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: Carl Hiaasen

By: Saturday September 13, 2014 5:20 pm

Please Note: When I began this series, it was to cover a lot of authors whom I have found personally influential, even though this may only be because I enjoyed the stories they have told in their books or short stories. I’m just fortunate enough and well read enough that many of the authors I [...]

Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics – Book Salon Preview

By: Saturday September 13, 2014 10:40 am

A major, surprising new history of New York’s most famous political machine—Tammany Hall—revealing, beyond the vice and corruption, a birthplace of progressive urban politics. Hosted by Phoenix Woman, join us this afternoon at 5PM EDT, 2PM PDT to talk with Terry Golway about his new book. For decades, history has considered Tammany Hall, New York’s [...]

Pull Up A Chair: Is It Fall Yet?

By: Saturday September 13, 2014 3:55 am

Here in Lexington, KY it is sure a nice fall day today. Earlier this week, we had temps in the mid to upper 80s with some high humidity but early Thursday morning a cold front came through with a good deal of rain (three plus inches here although just 15 miles south they got less [...]

Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Lew Wallace

By: Saturday September 6, 2014 4:19 pm

I was surprised when I first read some of Wallace’s bio and discovered he had been a general in the Union Army during the Civil War. Even more surprising was learning that he had been the territorial governor of New Mexico during the Lincoln County War:

Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Hunter S. Thompson

By: Saturday August 30, 2014 7:01 pm

Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga is Hunter S. Thompson’s first major work. It began as an article for The Nation and was expanded into a full book. Thompson eventually spent more than a year riding (and drinking) with the Angels.

Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Sinclair Lewis

By: Saturday August 23, 2014 5:10 pm

Although it was published five years after his Nobel Prize, Lewis’s best known book may well be It Can’t Happen Here.

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.

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