Saturday, December 20, 2014

10 Surprising Box Office Failures

I've seen two of these and liked both of them a lot.
10 Surprising Box Office Failures  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.
Annoying slideshow alert.

Larry Henley, R. I. P.

CMT: Larry Henley, co-writer of the international Grammy-winning hit, “Wind Beneath My Wings,” died Thursday morning (Dec. 18) in Nashville at the age of 77. He had been suffering from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

Yet Another List I'm Not On

9 Famous Authors’ Favorite Workday Snacks 

Song of the Day

THE MAMAS & THE PAPAS twelve thirty (young girls are coming to the canyon) - YouTube:

The Weird Week in Review

The Weird Week in Review

Today's Vintage Ad


Forgotten Hits: The Saturday Surveys (12-20)

Forgotten Hits: The Saturday Surveys (12-20)

Coming in 2015!


PaperBack



Tereska Torres, Women's Barracks, Gold Medal, 1961

A MURDER OF MYSTERIES – 20 Novels – Only $2.99! $70 off!

Myriad of Murder webA MURDER OF MYSTERIES – 20 Novels – Only $2.99! $70 off! | Crossroad Press

13 Celebrity #TBT Photos You May Have Missed This Week

13 Celebrity #TBT Photos You May Have Missed This Week

Has the Persecution Ended?

How Paris Hilton Won 2014: An Academic Study

Croc Update (Jaws of death! Edition)

Jaws of death! Amazing pictures of giant saltwater crocodile crushing the shell of a dead sea turtle  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Friday, December 19, 2014

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

NewsChannel5.com: NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A man was arrested late Thursday night after police said he attacked his roommate with a sword during a fight over a videogame.

Paris Hilton Update

Paris Hilton wears plunging floral maxi dress as heads home  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Song of the Day

Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra - Sail Along Silv'ry Moon (1957) - YouTube:

Today's Vintage Ad


Forgotten Hits: 50 Years Ago This Weekend

Forgotten Hits: 50 Years Ago This Weekend

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Georges Simenon, The Fugitive, Signet, 1958

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Four women fight over crying baby on Hong Kong flight

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Police tase chocolate-crazed monkey after ‘bedlam’ at elementary school

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Police: Woman Assaults Grandmother Over Facebook Friend Request

Mandy Rice-Davies, R. I. P.

BBC News: Former model Mandy Rice-Davies, one of the main figures in the 1960s Profumo affair, has died from cancer at the age of 70, her publicist has said.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Virna Lisi, R. I. P.

BBC News: Italian screen actress Virna Lisi, famed in the 1960s for appearing opposite stars including Frank Sinatra, has died at the age of 78.

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Vintage Treasures: The Alien Upstairs by Pamela Sargeant

Vintage Treasures: The Alien Upstairs by Pamela Sargeant

Galaxy Science Fiction, April 1952: A Retro-Review

Galaxy Science Fiction, April 1952: A Retro-Review

FFB: Shoot the President? Are You Mad? -- Frank McAuliffe

This is a repost from May 14, 2010.  I'm sad to say that what was a new book then is a forgotten book now, and that's a shame.

Okay, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, this is a new book. How can it be forgotten? Crider's finally lost it. You're probably right, as much as I hate to admit it. But here's my thinking.

Frank McAuliffe wrote some of my favorite crime novels, a three-book series featuring Augustus Mandrell, a professional assassin. When I picked up the first book, Of all the Bloody Cheek back in 1965, I don't know what I expected, but it sure wasn't what I got, which was one of the most original crime novels I'd read up to that time. 45 years later, it still is. (See my earlier post here.) Sort of. In 1968 and 1971 McAuliffe published two sequels. But they're not exactly sequels. All three books are made up of a series of linked novellas that play off each other and intertwine in ways that still amaze me after all these years. Taken together, they're really one big, hilarious, incredible book. You should find all three, which besides Of all the Bloody Cheek include Rather a Vicious Gentleman and For Murder I Charge More.

In 1975, McAuliffe submitted another novel to Ballantine books. The Ballantines thought it was too soon after the Kennedy assassination for a comedy crime caper about presidential assassination, and the book was turned down. It took another 35 years for it to appear in print. So it was forgotten for a long, long time.

I'm afraid it might be forgotten again, since it's been published by a small press called The Outfit, which as far as I can tell doesn't even mention the book on its website. You can order it from Amazon, though.

What you'll get is a book unlike any other you've ever read, unless you've read the earlier three. This one's more conventional than they are. It's not a series of linked novellas, but one caper. It's narrated by Mandrell in his usual style, which, let's say, is a unique form of stream-of-consciousness with snarky asides, comments addressed to the reader, and lots more. It's full of narrow escapes, sometimes one after another, and at times it's almost like watching a Marx Brothers movie. Maybe I'm the only one who likes stuff like this now. Others might not get it at all, but it connects with me just like it did in 1965. It's great to have this book in print. I hope it's not forgotten.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Blog Will Be Closed Today

The memorial service for Judy will be held today, so the blog will be dark.  It will return in a limited way tomorrow.  Thanks to everyone for all the kind thoughts, prayers, and support over the last several weeks.