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: Ernest Hemingway

By: Saturday April 19, 2014 4:09 am

Whatever his style, whatever his writing faults, Hemingway is undeniably one of the literary giants of the last century. And he really should not have needed all of the high school English teachers around the country to explain that to us. He told his tales well.

Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Robert B. Parker

By: Saturday April 12, 2014 6:40 pm

Once I started reading the Spenser… series, I read them all. One of the little things I enjoyed about both watching the Spenser… TV series with Urich and reading the books was I could envision Urich’s voice saying the dialog in the books as I read them. Since Parker was a consultant on that TV series, it made sense for the dialog to track between the books and the TV. After the initial three year run of the Urich series, there were four TV movies starring Urich as Spenser from four of the novels (’93 – ’95).

Saturday Art: Influential Authors: JRR Tolkien

By: Saturday March 29, 2014 5:20 pm

It’s indisputable that JRR Tolkien was an influential author.

One way to identify influence is the existence of parodies and Tolkien is no exception. Bored of the Rings was a parody novel written by Henry Beard and Douglas Kenney who went on to be founders of National Lampoon.

Influential Authors: John R. Tunis

By: Saturday March 22, 2014 6:41 pm

John R. Tunis’ catalog appears to have been mostly re-published within the last ten years, introducing new generations to his writing, even if it is from and about times no longer alive.

Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Robert Penn Warren

By: Saturday March 15, 2014 7:00 pm

All the King’s Men was Warren’s best known work, but it is far from being his only significant writing. Warren is the only person who has won a Pulitzer for both fiction and poetry.

Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Robert E. Howard

By: Saturday March 8, 2014 6:40 pm

I became aware of Robert E. Howard through Marvel Comics’ Conan the Barbarian series which led me to a number of book compilations of Howard’s writing. As is often the case, I was not aware of just how prolific Howard was across so many genres until I started this diary.

I Love Strong Women (re-published)

By: Saturday March 8, 2014 1:15 pm

You want to know what I think makes a Strong Woman? They are women who refuse to be limited and force the rest of us to accept them in their humanity. They refuse to be limited by stereotypes and they lift us all with their strength.

Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Sharon Kay Penman

By: Saturday March 1, 2014 5:20 pm

The first of Penman’s books I read was the first of the Justin de Quincy medieval mysteries, The Queen’s Man, which as I said, I found in a box of books in my sister’s condo. I like mysteries. I like books set in historical and especially medieval times, so this was a no-brainer for me to pick up and read.

Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Herman Wouk

By: Saturday February 22, 2014 5:20 pm

In some respects The Caine Mutiny is probably Wouk’s best known work, as a Pulitzer winner, stage play, and movie (with Humphrey Bogart, Van Johnson, Jose Ferrer, and Fred MacMurray.) However, Wouk had a two book series, The Henry Family that may be even better known.

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