Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday's "Forgotten" Books: the links

Filling in this week and next for Patti Abbott...if I've missed you book, or someone else's, please let me know in comments...thanks!  

Todd Mason (and there definitely might be a few more added over the course of the day...very slow web connection this morning/aft slowed delivery today...sorry about that!)

Sergio Angelini: Shroud for a Nightingale by P.D. James

Yvette Banek: 

Joe Barone: Mind Scrambler by Chris Grabenstein

Brian Busby: The Temple on the River [aka Les Écœurants] by Jacques Hébert [trans. Gerald Taaffe];

Ingluvin magazine, No. 2, Spring 1971

Bill Crider: 500 Essential Cult Books: The Ultimate Guide by Gina McKinnon with Steve Holland

William Deeck: First Come, First Kill by Francis Allan

Martin Edwards: The Young Vanish by Francis Everton

Curt Evans: Gold Coast Nocturne [aka Dead on the Level] by Helen Nielsen

Ed Gorman: The Dead Beat by Robert Bloch

Rich Horton:  The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley

Jerry House: The Mind Parasites by Colin Wilson

Allen J. Hubin: Vane Pursuit by Charlotte MacLeod; Fangs of the Hooded Demon by Geoffrey Marsh

Randy Johnson: The Crime of the French Cafe as by Nicholas Carter; Sherlock Holmes & Kolchak, The Night Stalker: Cry of Thunder by Joe Gentile, Andy Bennett & Carlos Magno

Nick Jones: Lucifer by Eddie Campbell, Phil Elliott and Paul Grist

Tracy K: The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves

George Kelley: Horror: 100 Best Books edited by Kim Newman and Stephen Jones

Margot Kinberg: enabling in mystery novels

Rob Kitchin: Cross of Iron by Willi Heinrich

Marvin Lachman: Death in the Rain by Frank Parrish

K. A. Laity: Wodehouse: A Life by Robert McCrum

B.V. Lawson: Death of a Dutchman by Magdalen Nabb

Evan Lewis: The Convertible Hearse by William Campbell Gault

Neer: The Human Factor by Graham Greene

John F. Norris: Death on Tiptoe by R. C. Ashby

John O'Neill: To Here and the Easel by Theodore Sturgeon (an abridged UK variant of The Worlds of Theodore Sturgeon)

Patrick Ohl: The Death of Laurence Vining by Alan Thomas (hosted at Kevin Tipple's blog)

J. Kingston Pierce: Mystery Magazine

James Reasoner: Move Along, Stranger by Frank Castle

Karyn Reeves: The Doors of Sleep by Thurman Warriner

Peter Rosovsky: The Mad and the Bad by Jean-Patrick Manchette

Ron Scheer: Main-Travelled Roads by Hamlin Garland

Jack Seabrook: "Death of the Kerry Blue" by Henry Slesar (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, November 1968)

"TomCat": The Locked Room by P. J. Bergman

Prashant Trikannad: "The Dunwich Horror" by H.P. Lovecraft; The Hell Raisers (aka Saddle Pals) by Lee Floren

David Vineyard: The Unseen Hand by Clarence H. New; three British story-paper novels

Keith West: The Sorceror's Ship by Hannes Bok

A. J. Wright: Starett by Arthur V. Deutcsh

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ovation cable channel's web series: TOUCHING THE ART - Episode 2 - "Postmodernism, Post-Net & the Art Market"...and, for the hell of it, LIFE IN THE ARTS episode "Suminagashi Japanese Paper Marbling"

Panelist Carol Cheh was a highschool-mate of mine.

And, from 1999, another highschool-mate, Rebecca Ramos, leads off this episode with instructions for paper-marbling. (I'm pretty sure Becca and I were the only members of the [Honolulu] Punahou Class of '82 born in Fairbanks, Alaska.)(Becca definitely has a Bob Ross-style purr down cold.) Ramos currently co-chair of the studio art department at Cabrillo College.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuesday's Overlooked Films and/or Other A/V: the links

Below, the links to this week's reviews and citations--a larger than usual number of (I suspect valuable) warnings among the recommendations...and a number of memories of James Garner.  As always, please let me know in comments when I've missed yours or someone else's...and, as always, thanks to all our contributors and to you readers...

Anne Billson: The Ten Most Pretentious Films

Bill Crider: Marlowe [trailer]

BV Lawson: Media Murder

Corey Redekop: Alex Cross
I Love Trouble

Dan Stumpf: The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery

Ed Gorman: character actors; John Sayles on Anthony Mann

Ed Lynskey: 87th Precinct

Elizabeth Foxwell: Knight without Armor

Evan Lewis: I Love Trouble

Strange Days
George Kelley: Life Itself

How Did This Get Made?: Gooby

Iba Dawson: underrated movies

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr.: The Killer that Stalked New York; checking in

Jackie Kashian: Rhea Butcher on Back to the Future and the Magical Strong Woman & such

Jacqueline T. Lynch: The Student Prince

Jake Hinkson: Snowpiercer; Noah

Jayme Lynn Blaschke: Babylon-5: "The Parliament of Dreams"

Jonathan Lewis: Horizons West: Border Incident; The Raid

James Reasoner: herding cats

Jerry House: The Adventures of Long John Silver: "The Necklace" (pilot)

The Long Summer of George Adams
John Charles: Beast of the Yellow Night

John Grant: Blind Alibi; Wonders in the Dark

Kliph Nesteroff: Betsy Palmer

Laura: The Girl in White; TCM on James Garner; The Long Summer of George Adams

Lucy Brown: The Happiest Days of Your Life

Martin Edwards: Headhunters

Marty McKee: Strike Force

Max Allan Collins: James Garner; SD ComicCon

Michael Shonk: Petrocelli: "The Golden Cage" (pilot)

The Food Guide to Love
Mystery Dave: Coneheads

Prashant Trikannad: The Food Guide to Love; The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Randy Johnson: Nancy Drew...Trouble Shooter; A Taste of Vengeance (aka I vigliacchi non pregano)

Rick: The Western Film Fair

Rod Lott: The Diabolical Dr. Z

Sergio Angelini: Circus of Fear

Stacia Jones: Fort Apache

Stephen Bowie: Universal TV's syndication butchery

Steve Lewis: The Naked Jungle; The Cyclops

Yvette Banek: Tom Conway as The Falcon

The Girl in White

Friday, July 18, 2014

FFM: P.S. #1, April 1966: contributions from Avram Davidson, Alfred Bester, Nat Hentoff, Gahan Wilson, Jean Shepherd, Ron Goulart, Charles Beaumont, Russell Baker, Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, et al.; Edward Ferman, editor; Gahan Wilson, associate editor; Ron Salzberg, assistant editor

This is a magazine I've been looking for copies of (in a casual way) for about 35 years, maybe a little more. I've written about it a little previously in the blog (and received some interesting and helpful comments there), and here's the (slightly corrected) index from the FictionMags Index previously reprinted at that occasion: 

P.S. [v1 #1, April 1966] ed. Edward L. Ferman (Mercury Press, 60¢, 64pp, 8" x 11") Gahan Wilson, associate editor; Ron Salzberg, assistant editor
    Details supplied by Cuyler Brooks (and augmented by me).

  • 3 · Don Sturdy and the 30,000 Series Books · Avram Davidson · ar
  • 12 · Would You Want Your Product to Marry a Negro · Alfred Bester · ar
  • 16 · The Gentle Art of Brick Throwing · Ron Goulart · ar
  • 24 · Freaks · Gahan Wilson · ar
  • 32 · Child Things · Russell Baker · ar (The New York Times 1965)
  • 34 · The Lost Lovely Landscapes of Luna · Isaac Asimov · ar
  • 39 · Lugosi: The Compleat Bogeyman · Charles Beaumont · ar (F&SF 1956)
  • 42 · When Elephants Last in the Dooryard Bloomed · Ray Bradbury · pm
  • 44 · Joe Louis in Atlantic City · Jerry Tallmer · ar
  • 49 · The Thirties Quiz · Robert Thomsen · qz
  • 50 · Sweet and Lowdown: The Lost Jazz Years · Nat Hentoff · ar
  • 58 · Captain Ahab Is Dead; Long Live Bob Dylan, Or, Are the Beatles Really the Andrews Sisters, In Drag? · Jean Shepherd · ar
  • 62 · Now You See Them · Ron Salzberg · ar
As often the case with an example of this much delay in gratification, the contents of the issue don't quite live up to my expectations (I can see why Davidson's good, but not superb, essay hasn't been reprinted, for example), but nonetheless I'm not sorry I paid a reasonably high price (though not as exorbitant as prices often are on this title, when it can be found) to finally have it at hand. The Davidson essay deals with the series adventure books aimed at children from the first several decades of the 20th century, produced by the Stratemeyer Syndicate (whose products have included Nancy Drew, Tom Swift and Hardy Boys novels)...several of the examples Davidson considers from a thrift-store scrounge were among such series as the Don Sturdy and Bomba the Jungle Boy books (durable creature in comics as well) that he'd read in his own childhood, and some attributed to the same "Roy Rockwood" house name that Rich Horton was treating with in his FFB last week. 

Bester's essay is telling about the delights of commercial (in at least two senses) practical censorship in the period when American apartheid, at least in certain areas, was still just beginning to come undone, and the pressures newly applied by the likes of the Congress of Racial Equality from their direction to further make things Interesting for those in the advertising and commercial radio/television industries in what we can now think of as the Mad Men era. (Bester also notes that the best actor who'd auditioned to play Charlie Chan in the radio series Bester was writing in the late '40s was spiked because the actor was black, and who'd dare have a black man play a Chinese-American detective...far safer to settle on eventual star Ed Begley, Sr.). And while there is a bit of mockery of what was already being tagged Political Correctness in certain quarters in both the Davidson and particularly the Bester essays, the Shepherd is an unsurprisingly unsubtle bleat about the then-new androgyny as seen by the radio and print satirist, with particular contumely expended toward Tom Wolfe and to a lesser extent Andy Warhol; mocking the claims to the brawling life by Bob Dylan seems a bit more grounded. 

Gahan Wilson's thoughtful essay about the history of the freak show (with special attention to the activities of P. T. Barnum and his associates), Isaac Asimov's survey of the end of Romantic Mars with new Mariner probe imagery and data, and particularly Charles Beaumont's memoir of his meeting with Bela Lugosi very near the end of the actor's life (and by the time of this reprint, presumably from Beaumont's film column in F&SF, Beaumont was already far gone in his fatal premature Alzheimer's), Ron Goulart's run through the history of George Harriman and Krazy Kat, and Nat Hentoff on the jazz legends of his youth are all fine, and some at least among the pioneering writing of the time about these matters. The magazine as a whole, in its first of only three issues, is more about nostalgic reflection than I expected, with the Shepherd blast (and to some extent the Bester) being the prime example(s) of the kind of pop-sociological consideration I expected to comprise more of the content, but it really is a pity on several counts that this magazine didn't flourish. It was a good start. 

For more actual books this week, please see Patti Abbott's blog. I'll be (rather more promptly) hosting the links over the next two Fridays at this one.