Sunday, May 24, 2015

Anne Meara, R. I. P.

Actress Anne Meara:LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress and comedian Anne Meara, whose comic work with husband Jerry Stiller helped launch a 60-year career in film and TV, has died. She was 85.

Song of the Day

Jackie Wilson~ "Down By The Riverside", Duet with Linda Hopkins & Jackie Wilson - YouTube:

John Nash, R. I. P.

John Nash, Subject of A Beautiful Mind, Killed In Taxi CrashPrinceton University mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr., played by Russell Crowe as the subject of the film A Beautiful Mind, and his wife of nearly 60 years died Saturday in a taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. Nash was 86 and his wife Alicia was 82.

Excellent Edwardian Novels You Can Read Right Now

Excellent Edwardian Novels You Can Read Right Now 

Today's Vintage Ad


First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Sausage Dispute Leads to Arrest of Man Named 'Bacon' 

PaperBack



William Colt MacDonald, The Range Kid, Pyramid, 1957

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

Readers' Poll: The 10 Best TV Series Finales - Readers' Poll: The 10 Best TV Series Finales 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Me and My Good Buddy Chuck

At the Charles Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA.

Kayo Books Purchases


The 10 Most Beautiful Churches In Texas Will Take Your Breath Away

The 10 Most Beautiful Churches In Texas Will Take Your Breath Away  

Link via Kevin's Corner.

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

What could possibly go wrong?  Laboratory-Made Fungus Is Part Human 

Song of the Day

Johnny Preston ~ Charming Billy - YouTube:

11 Celebrity #TBT Photos You May Have Missed This Week

11 Celebrity #TBT Photos You May Have Missed This Week

Today's Vintage Ad


The Weird Week in Review

The Weird Week in Review

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Roy Sheldon, Phantom Moon, Hamiltons Books Science Fiction Fortnightly, 1951

The Six Most Terrifying Serial Killer Families In History

The Six Most Terrifying Serial Killer Families In History

Friday, May 22, 2015

Angela and Tom Took Don Heron's Dashiell Hammett Walking Tour of San Francisco

Here's the report:  Tour: Sons and Daughters | Up and Down These Mean Streets

Soon We'll Have No Personal Freedoms Left

And, as usual, Texas leads the way.

Entertainment' sonograms at San Antonio flea market violated health and safety codes, state says

Song of the Day

Chains of Love - YouTube:

The Age of Trading Stamps

Free with Purchase: The Age of Trading Stamps

Today's Vintage Ad


A Double Review of Interest (To Me, Anyway)

Kevin's Corner: Double Take FFB Review: "Outrage At Blanco" by Bill Crider

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Mary Clare, White Man's Slave, Leisure Library, 1953

John D. MacDonald's Clemmie

A lengthy analysis and an interesting discover.

The Trap of Solid Gold: Clemmie

10 Films Featuring Fantastic Female-Led Casts

10 Films Featuring Fantastic Female-Led Casts 

A Forgotten Book

Into the Wastelands: Enchanted Pilgrimage by Clifford D. Simak

FFB: Earth's Last Citadel -- C. L. Moore and Henry Kuttner

A while back I linked to this "Vintage Treasures" post on about Earth's Last Citadel on Black Gate.  After reading the post, I felt the need to read the book again, not having read it in a long, long time. 

The premise is goofy enough to entice anybody.  In the midst of WWII (The Big One) an American agent is rescuing a famous Scottish scientist in North Africa. They're being pursued by a couple of Nazi agents, one of them a beautiful woman, when they find themselves transferred a billion years into the future, at just about the end of time on Earth.  What's left of the human race is doomed unless the four time-travelers can save it.  

There's a lot of the old sense-of-wonder pulpiness here, including an alien villain who's made of pure energy and who's a psychic vampire, an amazing city at the end of time, an underground civilization of primitive types, and more.  There's purple prose.  There's a stalwart hero.  There's a lot of action.  If you're looking for character development and subtlety, you're in the wrong place.  It's all good, pulpy fun, though, if you're in the right mood for that kind of entertainment, and sometimes i am.  It's also very short, which is another virtue I appreciate.

Here's a description that I found interesting.  Mike is one of the Nazis, and here's how he looks at one point. "Mike's [clothing] had not been mended at all.  He stood there straddle-legged, a figure of strong bronze, his blunt features restrained to an impassivity more revealing than any scowl."  Is it just me, or does this remind anybody else of a famous pulp figure?  Probably just me, and a coincidence to boot.