Tag Archives: Americana

On the horizon…

Not one, but three new books coming down the pike. The first one is a collection of short stories, The Roads We Must Travel, which is being published by the Big Table Publishing Company. I’m really excited to have this collection published by an indie press, especially this one which has published some very good titles […]

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An Awesome Review of When A Hard Rain Falls

A rave review of When A Hard Rain Falls: This wasn’t quite what I expected from the blurb on the front advertising it as a “fast-paced gripping ride” – to describe it in such a way is to do it something of an injustice; When A Hard Rain Falls is much more than that.The pace […]

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When A Hard Rain Falls: You CAN judge a book by its cover

Believe it or not, When A Hard Rain Falls has quickly become one of my best selling books. Although it does not have the kind of reviews that War Remains and Ice Cream Headache have, it is one of my best selling books on a day-to-day basis. Inasmuch as it is a good story about […]

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Leonard’s Bicycle Shop

    Although I don’t directly mention Leonard’s Bicycle Shop directly in Ice Cream Headache, the bicycle shop plays an important role in the novella. Looking at this photo, it was probably taken right around the time that the story takes place. Set in a small, industrial town in Illinois in 1968, the lives of […]

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Captain America and Company in Korea

I know it’s only a movie, but I hope Kim Jong-un shits a major brick when he finds out that Captain America and company are in Korea.  

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The Flim Flam Man (1967) — A Classic Gem

The Flim Flam Man (1967) Starring George C. Scott, Sue Lyon, and Harry Morgan Written by William Rose Directed by Irvin Kershner It’s hard to believe that a film of this pedigree has yet to receive a proper DVD (let alone Blu-Ray) remastering and re-release. Written by William Rose (It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad […]

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“Sunday, Monday, Happy Days…”

Forty years ago this week, January 15, 1974, the soon-to-be hit sitcom Happy Days premiered. Soon, the Fonz and “sit on it” would become part of American pop culture. Although the show’s initial appeal might have ridden the success of the hit movie American Graffiti, (that’s probably why the producers used Bill Haley and the Comets […]

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The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

It’s injustice I hate, not the Normans. There’s a reason why some films are classics, especially those films which stand up with the passage of time because of the actors/actresses, direction, music, and story. With Warner Brothers’ 1938 production of The Adventures of Robin Hood, you get all of those. It’s been a few years […]

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The Seven-Ups (1973)

I love the cop drama movies from the early 1970s; especially those set in New York like The French Connection or The Seven-Ups. There’s just something that the way these movies were filmed: the cold, gray-steel skies, steam rising up from sewers, not to mention that it always seemed cold. There’s more to this cinematic appeal […]

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Ghosts of Christmas Past — 1968: The Year I stopped Believing in Santa Claus

An Excerpt from I’ll Be Home For Christmas It was a historic year on all fronts—that started with the seizure of the USS Pueblo off North Korean coastal waters in January and culminated with the flyby of the moon by Apollo 8 on Christmas Eve. In between there was the Tet Offensive, the assassinations of […]

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