Friday, August 28, 2015

Anoymous Person Of The Week

Person Of The Week

Song of the Day

Book of Love-The Monotones-original song-1958 - YouTube:

I Thought Guy Townsend Had Already Done This

A 500-Year-Old Royal Murder Mystery May Soon Be Solved: A murder case that’s gone unsolved for more than 500 years has just been opened back up. Historian and screenwriter Philippa Langley is launching a fresh investigation into the deaths of the “princes in the tower,” one of the most infamous crime mysteries in British history.

Gratuitous Guy M. Townsend reference explained.

Today's Vintage Ad


The Men Who Invented Fun: A History of Wham-O   

And even better:  12 Lesser-Known Wham-O Products You Have to See to Believe 


Bert & Dolores Hitchens, F. O. B. Murder, Perma Books, 1956

I Miss the Old Days

40 Cringeworthy Men's Fashion Ads From the 70s

12 Nosy Facts About 'Chinatown'

12 Nosy Facts About 'Chinatown' 

Hard Case Crime Reinvents Pulp

Lucky at Cards by Lawrence BlockHard Case Crime Reinvents Pulp: Crime novels are still a staple of many readers’ libraries to this day, but they really saw their heyday in the 1940s, 50s and 60s when the paperback pulp took off with names like Mickey Spillane, Jim Thompson, Erle Stanley Gardner (creator of Perry Mason) and Ross MacDonald, to name a few. The language was different than previous spy or detective novels – it was grittier, hardboiled and raw, full of dames and guns, and heavy with metaphor around every dark corner.

FFB: Clea's Moon -- Edward Wright

I was saddened to read of the death of Edward Wright in the latest PWA newletter.  I enjoyed Wright's books, and I'm glad I was able to congratulate him when he won the Shamus award.  This review originally appeared on April 21, 2007.  My reviews of three of Wright's other novels can be found here, here, and here.

It's L.A. in the late 1940s. At one time John Ray Horn starred in B westerns. That was before he went to prison for assault. Now he collects debts for Joseph Mad Crow, formerly his faithful Indian sidekick. An old friend calls John Ray about a problem he'd like some help with, but he dies in an apparent suicide before John Ray can really get a handle on things. Naturally John Ray suspects murder (and of course he's right). This leads him to discover, among other things, a box of pornographic photos of young girls, one of whom just happens to be the daughter of Horn's ex-wife. There are real estate scandals, buried secrets, and great post-war period details. David Thompson at Murder by the Book recommended this one to me, and I'm glad he did. I've already bought the sequel. Check it out.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Stephen King: Can a Novelist Be Too Productive?

Stephen King: Can a Novelist Be Too Productive? 

First It was the Thin Mints Melee . . .

And now it's the Unprovoked Potato Salad Attack!

Discovering Robert E. Howard: David Hardy on El Borak – The First and Last REH Hero

 Discovering Robert E. Howard: David Hardy on El Borak – The First and Last REH Hero

Song of the Day

DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE, The "5" Royales, King #5098 1957 - YouTube:

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

The best and worst series finales, charted: The Most Disappointing and the Most Satisfying Series Finales of All Time, in One Chart

Today's Vintage Ad

Pop Culture Syllabus: CDs

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Theodore Sturgeon, The Cosmic Rape, Dell, 1958

Nikki Finke’s Surprisingly Fun New Fiction Site

Nikki Finke’s Hollywood Dementia: A Guide: “#BOOM”: A Deep Dive Into Nikki Finke’s Surprisingly Fun New Fiction Site

I Miss the Old Days

The Evolution of Magazine Covers   

Link via Boing Boing.

O the Times They Are a-Changin'

Oxford Dictionaries Adds ‘Fat-Shame,’ ‘Butthurt’ and ‘Redditor’

Amelia Boynton Robinson, R. I. P.

The New York Times: Amelia Boynton Robinson, who was called the matriarch of the voting rights movement — and whose photograph, showing her beaten, gassed and left for dead in the epochal civil rights march known as Bloody Sunday, appeared in newspapers and magazines round the world in 1965 — died on Wednesday in Montgomery, Ala. She was 104.

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Edgar Rice Burroughs ~ The Tarzan Series

The Golden Age: Edgar Rice Burroughs ~ The Tarzan Series

Forgotten Music: The 5 Royales Are The Best R&B Group Nobody Knows

The 5 Royales Are The Best R&B Group Nobody Knows