About Me:
Small town Kentucky country boy lived all over the country. Currently in Ruskin, FL
About Me:
Small town Kentucky country boy lived all over the country. Currently in Ruskin, FL

Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Poul Anderson

By: Saturday August 16, 2014 7:14 pm

Anderson wrote five different series by himself although not all of the books/stories within the series were closely related. Flandry was his largest series with Goodreads showing 21 total books for this series but some of these are re-issues, compilations, or foreign editions.

One of his books listed as part of the Operation Otherworld series is A Midsummer Tempest. This book is probably my favorite of Anderson’s work as it provides an interesting “what-if” scenario.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ilan Stavans, A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History of the United States

By: Saturday August 16, 2014 1:58 pm

This book uses cartoons and narrative to make the points on some of the things we absolutely know about US history that did not happen the way our myths lead us to believe. We follow the narrative of Stavans from the earliest colonial times, through the founding of the United States, the Civil War, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War through to the “War on Terror.” (This is not an inclusive list by any stretch.)

Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Antonia Fraser

By: Saturday August 9, 2014 5:20 pm

Lady Antonia Fraser has won awards for some of her non-fiction as well as fiction works. Much of her non-fiction work is on various members of English and other royal families. Kings and Queens of England, Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King, The Wives of Henry the VIII, and King James VI of Scotland and I of England for just a sample.

Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Gore Vidal

By: Saturday August 2, 2014 5:20 pm

For some reason, I have always preferred fiction to non-fiction. Yet when I think of Gore Vidal as an author, I tend to think of all his essays rather than his fiction works though I’ve read a number of his novels.

Saturday Art: Robert Silverberg

By: Saturday July 19, 2014 6:00 pm

I am most impressed by his non-fiction, even though I don’t think I have read any of it (looking through the titles and his pseudonyms none of them look familiar). Yet, the titles cover a lot of periods of history and biographical figures that I have found fascinating. Seventy-six of his 77 non-fiction works were written from 1960 – 1974, a period when the sci-fi field was in a lull but even during this period, he still was writing one or two award winning sci-fi books each year.

Sunday Food: Ham

By: Sunday July 13, 2014 5:00 pm

When I was a child, I learned very early that there were two types of hams, “city” hams and “country” hams. My grandfather had cured country hams, serving the ham in my grandparents restaurant. Then my uncle took over the ham business and grew it a bit larger. In last week’s Sunday Food post on Lard, I mentioned the “hog killin’” when I was ten. The primary reason for the hog killin’ was to get the hams that Uncle Howard cured and sold although I think that year may have been the last year he raised and killed his own hogs, later turning to Kahn’s Meats in Cincinnati for the hams.

Vintage Authors: Louis L’Amour

By: Saturday July 12, 2014 5:20 pm

I have seen more movies based on L’Amour’s work than I have read his actual books. Hondo with John Wayne, Utah Blaine with Rory Calhoun, and Heller in Pink Tights with Anthony Quinn. Sam Elliott has made a pretty good career out of Louis L’Amour books made into TV movies starring in The Sacketts, The Shadow Riders, The Quick and the Dead, and Conagher. Tom Selleck co-starred with Elliott in the first two and also starred in Crossfire Trail.

Sunday Food: Lard!

By: Sunday July 6, 2014 3:45 pm

Is lard healthy or unhealthy? I don’t know. What I do know is that lard was one of the not-so-secret ingredients our parents, grandparents, and so on used to make that wonderfully crisp fried chicken or those oh so flaky biscuits and dinner rolls.

Saturday Art: Vintage Authors: Dalton Trumbo

By: Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30 pm

If he had written no other words in no other fields, Dalton Trumbo has to be considered an influential author for the book Johnny Got His Gun. First published in 1939, I read it early in my college years, at the height of the Vietnam War, while I was still considering a career in the US Army.

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