Saturday, July 22, 2017

John Heard, R. I. P.

ABC News: Actor John Heard, whose many roles included the father in the "Home Alone" series and a corrupt detective in "The Sopranos," has died. He was 71.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

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Listen to Radio on the Go With This Strange 1931 Hat

Song of the Day

(8) Rosanne Cash - Tennessee Flat Top Box - YouTube:

Old Car City

Old Car City: One of the world's largest automobile junkyards is a unique landscape of metal and moss. 

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10 Gods of Death, Destruction, and the Underworld

10 Gods of Death, Destruction, and the Underworld

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Kermit Welles (Manning Lee Stokes), Gambler's Girl, Original Novels, 1951

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

The 10 Best TV Shows on Amazon Prime

I Found a Penny in the Walmart Parking Lot Last Week

9-year-old's stumble leads to million-year-old fossil discovery

Clancy Sigal, R. I. P.

The New York Times: The first time Clancy Sigal went to jail he was 5. His mother, a Socialist union organizer, had been arrested in Chattanooga, Tenn., for violating social and legal norms when she convened a meeting of black and white female textile workers. Hauled away to the jailhouse, she took Clancy with her.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

When New York City Rioted Over Hamlet Being Too British

When New York City Rioted Over Hamlet Being Too British: In the deadly Astor Place Riot, how to perform Shakespeare served as a proxy for class warfare

Friday, July 21, 2017

At 100, Andrew Wyeth Still Brushes People the Right (and Wrong) Way

At 100, Andrew Wyeth Still Brushes People the Right (and Wrong) Way

Song of the Day

(8) Rodney Crowell -- She's Crazy For Leavin' - YouTube:

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

The Funniest Town Name in All 50 States

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I Miss the Old Days

61 Intimate Snapshots Document Everyday Life of Middle-Aged Americans in the 1960s

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Norman Bligh, Over Night (Harlot in Her Heart), Venus Books, 1952

Ten Ways to Organize Your Bookshelf

Ten Ways to Organize Your Bookshelf

The Best of Cordwainer Smith, edited by J. J. Pierce

The Best of Cordwainer Smith, edited by J. J. Pierce

FFB: Ross Macdonald's Inward Journey -- Ralph B. Sipper, Editor

Ross Macdonald isn't much read or discussed these days, and when I do see references to him by younger readers, they don't seem to be much impressed with his work.  That's quite a change from past decades, including the 1980s when Ross Macdonald's Inward Journey was published.  The book includes two previously unpublished essays by Macdonald himself and a short but quite poignant one by his wife, Margaret Millar; however in the main it's a tribute to Macdonald's life and work by other writers.  Those who don't think that Macdonald was one of the greats might want to consider what these writers have to say.  I'll give a few examples.

Robert B. Parker:  "It's not just that Ross Macdonald taught us how to write; he did something much more, he taught us how to read, and how to think about life, and maybe, in some small, but mattering way, how to live."

Thomas Berger:  "Ross Macdonald's work has consistently nourished me, at home and abroad.  I have turned to it often to hear what I should like to call the justice of its voice and to be enlightened by its imagination, and, not incidentally, superbly entertained."

Collin Wilcox: "I own Ken Millar more than I can ever repay."

Paul Nelson:  "I remember thinking we come to his novels for comfort in the disaster of our lives, knowing that he and Archer have seen us -- and worse than us -- and will dispense mercy and kindness or, if they turn us over, at least understand."

And so on.  Some of the writers were even inspired to write poems instead of essays.  I've been a fan of Macdonald's work since the first time I picked up one of his books, more than 50 years ago.  Reading Ross Macdonald's Inward Journey reminded me again of why I liked his work so much.  It might do the same for you.  And if you've never read his books, don't read this book first.  Read one of Macdonald's novels first.  The sooner, the better.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Festival: Crime Novel of the Year

Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Festival: Crime Novel of the Year

Top 10 Origins Of Popular Desserts

Top 10 Origins Of Popular Desserts

Song of the Day

(7) Paul Simon - Loves Me Like A Rock - YouTube:

70 People Were Harmed In The Making Of This Film

70 People Were Harmed In The Making Of This Film 

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Hunka, Hunka Burnin' Iron

Hunka, Hunka Burnin' Iron: Elvis Presley’s firearms set world records.

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E. C. Tubb, City of No Return, Scion Books, 1954

The Debuts and Early Performances of 20 Future Stars

The Debuts and Early Performances of 20 Future Stars: The most famous show business performers in history are no different than the unknowns, the obscures and the lesser knowns. Every performer has one thing in common- they all made their debut somewhere or other, whether auspicious or less so. Like they say, everyone has to start some place. Let's take a look at the show biz debuts and earliest performances of twenty stars.

I Miss the Old Days

45 Glamorous Snapshots Capture Women in Swimsuits at Beaches during the 1950s

"They say there's always magic in the air . . ."

Machete-Swinging MTA Worker Arrested After Brawling With Man Holding Trash Can on Broadway

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Red West, R. I. P.

Red West, Elvis Presley's friend and film and TV actor, dies: MEMPHIS — Red West, the longtime and sometimes critical confidante and bodyguard of Elvis Presley who became a successful film and television actor after the singer's death, died Tuesday night after suffering an aortic aneurysm at Baptist Hospital. He was 81.  

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I Found a Penny in the Walmart Parking Lot Last Week

Tomb of King Tutankhamun’s wife’s likely discovered, archaeologists say