Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Song of the Day

I Miss the Old Days

Joi Lansing: American Blonde Bombshell of Hollywood From the 1950s 

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'Howard Days' Honors the Most Influential Texas Writer You've Never Heard Of

In Cross Plains, 'Howard Days' Honors the Most Influential Texas Writer You've Never Heard Of: In Cross Plains, a literary festival honors Robert E. Howard, the most influential Texas writer you’ve never heard of.  

Hat tip to Mike Stamm.
Somehow this post got lost in my files, but here it is, a little late.

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Jack Woodford, The Abortive Hussy, Avon, 1948

5 Amazing Things Invented by Donald Duck (Seriously)

5 Amazing Things Invented by Donald Duck (Seriously)  

Link via Neatorama.

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

Casa Neverlandia – Austin, Texas: The whimsical and inspiring “Casa Neverlandia” in Austin looks like something Salvador Dali would have designed if he had grown up in Morocco and spent his summers studying eastern philosophy at a Tahitian safari camp. In fact, it is the amazing residence and creation of one James Talbot, drawing on his 40 years of remarkable life experiences.

Overlooked TV: Harlan Coben's The Five

Okay, I know it's brand new to the U.S., but how many of you have seen it?  I don't see a lot of mentions of it, so I thought maybe you'd overlooked it.  You shouldn't because we should all support struggling young writers like Harlan Coben.

Okay, so that was a joke.  Harlan's doing just fine, as indicated by the fact that he gets his name above the title.  How often does that happen to a writer?

I'm not sure just how this series of ten episodes came to be written.  I know that Harlan didn't write the individual episodes, but maybe he wrote the overall plan for the series.  The premise is certainly typical Coben.  A child disappears in 1995.  In 2015 his DNA turns up at a murder scene.  The child, Jesse, was out with four others, his brother, Mark, Pru, Slade, and Danny.  Danny's now a police detective, and he's the one who learns about the DNA match.  He calls the others, and the hunt for Jesse is on.  

That's all I have to say about the plot because I don't want to spoil the fun.  It's full of twists, at least two per episode, and I enjoyed every bit of it.  The cast, all British and none of whom I knew, is uniformly excellent, right down to the smallest bits.  There's a hotel keeper whose hilarious overplaying made me wish he'd been in more scenes.  The British accents were no problem at all for me. I didn't even have to turn on the closed-caption feature.

Maybe Harlan Coben's The Five won't be your cuppa, but I highly recommend that you give it a try.  I was hooked from the start.

Harlan Coben’s The Five

Monday, September 25, 2017

‘Hap & Leonard’ Update

Deadline: ‘Hap & Leonard’: Louis Gossett Jr., Corbin Bernsen & Andrew Dice Clay Set To Recur In Season 3 Of SundanceTV Series

The Man Who Invented Billy the Kid

The Man Who Invented Billy the Kid 

Song of the Day

I Miss the Old Days

Raquel Welch: The Classic Beauty of the 1960s

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Or Maybe You Do

10 Things You May Not Know About the Pinkertons

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Viña Delmar, The Marriage Racket, Avon, 1946

16 Epic Facts About 'Spartacus'

16 Epic Facts About 'Spartacus'

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

The Most Interesting Bugs in the World

Forgotten Hits: September 25th

Forgotten Hits: September 25th: "The Letter" by The Box Tops holds on to the #1 spot on the chart as "Never My Love" by The Association jumps from #6 to #2.  The rest of the Top Five hold steady from the week before.  "Higher And Higher" by Jackie Wilson is up from #9 to #6 and "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison and "I Dig Rock And Roll Music" by Peter, Paul and Mary enter The Top Ten for the first time at numbers 9 and 10 respectively. 

SuperChart included.

25 Books About Teachers & Schools

Up the Down Staircase by Bel KaufmanHigher Learning: 25 Books About Teachers & Schools in Literature: For most of us, schools and teachers have played a big role in our lives. Discover a wide selection of books about schools, the students that attend them, and the teachers that dedicate their lives to educating young people. Touching, amusing and enlightening - you're bound to be educated by this reading list.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Kit Reed, R. I. P.

Kit Reed, June 7, 1932 — September 24, 2017: Reed was the author of 16 novels and 10 collections, including the Campbell nominee Where (2016), Tiptree Award nominee Little Sisters of the Apocalypse (1994), and Shirley Jackson Award nominee The Story Until Now: A Great Big Book of Stories (2013).

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

There's an evil clown donut delivery service in Texas

It's National Punctuation Day!

NPD logoNational Punctuation Day

The Bizarre Story of Piggly Wiggly

The Bizarre Story of Piggly Wiggly, the First Self-Service Grocery Store

Song of the Day

The Spy Museum

More Than 5,000 Objects of Espionage Are Coming to the Spy Museum: The trove of cool artifacts comes from the world’s largest private collection of spycraft

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I Miss the Old Days

24 Color Snapshots of Women Posing with Flowers in the 1960s

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Viña Delmar, Loose Ladies, Avon, 1946

Winners of the Honey & Wax Women's Book-Collecting Prize

Winners of the Honey & Wax Women's Book-Collecting Prize

How English Was Made

How English Was Made

Celeste Ng: By the Book

Celeste Ng: By the Book: The author of, most recently, “Little Fires Everywhere,” often returns to “The Count of Monte Cristo”: “Right now, I see it as an exploration of the complexities of good and evil and how easily one shifts into the other.”