Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and the Secret Ghostwriters of Children's Fiction

The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and the Secret Ghostwriters of Children's Fiction   

Link via Boing Boing.

To ‘Rising’ creators: Don’t mess with Texas history

To ‘Rising’ creators: Don’t mess with Texas history: Well the best one can say about the History Channel’s “Texas Rising” is that they spelled Texas right.

Better Call Saul

SFGate: The trial of a man accused of fraudulently buying more than 150 iPads came to an abrupt halt in Redwood City this week when the judge learned the defense attorney’s law license was inactive — and that the lawyer had a warrant out for his arrest on drug and theft charges, prosecutors said.  

Hat tip to Art Scott.

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

An Austin Brewery is Making 99 Packs of Beer Because Why Not  

Hat tip to Tom Neary.  If I've run this one before, I'll cut him out of the will.

Happy Birthday, Cassius!

euronews: Cassius, the world’s largest and oldest crocodile, celebrated his 112th birthday at his retirement home on idyllic Green Island, a Great Barrier Reef coral cay off the coast of Cairns, Australia.

New York?

Best places for barbecue in the US, according to TripAdvisor

Song of the Day

The Clash - Rock the Casbah - YouTube:

Hugh Ambrose, R. I. P.

Historian And Author Of 'The Pacific' Hugh Ambrose Dead At 48:  HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Hugh Ambrose, who wrote the World War II history "The Pacific" after years of researching for his father, the renowned historian Stephen Ambrose, has died at age 48.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

25 of the Bitchiest Joan Crawford Quotes

25 of the Bitchiest Joan Crawford Quotes

Today's Vintage Ad


Or Maybe You Do

16 Things You Might Not Know About 'Rambo' 

PaperBack



Robert Walsh, The Violent Hours, Signet, 1958

'WTF' added to dictionary

CNN.com: WTF joins emoji, NSFW, net neutrality, clickbait, click fraud, photobomb and other words reflecting modern life among the latest entries in Merriam-Webster's unabridged dictionary. Some 1,700 words have been included, along with 3,200 new examples to add context.

11 Facts About Hemingway’s 'The Old Man And The Sea'

11 Facts About Hemingway’s 'The Old Man And The Sea' 

About #8:  I was 11 years old when the Life magazine pictured here came out, and for whatever reason I already knew who Hemingway was (I was destined to be an English major, no doubt), so I read the excerpt and thought it was great.  It was the first Hemingway I'd ever read, but not the last by a long way.

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

Edward Gorey’s Best Book Jackets 

13 Bookstore Cats

13 Bookstore Cats

There's Good News Today!

The Atlantic: Like some inflatable phoenix whose wings double as beer koozies, SkyMall is rising from the ashes.

Forgotten Music

5 Unlikely Hit Songs 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

New EQMM Podcast

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine's Fiction Podcast - CastRoller: An historical mystery filled with high-seas adventure, by award-winning author and editor Toni L.P. Kelner, is featured in this month?s podcast, as read by Charlaine Harris. ?The Pirate?s Debt," which appeared in EQMM's August 2009 issue, received a nomination from the Short Mystery Fiction Society for best novelette of 2009. Following the reading, Toni and Charlaine join editor Janet Hutchings for an interview recorded at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. (This interview...

Soon We'll Have No Personal Freedoms Left

Student gets detention for giving ‘ghost pepper’ to classmates

Happy Birthday, Herman Wouk!

Herman Wouk, dean of historical novelists, turns 100: Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Herman Wouk turns 100 years old Wednesday and his long-time office manager says he may stop writing for an hour or two to celebrate.

Anybody Can Make a Little Mistake

Live anthrax inadvertently distributed by Army laboratory

NTTAWWT

FIFA Executive Committee Member Spent 6K Per Month On Apartment For His Cats 

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

Not that it will be any help.

Cowboys Using Drones In Practice 

First It was the Thin Mints Melee

Indiana Woman Gets Forked In The Eye At BBQ For ‘Taking The Last Rib’

10 Strange Cities Hidden Under Other Cities

10 Strange Cities Hidden Under Other Cities   

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Uh-Oh

‘League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ To Be Rebooted By Fox

Song of the Day

dead skunk ~ loudon wainwright III - YouTube:

Who were the Forty Elephants?

Who were the Forty Elephants?: This all-woman gang of thieves and blackmailers terrorized London for nearly 200 years.

Today's Vintage Ad


“Crime Research: Behind the Facade” (by Howard Halstead)

“Crime Research: Behind the Facade” (by Howard Halstead) | SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN

PaperBack



Perry Wolff, Attack (aka The Friend), Pocket Books, 1953

First It was the Thin Mints Melee

Man chokes his fiancée for liking IndyCar more than NASCAR   

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

15 Unexplored Corners of the Earth

15 Unexplored Corners of the Earth

10 Unsolved Murders Linked To Organized Crime

10 Unsolved Murders Linked To Organized Crime

Classic Gunfights

Dust-Up in Delta: The McCarty Gang vs W. Ray Simpson

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

26 Striking Photos Showing The Effects Of Destructive Floods In Texas And Oklahoma

As for me, I'm back in Alvin, where it rained only around 4 inches.  So no problems here.

26 Striking Photos Showing The Effects Of Destructive Floods In Texas And Oklahoma 

First It was the Thin Mints Melee

Waffle-maker dispute results in 30 people kicked out of Mason County hotel, police say 

Song of the Day

The Cars - You Might Think - YouTube:

Tanith Lee, R. I. P.

Heavy.com: Tanith Lee, who also wrote under the pseudonym Esther Garber, has died at the age of 67. She passed away on May 24.

Mind-blowing facts

These 7 statements sound crazy, but are absolutely true (VIDEO).

Today's Vintage Ad


First It was the Thin Mints Melee

Machete-wielding man attacks DPS patrol car on I-17 

PaperBack



Clay Fisher (Henry Wilson Allen), Yellow Hair, Pocket Books, 1961

I Seem to Have Missed Most of Them

47 Books Every College Grad Needs To Read

I Miss the Old Days

Don’t You Forget About this tribute to '80s teen movies

Overlooked Movies: Girls Town


A rerun from 10-25-2011.  It just gets better with age.  The movie, that is, not this little commentary.

What we have here is a great trash classic. It has so much going for it that I hardly know where to begin. How about the cast, featuring the world's oldest teenagers? Okay, there's Mamie Van Doren, which right there lets you know you're in for a good time. There's Mel Tormé as a "hot-rod hoodlum"! Ray Anthony as a private-eye. Harold Lloyd, Jr. Charles Chaplin, Jr. Paul "Lonely Boy" Anka! Dick Contino. (Yes, the same one James Ellroy fictionalized.) The Platters! Not to mention Elinor Donahue, Cathy Crosby, Gigi Perreau, and Gloria Talbot.

One of my favorite memories of this movie comes from its first appearance on screen in my hometown. I was trying to talk a friend into going to see it with me. "It has Mel Tormé in it," I said. "Who's Mel Tormé?" he asked. "He's the Velvet Fog." "I still don't know who you're talking about." It was 1959, but Mel's time had come and gone. This movie didn't bring him back into the limelight.

It didn't do anything for Paul Anka's acting career, either. He's pretty bad. Okay, more than pretty bad.

So why do I love movies like that? I have no idea. Even in 1959 I knew how bad it was. But it shouldn't be forgotten. Watch it and see if you don't agree.

Girls Town

Girls Town (1959) trailer - YouTube: