Sunday, November 23, 2014

New Story at Beat to a Pulp

NightSweats: NIGHT SWEATS Garnett Elliott

Yet Another List I'm Not On

Meet the 100 Most Significant Americans of All Time

Song of the Day

WILLIE NELSON - WHISPERING HOPE - YouTube:

What 1939 Thought Fashion in 2000 Would Look Like

What 1939 Thought Fashion in 2000 Would Look Like 

Today's Vintage Ad


A Visual Guide to All 37 Villains in the 'Batman' TV Series

A Visual Guide to All 37 Villains in the 'Batman' TV Series 

PaperBack



John Godey, A Thrill a Minute with Jack Albany, Gold Medal, 1968

9 Celebrity #TBT Photos You May Have Missed This Week

9 Celebrity #TBT Photos You May Have Missed This Week

Soon to Be a Lifetime Movie

My husband was no match for the fantasy hunk in my erotic novels... so I've ditched him, says bestselling writer of steamy fiction

Here's the Plot for Your Next Espionage Thriller

Modern art was CIA 'weapon' 

Nic Cage Update

Fact Fiend: Spend enough time online and you’ll eventually learn a lot about the mysterious and legendary figure known to the world as Nicolas Cage. Over the years much has been written about Cage and not a lot of it is flattering, so we wanted to correct that by explaining how Cage is literally one of the most generous celebrities out there.

The 50 Hottest Cars Of The Past 100 Years

The 50 Hottest Cars Of The Past 100 Years

Or Maybe You Did

Films You Didn’t Know Were Ripped from the Headlines

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Black Holes point to a cosmic clue

Black Holes point to a cosmic clue: Scientists detect an eerie alignment of black holes, suggesting an underlying Dark Matter filament to the universe

Gustave Eiffel's Secret Apartment

Atlas Obscura: When the Eiffel Tower opened in 1889 to universal wonder and acclaim, designer Gustave Eiffel soaked up the praise, but as if that wasn't enough, it was soon revealed that he had built himself a small apartment near the top of the world wonder garnering him the envy of the Parisian elite in addition to his new fame.

Song of the Day

The Partridge Family - I Think I Love You - YouTube:

The Weird Week in Review

The Weird Week in Review 

Today's Vintage Ad


Forgotten Hits: The Saturday Surveys ( 11 - 22 )

Forgotten Hits: The Saturday Surveys ( 11 - 22 )

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Laura Duchamp, Duet, Midwood, 1964

Alvin, Texas, Inexplicably Not Included

10 of the Most Remote Places on Earth Where People Actually Live

My Mother

I don't remember November 22 as the day JFK was shot, or not only because of that.  I remember it because it's my mother's birthday.  She and my grandmother both loved the beach, and here they are in Galveston, long ago.  I miss them both more than I can say.

If You Have the Time and the Money, That Is

24 Gorgeous Castles From The British Isles You Can Actually Visit

10 - 9 - 8 - . . . .

Iconic Kennedy Space Center Countdown Clock Retires

What The World Was Like When Today's High School Seniors Were Born

What The World Was Like When Today's High School Seniors Were Born

Friday, November 21, 2014

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

Texas mail man had been delivering meth for years  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Jeff Meyerson Saw Them Open for Moby Grape

Mysterious glowing worms found in the Amazon

"weird, upsetting, unmissable'

Telegraph: An Israeli detective novel examines Germany in 1939 through a savagely funny plot device: Hitler as a Private Eye  

Hat tip to Fred Zackel.

5 Weird Looking (But Fascinating!) Frogs

5 Weird Looking (But Fascinating!) Frogs

Song of the Day

John Mellencamp - Jack & Diane - YouTube:

10 Most Outrageous Things Benjamin Franklin Ever Did

10 Most Outrageous Things Benjamin Franklin Ever Did 

Today's Vintage Ad


Forgotten Hits: 50 Years Ago This Weekend

Forgotten Hits: 50 Years Ago This Weekend

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Mark Alexander, The Diary of Mata Hari, Brandon House, 1967

FFB: Shoot -- Douglas Fairbain

Here's another book I picked up in a thrift shop the other day just because I couldn't resist it.  I read it almost exactly 40 years ago, when the first paperback edition came out, and I've never forgotten it.  It's short (always a plus!), fast, and dark.   

It opens with a sentence that Stephen King admires (see On Writing): "This is what happened."  The narrator, Rex Jeanrette, and his hunting buddies, all of them combat veterans of various wars (WWII, Korea) are deer hunting when they spot another group of hunters across a river.  Suddenly one of the other hunters brings up his rifle and shoots one of Jeanrette's group, wounding him, and one of that group fires back, killing a man.  That's what happened.  But what it leads to, well, that's the rest of the book.

Jeanrette is a sociopath who'd be right at home in one of Jim Thompson's novels.  The other men all seem to have something missing in their lives, something they haven't experienced since being in combat.  Jeanrette recruits a couple of others who are much the same, Vietnam vets who are just drifting because since combat they have nothing much to focus on.

Shoot shows macho taken to the extreme.  And it's right up to date.  It could've been written last week with some simple changes, or so it seems to me.  It's noir of a very dark hue, too, though the subject isn't one of the traditional ones noir deals with.  Check it out and see what you think.

4 Fake Quotes by Famous Authors to Watch Out For

4 Fake Quotes by Famous Authors to Watch Out For

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Woman Stabs Boyfriend After He Threatens Turtle

50 Great Dark Books for the Dark Days of Winter

Flavorwire: 50 Great Dark Books for the Dark Days of Winter

Croc Update (Mafia Edition)

Mafia bosses used crocodiles, boa constrictors and pythons to intimidate victims 

Blogging Sapper’s Bulldog Drummond, Part Seven – Temple Tower

Blogging Sapper’s Bulldog Drummond, Part Seven – Temple Tower

Vintage Treasures: The Cosmic Puppets by Philip K. Dick / Sargasso of Space by Andre Norton

Vintage Treasures: The Cosmic Puppets by Philip K. Dick / Sargasso of Space by Andre Norton

The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes – Solar Pons

Black Gate � Blog Archive � Pons

John D. MacDonald's The Deceivers

The Trap of Solid Gold: The Deceivers