Saturday, May 28, 2016

6 Classic Movie Moments Made Possible By Dumb Mistakes

6 Classic Movie Moments Made Possible By Dumb Mistakes 

Song of the Day

"Oh Babe What Would You Say" by Hurricane Smith {lyrics} - YouTube:

Gator Update (Jogger Chasing Edition)

Massive 'jogger-chasing' alligator removed from Texas neighborhood 

America's Most Misspelled Words

America's Most Misspelled Words 

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The Most Popular Baby Names of 2015 By State

The Most Popular Baby Names of 2015 By State

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Albert L. Quandt, Zip Gun Angels, Original Novels, 1952

First It Was the Thin Mint Melee

Man assaulted woman with package of frozen brats

Nathaniel Philbrick: By the Book

Nathaniel Philbrick: By the Book   

A new Travis McGee fan.

No Duh

Why our brains get so tired in the afternoon: She adds the slump in the afternoon occurs because our bodies are effectively “programmed to nap” at that time.

Friday, May 27, 2016

The Digest Enthusiast #4 is here!

The Digest Enthusiast #4The Digest Enthusiast #4 is here! | Digest Magazines: The fourth edition of our book-length magazine celebrating yesterday’s and today’s digest magazine titles is now available in print and digital versions. 

In That Case, Sir, You Are Free to Go

Utah County police cite man spotted running nude with ‘bells hanging from his genitals’: The suspect, 64-year-old Kenneth Allen Beck of Riverton, "told Deputies he just likes doing what witnesses described to see their reaction."

You Can Bet this Will Show Up in a Sheriff Rhodes Book

Texas man calls police after smoking pot and getting bitten in buttocks by dog

Jane Fawcett, R. I. P.

Jane Fawcett, Bletchley decoder: Jane Fawcett, who has died aged 95, played a key role at Bletchley Park in the sinking in May 1941 of Bismarck, and went on after the war to save St Pancras and its Gothic Midland Hotel from the modernisers of British Rail.

Or Maybe You Do

15 Things You May Not Know About The Andy Griffith Show

Song of the Day

Tossin'and Turnin'-Bobby Lewis-original song-1961 - YouTube:

I Miss the Old Days

Watch This Nostalgic Footage From 1956 Of The First American Shopping Mall.: Southdale Center in Edina, Minnesota, was America's first fully enclosed, climate-controlled shopping mall. Opened in 1956, this provided the original blueprint for all of the 1,100 or so similarly designed malls now standing across the United States.

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Heartless Financial Institutions Destroy Our Freedoms

South Carolina Man, 58, Applied For Loan So He Could Purchase Meth

O Brave New World . . . .

Daily Mail Online: Woman wins permission to remove her dead partner's testicles in the hope of using his sperm to get pregnant

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Gail Jordan (Peggy Gaddis), Restless Wife, Croydon, 1954

I Found a Penny in the Walmart Parking Lot

Archaeologists discover Aristotle’s 2,400-year-old tomb in Macedonia

I Never Thought I, er, They Were

Science Proved Why Book-Sniffers Are Not, In Fact, Freaks

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

40 Best Science Fiction TV Shows of All Time

Texas and New York Lead the Way

Spellers from Texas and New York battle to tie in US Spelling Bee

FFB: The Carpetbaggers -- Harold Robbins


This is a slightly revised reprint from 2007.  Max Allan Collins mentioned this novel in a mailing comment a couple of months ago, and I was reminded of how much I'd enjoyed rereading it.  

The Carpetbaggers was originally published in 1961, which means that the paperback came out in 1962. So in the summer of 1962 I read the book for the first time. A week or so ago I visited my local personal bookseller (Wal-Mart) and saw a brand-new paperback edition from Tor. I went into a veritable frenzy of nostalgia (shocking, I'm sure, many Wal-Mart shoppers). This happened on the same day that I'd just read somewhere that it was Harold Robbins' birthday. The coincidence and the nostalgia, along with the fact that it had been just about exactly 45 years since I read the book, were too much for me, so I bought the book.

When I read it in 1962, The Carpetbaggers was considered very hot stuff. I believe one reviewer said that it should have been written on a restroom wall rather than published between covers. And it is indeed full of sex: straight sex, gay sex, rough sex, near-incestuous sex, solitary sex, group sex, kinky sex, and probably other kinds of sex that I'm forgetting at the moment. None of it, however, is graphically described. I'm sure that Nightstand Books and others of the time were going farther in that regard than Robbins did.

The book is divided into sections named for the characters. Jonas Cord is the major figure, and he narrates his sections in the first person. Cord was based on Howard Hughes, a fact that was obvious to me even 45 years ago. I'd seen The Outlaw and knew the story about Jane Russell and the bra, which is fictionalized in the book. 

The section I remembered best was devoted to Nevada Smith. I guess others liked it best, too, because it was made into a movie with Steve McQueen, and even into a TV movie with Cliff Potts. The section is under 100 pages long, but there's enough violence in it to fill a much longer book. No wonder I remembered it. It's the most vivid section in the novel. Smith seems to be about 90% fictional, but there are traces of Tom Mix and William Boyd in the character, for sure.

I enjoyed reading the book again. Since it was a historical novel, it's not nearly as dated as you might think. It's still pretty darned good popular entertainment if you like trashy books, which I do. Check it out.

Aside: The first book I read by Robbins was A Stone for Danny Fisher, which I checked out of the library after seeing King Creole and noticing that it was based on Robbins' novel, which it hardly resembles. After The Carpetbaggers, I never read another book by Robbins, and I didn't realize that he kept on cranking them out for so many years. In fact, the books have continued to appear right up to the present, even though Robbins died in 1997. Someone called Junius Podrugg is now sharing credit with Robbins on the covers. The same roman a clef formula seems to be working all these years later.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

I Want to Believe!

Tom Cruise secretly trained with NASA to become an astronaut on 2003 Columbia space shuttle

19 Authors and Their Typewriters

19 Authors and Their Typewriters

Song of the Day

Joey Powers - Midnight Mary ORIGINAL - YouTube:

I Miss the Old Days

Magazines #51: US (June 6, 1983) | Retrospace

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Neanderthal Update

Neanderthals built mystery underground circles 175,000 years ago

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Perry Lindsay, Swamp Girl, Intimate Novels

7 Nominees for the Best Tree in Literature

7 Nominees for the Best Tree in Literature

Why Reading Makes You a Better Person

Why Reading Makes You a Better Person

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

The 100 Best American Movies in Film History

First It Was the Thin Mint Melee

Worcester woman charged with tossing toilet-water-soaked sandwich at court officer

Forgotten Music: Songs of protest, songs of war

Songs of protest, songs of war