Wednesday, November 26, 2014

David Baldacci: By the Book

David Baldacci: By the Book 

James Patterson Aims to 'Save Our Books'

Shelf Awareness: James Patterson Aims to 'Save Our Books'

Just in Time for Christmas -- A Covey of Quail by Richard Prosch -- Giveaway!

Painted Pony Books: Just in Time for Christmas -- New Release -- A COVEY OF QUAIL by RIchard Prosch -- Giveaway!: The Jo Harper series continues with an exciting new holiday story. Richard Prosch is giving away one free ecopy of A Covey of Quail to one lucky person who comments, so be sure and leave your contact information. 

5 Real Robberies With Better Twists Than Any Heist Movie

5 Real Robberies With Better Twists Than Any Heist Movie 

Song of the Day

The Seekers - I'll Never Find Another You - 1965 - YouTube:

My Bid Missed It by That Much *holds thumb and forefinger a millimeter apart*

‘Casablanca’ Piano Sells for $3.4 Million at Bonhams 

Announcement

According to this announcement, it appears that Sheriff Rhodes will be around for at least two more books (assuming I'm not too lazy to write them): "Bill Crider's SURVIVORS WILL BE SHOT AGAIN and the next Sheriff Dan Rhodes mystery, to Toni Kirkpatrick at Thomas Dunne Books, by Kim Lionetti at BookEnds (NA)."

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10 Priceless Cultural Works We Nearly Lost Forever

10 Priceless Cultural Works We Nearly Lost Forever 

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Ted Mark (Theodore Gottfried), The Nude Wore Black, Lancer, 1967

Paris Hilton Update

Paris Hilton shows she's got edge in a gothic black top and tight leather leggings arriving at LAX   

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Science Fiction Book Club brochures 1962-1985

The Golden Age: Things To Come ~ misc Science Fiction Book Club brochures 1962-1985 ~ artwork by Finlay, Freas, Frazetta, Holland, Corben, Kaluta and others

Yet Another List I'm Not On

Best Mystery/Thriller Books of 2014 | Publishers Weekly

Silent Comics of the Sound Era

Silent Comics of the Sound Era 

Celery and Olives Dominated Thanksgiving for Nearly 100 Years—Until They Didn’t

Celery and Olives Dominated Thanksgiving for Nearly 100 Years—Until They Didn’t   

Link via Neatorama.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

JK Rowling Update

JK Rowling finishes Harry Potter spin-off script: what to expect 

Win a Kindle Voyage Loaded with Brash Books

Win a Kindle Voyage Loaded with Brash Books

Release Day!

I'm "And Others."

Instant Karma

Florida man pulls back gun hammer to threaten wife, dog — then accidentally shoots self in face

The top 10 words invented by writers

The top 10 words invented by writers 

Uh-Oh

The Perils Of Technology, The Dangers Of ‘Email Apnea’ 

Song of the Day

This Wheel's On Fire - Ian & Sylvia - YouTube:

“Crime Writing in Iceland? Really?” (by Ragnar Jonasson)

“Crime Writing in Iceland? Really?” (by Ragnar Jonasson) | SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN

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First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Woman faces assault charge after Monopoly game gets out of hand  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

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Eric Ambler, Journey into Fear, Pocket Books, 1943

Shakespeare Update

Rare copy of William Shakespeare’s First Folio found in French library

Screwball Comedy: The Essential Characters

Flavorwire: The 8 People You Meet in a Screwball Comedy

Archaeology Upate

Ancient Settlement Discovered Off Greek Island Of Delos

The 25 Best Inventions of 2014

The 25 Best Inventions of 2014

Overlooked Movies -- Heaven Can Wait (1943)

Yes, once again I'm cheating.  Many of you will be familiar with this movie, but I'm guessing that some of you have overlooked it.  (When Warren Beatty made a movie called Heaven Can Wait some years after this one, he took the title but nothing else.  His movie is based on one called Here Comes Mr. Jordan.)

The movie looks great.  (I miss Technicolor that practically blazes off the screen.)  The opening scene is a gem as Henry van Cleve (Don Ameche) descends a long stairway down to the magnificent art deco anteroom to Hell, where he meets His Excellency (Laird Cregar) for the interview that will determine whether Henry can enter Hell itself.  He feels he's fully qualified because of the life he's led, which he begins to describe to His Excellency.

His story is mostly about women.  He's known his share, but he falls hard for Martha Strable (Gene Tierney) the instant he sees her, and there's a fine flirtation in the Brentano's Bookstore of the latter 19th century.  Martha is engaged, and though she's obviously attracted, she flees.  Later Henry is attending an engagement party for his priggish cousin Albert (Allyn Joslyn).  It's no surprise to us that Albert's intended is Martha.  Henry finds her alone and proposes that they elope right then and there, which they do.

During their marriage, Henry continues to dally with other women.  Martha leaves him once and returns to her Kansas home (and some great scenes with Marjorie Main and Eugene Pallette), where Henry and his grandfather (Charles Coburn) track her down.  So does Albert, but Henry and Martha "elope" again.

After Martha's death, Henry is still gallivanting around, although it's obvious that he was deeply in love with his wife.  In his last illness he has a dream that a boatman has arrived to take him away.   Henry tells his nurse that he wouldn't get into such a shoddy rowboat and  insisted on a beautiful ship.  And the boatman returned with it and with a beautiful woman, too.  

After hearing Henry's story, His Excellency directs Henry to the "Up" elevator and tells him that his wife and grandfather are waiting for him and that there might be a small room for him there.

This is a funny and touching movie, and it's the best role Don Ameche ever had, at least for me.  He had a nice late-career revival in movies like Cocoon and Things Change, but in this one he's just tops.  So is everybody else.  A movie like this would no doubt flop today, but I liked just about everything about it.  Watch the trailer down below, and you might find that you'd like to see the movie, too.

Heaven Can Wait

Heaven Can Wait (1943) Trailer - YouTube:

Monday, November 24, 2014

Sunset as Seen from a Hospital Room at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center


Top Hits at British Funerals

Monty Python tune tops funeral songs

Hat tip to Rick Robinson.

Dave Appell, R. I. P.

Billboard: Dave Appell, the Philadelphia songwriter-producer behind such 1960s rock 'n' roll hits as "Let's Twist Again" and "Limbo Rock" from Chubby Checker and Dee Dee Sharp's "Mashed Potato Time," has died. He was 92.

Frank Frazetta ~ Burroughs Artist Portfolio ~ Canaveral Plates ~ 1968

The Golden Age: Frank Frazetta ~ Burroughs Artist Portfolio ~ Canaveral Plates ~ 1968

Song of the Day

Hold on tight to your Dreams - ELO - YouTube:

The Sci-fi Films of Robert Wise

The Sci-fi Films of Robert Wise

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10 Authentic Historical Artifacts No One Can Explain

10 Authentic Historical Artifacts No One Can Explain

Matthew McConaughey to take The Stand

The Guardian: Matthew McConaughey is tipped to take the role of villainous Randall Flagg in The Stand, a Hollywood franchise based on the 1978 Stephen King novel. Backed by Warner Bros, The Stand will be released as four standalone pictures directed by Josh Boone. Discussing the project on Kevin Smith’s podcast, Boone described The Stand as “the Godfather of post-apocalyptic thrillers.”

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Cynthia Sydney, Give and Take, Midwood, 1966

New Poem at the Five-Two

The Five-Two: John David Muth: November Storm

I Prefer the Term "Homage"

Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism 

I For One Welcome Our New Robot Masters

Microsoft turns to robotic security guards to watch for trouble

You Deserve A Break Today

Motorist Hit Man In McDonald’s Drive-Thru, Then Backed Over Him To Grab Order 

I Love Stories Like This

This Way to Texas: A box of books

The most-stolen vehicle in every state

The most-stolen vehicle in every state