Saturday, November 28, 2015

Guy Lewis, R. I. P.

New York Times: Guy Lewis, a Hall of Fame basketball coach known for leading the University of Houston’s Phi Slama Jama teams of the early 1980s, died on Thursday at a retirement home in Kyle, Tex. He was 93.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Judy Crider -- November 5, 1943 -- November 27, 2014

FFB: The Violent Ones -- Brant House, editor

Back in the Old Days, we didn't have Syrian refugees to fear, but we had plenty of other things.  We had the commies, the bomb, and of course juvenile delinquents.  

I believe that Brant House is *ahem* a house name used at Ace Books.  That's what Wikipedia says, so it must be true.  For this book, whoever was using the name assembled a book of stories about the fearful plague of delinquents on the nation, and as you can see from the back cover (and the title), he didn't pick out any stories about youngsters who help old ladies across the street.  Or if he did, those aren't the ones I read.

Evan Hunter's "See Him Die" is a told by a cop-hating youth who thinks a killer is a heroic guy.  Don't think this is going to be a story with a moral, one in which the narrator sees the error of his ways.  These stories aren't about people who do that.

The narrator of Robert Silverberg's "Russian Roulette" talks her boyfriend into playing the game.  And she wants to go first.  These are tough kids, and she's even tougher than you might think.

In "The Bobby Soxer" Jonathan Craig gives us another girl as the protagonist.  It's what happens after a man drags her into an alley and tries to rape her that gives the story its kicker.

Gil Brewer might have the nastiest story in the book (I haven't read all of them yet) in "On a Sunday Afternoon."  A man, his wife, and his child go on a picnic after church.  What could possibly to wrong?  J.D.s, that's what.  Very bad things happen.

Robert Turner's "Movie Night" closes things out with another story of a simple pleasure -- a night at a drive-in movie -- that gets way out of hand.  

[SPOILER ALERT] There's not a single story that I read in which any of the perpetrators of violence are punished.  I'm not sure what this tells us. [END OF SPOILER ALERT]

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Crew

Back Row: Natalie Fulwiler, Scott Fulwiler, Allen Crider, Norma Fulwiler

Front Row: Tom Neary, Angela Crider Neary, Francelle Bettinger, Will Fulwiler, Bill Crider  (Francelle is my sister, and the Fulwilers are her son, his wife, and her grandkids.)

Who Says Hollywood Is Out of Ideas?

‘The Wages Of Fear’ Remake: Ben Wheatley In Talks To Write & Direct

Song of the Day

We Gather Together - Celtic Spirits - YouTube:

Yet Another List I'm Not On

Best mystery books and thrillers of 2015 - The Washington Post

Today's Vintage Ad

First It was the Thin Mints Melee

SFGate: Frustration is not an unfamiliar feeling for anyone who’s gone to the DMV, but one San Francisco man’s resilience and one clerk’s impatience resulted in a brawl at the department’s office with each using desk supplies as weapons.

Eat Like the Pilgrims

Eat Like the Pilgrims


Dorothy Charques, Men Like Shadows, Ballantine, 1965

Who Says TV Is Out of Ideas?

Read it and weep: 42 Movies Being Adapted For TV

The Origins of 15 Holiday Foods and Drinks

The Origins of 15 Holiday Foods and Drinks

How the Thanksgiving turkey was named after the country Turkey

How the Thanksgiving turkey was named after the country Turkey: The turkey, as you probably know, is native to North and Central America. So of course it's named after a Middle Eastern country, because why not, right?

Forgotten Music: 5 Insane Stunts From The Craziest Record Label Of All-Time

5 Insane Stunts From The Craziest Record Label Of All-Time