Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Because, why not?

A Margaritaville-Themed Retirement Community is Coming to Florida

Song of the Day

Bo Diddley - Road Runner - YouTube:

How Did "Jones" Come to Mean "Craving"?

How Did "Jones" Come to Mean "Craving"? 

Today's Vintage Ad


By the time you read this, . . .

. . . I'll be sitting at M.D. Anderson as I await the blood draw that precedes my visit with my doctor.  After the visit with the doctor, if things go as planned, I'll have the third of the six chemo treatments in my little regimen.   Naturally all good thoughts, prayers, karma, and cash money are greatly appreciated.

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William G. Bogart, The Queen City Murder Case, Phantom Books (Australia), 1955

A Brief History of Ridiculous Celebrity Endorsements

A Brief History of Ridiculous Celebrity Endorsements  

Includes some great vintage ads.

Because, why not?

Riders of the Purple Sage: Zane Grey’s timeless novel will be staged as an opera.

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

Every 'X-Men' movie ranked worst to best

Bonus FFB on Wednesday: Red Sky at Morning -- Richard Bradford

I first read Red Sky at Morning when it came out in paperback long ago.  As I've mentioned many times before, I'm a sucker for a coming-of-age novel, and this is one of my favorites.  When I saw a trade paperback copy for a buck the other day, I decided it was time to read it again, and I'm glad I did.  It's just as warm and funny and touching as ever.

The time is the 1940s, and WWII is raging.  The narrator is Josh Arnold, whose father is a ship builder in Mobile, Alabama.  Afraid that Mobile might be a German target, Mr. Arnold sends Josh and his mother to their second home in a small New Mexico mountain town and joins the navy.  Both Josh and his mother are familiar with the town from vacations there, but living there is different.  Josh makes some friend and enemies and adjusts quickly.  His mother does not; she begins drinking heavily and eventually cracks up.

The dialogue in the book is wonderfully funny all the way through, the descriptions of weather and the town and the people are all spot on, and the characters are varied and engaging.  If you like coming-of-age novels at all, this one is must reading.  Highly recommended.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Ned Garver, R. I. P.

The New York Times: Ned Garver, the only pitcher in American League history to win at least 20 games in a season for a ball club that lost at least 100 times, achieving the feat for the 1951 St. Louis Browns, died on Sunday in Bryan, Ohio. He was 91.  i

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Why Great Critics Make Disastrous Judgments

Why Great Critics Make Disastrous Judgments

Song of the Day

Ringo Starr - Blindman - YouTube:

A Beginner's Guide to Body Snatching

A Beginner's Guide to Body Snatching

Today's Vintage Ad


Nine Modern Literary Letter Collections

Nine Modern Literary Letter Collections for the Curious Reader: The emails between Natalie Portman and Jonathan Safran Foer will soon be forgotten, while other correspondence is here to stay. Let’s go back to the days where writing letters was more about cultivating confidants and friendships, and less obviously a media stunt. Reading someone’s letters give us a glimpse into their private life — that’s why we love them. If you ever wondered what some of your favorite modern writers were composing when they weren’t polishing drafts of books that would go on to change the world, check out this list.

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Gerald Brown, Murder to an Audience, Phantom Books (Australia), 1954

I Miss the Old Days

Commentary: '67 was a groundbreaking year for films  I

Hat tip to Jeff Segal.

Erle Stanley Gardner on Mysteries

Erle Stanley Gardner on Mysteries

Overlooked Movies: Blindman

Tony Anthony stars as the blind man, a guy who's promised to deliver fifty women as mail-order brides to some lonely miners.  However, his fifty women have been stolen from him by his business partners and sold to a Mexican bandit, who plans to sell them to the Mexican army. Being blind is no handicap for Anthony, who goes after them along with his seeing-eye horse.  The movie's origin is in the well-known Zatoichi films from Japan, but it's not really much like the only one of those I've seen.

You might think that a blind man would have trouble shooting and fighting, but Anthony does a pretty good job of both.  The movie has plenty of action and a really high body count, not to mention torture, rape, and nudity.  It never slows down for long.  There's even some humor.

And of course there's Ringo Starr.  That's right, Ringo Starr as a Mexican bandit.  You have to see it to believe it.  He's not bad, even though he spends most of his time just scowling.  He also wrote a song for the movie, but it wasn't used.  It's today's "Song of the Day," so you can judge for yourself about whether that was a wise decision.


Blindman

BLINDMAN - TRAILER - YouTube:

Monday, February 27, 2017

New Poem at The Five-Two

The Five-Two: Karen Petersen: THE LAST BATTLE

Sacred Cat Rug

Sacred Cat Rug – St. Augustine, Florida: Possibly the world's oldest rug, this Egyptian relic is woven entirely from ancient cat hair and once carried a mummified human foot.

Song of the Day

GENE VINCENT The Wayward Wind - YouTube:

Forgotten Hits: February 27th

Forgotten Hits: February 27th

Today's Vintage Ad


10 Famous Cast Reunions That Make us Feel Old

10 Famous Cast Reunions That Make us Feel Old

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Neil Pritchie, The Savage Kick, Gold Medal, 1962

The Weird Story of “The Man They Couldn’t Hang”

The Weird Story of “The Man They Couldn’t Hang”

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

The Top 10 Classic Movie Musicals

Here Are All The Winners At The 2017 Oscars

Here Are All The Winners At The 2017 Oscars

Andy Warhol's Cats: 15 Minutes of Feline Fame

Andy Warhol's Cats: 15 Minutes of Feline Fame