Friday, November 27, 2015

Judy Crider -- November 5, 1943 -- November 27, 2014

FFB: The Violent Ones -- Brant House, editor

Back in the Old Days, we didn't have Syrian refugees to fear, but we had plenty of other things.  We had the commies, the bomb, and of course juvenile delinquents.  

I believe that Brant House is *ahem* a house name used at Ace Books.  That's what Wikipedia says, so it must be true.  For this book, whoever was using the name assembled a book of stories about the fearful plague of delinquents on the nation, and as you can see from the back cover (and the title), he didn't pick out any stories about youngsters who help old ladies across the street.  Or if he did, those aren't the ones I read.

Evan Hunter's "See Him Die" is a told by a cop-hating youth who thinks a killer is a heroic guy.  Don't think this is going to be a story with a moral, one in which the narrator sees the error of his ways.  These stories aren't about people who do that.

The narrator of Robert Silverberg's "Russian Roulette" talks her boyfriend into playing the game.  And she wants to go first.  These are tough kids, and she's even tougher than you might think.

In "The Bobby Soxer" Jonathan Craig gives us another girl as the protagonist.  It's what happens after a man drags her into an alley and tries to rape her that gives the story its kicker.

Gil Brewer might have the nastiest story in the book (I haven't read all of them yet) in "On a Sunday Afternoon."  A man, his wife, and his child go on a picnic after church.  What could possibly to wrong?  J.D.s, that's what.  Very bad things happen.

Robert Turner's "Movie Night" closes things out with another story of a simple pleasure -- a night at a drive-in movie -- that gets way out of hand.  

[SPOILER ALERT] There's not a single story that I read in which any of the perpetrators of violence are punished.  I'm not sure what this tells us. [END OF SPOILER ALERT]

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Crew

Back Row: Natalie Fulwiler, Scott Fulwiler, Allen Crider, Norma Fulwiler

Front Row: Tom Neary, Angela Crider Neary, Francelle Bettinger, Will Fulwiler, Bill Crider  (Francelle is my sister, and the Fulwilers are her son, his wife, and her grandkids.)

Who Says Hollywood Is Out of Ideas?

‘The Wages Of Fear’ Remake: Ben Wheatley In Talks To Write & Direct

Song of the Day

We Gather Together - Celtic Spirits - YouTube:

Yet Another List I'm Not On

Best mystery books and thrillers of 2015 - The Washington Post

Today's Vintage Ad

First It was the Thin Mints Melee

SFGate: Frustration is not an unfamiliar feeling for anyone who’s gone to the DMV, but one San Francisco man’s resilience and one clerk’s impatience resulted in a brawl at the department’s office with each using desk supplies as weapons.

Eat Like the Pilgrims

Eat Like the Pilgrims


Dorothy Charques, Men Like Shadows, Ballantine, 1965

Who Says TV Is Out of Ideas?

Read it and weep: 42 Movies Being Adapted For TV

The Origins of 15 Holiday Foods and Drinks

The Origins of 15 Holiday Foods and Drinks

How the Thanksgiving turkey was named after the country Turkey

How the Thanksgiving turkey was named after the country Turkey: The turkey, as you probably know, is native to North and Central America. So of course it's named after a Middle Eastern country, because why not, right?

Forgotten Music: 5 Insane Stunts From The Craziest Record Label Of All-Time

5 Insane Stunts From The Craziest Record Label Of All-Time

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

This Fake Black Friday Movie Trailer Needs To Be A Real Thing

This Fake Black Friday Movie Trailer Needs To Be A Real Thing

I Miss the Old Days

Glamour Photography in the 1950s  

Link via Neatorama.

Song of the Day

1953 HITS ARCHIVE: Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes - Perry Como (a #1 record) - YouTube:

Why Do We Wish on the Turkey’s Wishbone?

Why Do We Wish on the Turkey’s Wishbone? 

Wizard Cops

Wizard Cops is the Best, Weirdest Video I've Watched All Day 

First It was the Thin Mints Melee

Christmas elves attacked during lighting ceremony in England

Today's Vintage Ad

And Away We Go

Today Angela and Tom and I are on the road to Austin, where we'll spend Thanksgiving.  Allen is going to prepare us a meal, since he says he's the best cook.  He's right as far as I'm concerned, but Angela's an excellent cook.  She's willing to let Allen do all the work, though.  As for me, I'm taking a can of cranberry sauce.  As Homer Simpson says, the best kind of cranberry sauce is the kind that's shaped like the can.  I won't be back until late Friday afternoon, so I probably won't be doing any e-mailing or responding to comments on the blog.  I've scheduled stuff for each day, so the blog will hum along just fine without me.  I'll see you on the flip-flop.

Cynthia Robinson, R. I. P.

Billboard: She was the voice that commanded us to "get up and dance to the music," and the woman who Sly Stone put "on the throne" in the Family Stone hit "Dance to the Music."


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, Pocket Books, 1950


Wing-walking on planes was not for the faint of heart

John Wayne's Texas Ties


I Want to Believe!

Why french fries may be better for you than salad  

Link via mental_floss.

Happy Thanksgiving! In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

Vintage Treasures: Beyond the Curtain of Dark edited by Peter Haining

Vintage Treasures: Beyond the Curtain of Dark edited by Peter Haining