities have arrested a 31-year-old Alabama man for allegedly wielding a machete after an argument over dog feces.  

Hat tip to Art Scott.

100 Must-Read Sci-Fi Fantasy Novels By Female Authors

100 Must-Read Sci-Fi Fantasy Novels By Female Authors  

Link via Kevin Tipple.

Feel-Good Story of the Day

Identical Twins Remain Inseparable and Going Strong at Age 100

Song of the Day

Kathy Young and The Innocents - A Thousand Stars (1960) - YouTube:

A Complete History Of Paris Hilton And Her Cellphones

A Complete History Of Paris Hilton And Her Cellphones  

Trigger warning: vulgar language.

Today's Vintage Ad

Hand Me Down My Sword Cane

Professional Stunt Trainer Will Teach Movie Swordsmanship in Cities Around the World


Albert L. Quandt, Journey into Ecstasy, Venus Books, 1951

Buying Opportunity!

Man selling $100,000 collection of 600 vintage Smith-Corona typewriters 

Around the World in 80 Books

Around the World in 80 Books: A Global Reading List

John D and Me: Dennis Lehane

John D and Me: Dennis Lehane

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

These 4 Texas Suburbs Named Coolest in the Country

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

French teacher at HISD school doesn't speak French  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

The Return of the Marx Brothers

Vanity Fair: Is a Marx Brothers revival in the offing? You bet your life, if Universal Studios has anything to say about it. On Sunday, May 1, David Steinberg, comedian and friend of Groucho, will present a restored version of the 1932 football comedy Horse Feathers at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. It is one of five essential Marx Brothers comedies from the late 1920s and early 1930s that have been restored by Universal—and all it takes is one look at current political headlines to know they’re coming back just in time.