Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday's Forgotten Books, October 21, 2016

Todd Mason will have the links today. Decided Phil needed a special trip for his birthday this week.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Where I Ate Dinner at a Child.

When I was a kid this was the only restaurant in my neighborhood. That would have been the mid-sixties. Was your neighborhood this spare on places to eat? How often did you go out to dinner as a kid? Where did you go? What did you order? Linton's had no ambience and was pretty much like the diner, Littleton's, that was right down the road. We went out to eat a lot when we went to the shore in the summer. But not much beyond that. Christmas Eve found us at Linton's though. An odd tradition.In retrospect, I believe there were restaurants for the adult crowd, but not the sort of place children were welcome.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Forgotten Movies: HOSPITAL (And the forgotten career of George C. Scott)

George C Scott and Diana Riggs starred in this very black look at a city hospital. Arthur Hiller directed the Paddy Chayefsky script in 1971. T hey don't make this sort of movie anymore. Life is too dark to joke about now.George C. Scott was such a figure then. Has anyone heard of him now?I guess he's most remembered for PATTON, my least favorite of his films. Biopics seldom work for me because they are never nuanced enough.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Who Never Disappoints?

I am going with Tana French. Although I was not as much in love with THE LIKENESS as her other books, (I just couldn't buy the major premise) all of her others have been strong and interesting studies of Dublin, of the Irish, of social problems, of the police in Ireland for me. Maybe a tad too long for my taste, but lovely writing, lovely plotting.

Who never (or rarely disappoints you?

Sunday, October 16, 2016

November 2, Ed Gorman Day

I believe November 2 would have been Ed's 75 birthday. Let's talk about his books, his presence among the crime fiction community on that day. Reviews, reminiscences, whatever you like to do on November 2nd. I will post here or link.

Ed Gorman

Very few people reached out to me earlier in my writing life than Ed Gorman, kindly including stories of mine in two of his yearly anthologies. Sending me copies of his books. Giving me encouragement numerous times. And being part of FFB  almost from the beginning. He loved having his review featured, and I was happy to do that. He sent me an email now and then, offering encouragement, talking politics, telling me about a new book. I will miss him very much. Although we never met in person, I felt I knew him well. At least I have his blog to peruse. Hope now one takes it down.