Monday, May 25, 2015

The Latest Haul


Marques Haynes, R. I. P.

NY Daily News: PHOENIX (AP) — Marques Haynes, the legendary Harlem Globetrotters showman often called the greatest dribbler in basketball history, has died. He was 89.

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Marcus Belgrave, R. I. P.

NY Daily News: DETROIT — Marcus Belgrave, a jazz trumpeter who graced stages and studios with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Cocker and Motown artists galore, died Sunday.

First It was the Thin Mints Melee

Two stabbed over loud music at BBQ 

Song of the Day

"I Call Your Name" The Mamas & the Papas - YouTube:

Forgotten Hits: 50 Year Flashback - May 25th, 1965

Forgotten Hits: 50 Year Flashback - May 25th, 1965

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Or Maybe Not

10 Outlandish Theories That Change How You See Classic Books

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Charles Willeford, Lust is a Woman, Beacon, 1958

A Brief History of LA's "Witch House"

A Brief History of LA's "Witch House"

It's Memorial Day!

Memorial Day: Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

A Visit to the Mullzinis

I'm visiting my daughter, Angela, and her husband, Tom, in sunny Sonoma, California.  Today, Art Scott and Bruce Taylor came over from Livermore and Napa, respectively, and kidnapped me.  Sort of.  They said they had a big surprise for me, but they wouldn't say what it was.  They just bundled me into Bruce's Honda CRV and took off for and undisclosed location somewhere in California.  The surprise was a visit to the home of Bill Pronzini and Marcia Muller, two great writers whom it was a pleasure to see.  But the real purpose of the visit was the guided tour of the finest collection of crime fiction west of the Mississippi: hardbacks, paperbacks, and pulps included.  I've never seen such great stuff all in one place.  There's no need for me to enumerate things.  If you can think of a key crime fiction title, it was there.  In jacket and signed.  Okay, maybe not all of them, but wow.  Just wow.  And the pulps were amazing.  The paperbacks, too.   At least I own a couple of the paperbacks.  Maybe one or two of the hardbacks.  None of the pulps.  It was tough not to writhe in envy, but I managed it.  Bill, generous to a fault, even gave me a couple of his dupes.  Art and Bruce gave me even more books.  I have small pile of near mint Laser books and some other great crime paperbacks to take home with me.  This was better than the Kayo haul  And when we came back to Sonoma, Tom grilled some New York strip steaks, and Angela had mashed potatoes and salad and butter cake ready to go.  All in all, a great day.

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 

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First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Sausage Dispute Leads to Arrest of Man Named 'Bacon' 

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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

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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