Monthly Archives: July 2018

Review of Mike Dauplaise’s Torture at the Back Forty

Review of Mike Dauplaise’s Torture at the Back Forty Outlaw Motorcycle gangs always hold a particular fascination for me. These “one percenters” live short, violent lives outside society’s conventions. Unlike other organized-crime groups such as the Mafia, motorcycle gangs don’t … Continue reading

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Review of Hank Nuwer’s Wrongs of Passage

Review of Hank Nuwer’s Wrongs of Passage Last I week I rode down to the Mobile Public Library’s main branch on Government Street and picked up Hank Nuwer’s Wrongs of Passage – Fraternities, Sororities, Hazing, and Binge Drinking (University of … Continue reading

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Review of Adam Kennedy’s The Domino Principle

Review of Adam Kennedy’s The Domino Principle “No, but I saw the movie” is a cliche about books that have been adapted for films. It makes me wonder, not for the first time, if I’m going through life backwards. I … Continue reading

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Review of Megan McArdle’s The Up Side of Down

Review of Megan McArdle’s The Up Side of Down There is the feeling that Americans are becoming a bunch of “softies,” that we no longer have what it takes to deal with life. Humorist P.J. O’Rourke has said that American … Continue reading

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Review of James Renner’s True Crime Addict

Review of James Renner’s True Crime Addict In 2004, a University of Massachusetts student named Maura Murray ran her car into a New Hampshire snowbank. A local resident came and asked her if he should call 911. Maura said “No.” … Continue reading

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Review of John Rector’s The Cold Kiss

A classic mystery plot goes something like this – someone makes one bad choice in pursuit of “easy money.” From that decision, a cascade of increasingly-bad, increasingly-desperate decisions follow. B. Traven used it in his terrific Treasure of The Sierra Madre; … Continue reading

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Review of Herbert Kastle’s Ladies of the Valley

Review of Herbert Kastle’s Ladies of the Valley Trash books are a weakness of mine and I’m always on the prowl for new prospects. A few years ago, I came across a great blog with a great name – glorious … Continue reading

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Review of Dan E. Ellis’ Lady in Red

If you forced me to name a great, undiscovered part of America, I’d nominate the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In the popular imagination, Mississippi stands only for backwards. But when my sister was a graduate student at the University of Southern … Continue reading

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Pages 181–213 of Lloyd Kaufman’s All I Need to Know About Filmmaking I Learned From the Toxic Avenger

It took me a couple of days to finish Lloyd Kaufman’s book. My opinion remains positive and I stick with my earlier rating of an 8 out of 10. Here are a few thoughts on the end of the book. … Continue reading

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Pages 1-180 of Lloyd Kaufman’s All I Need to Know About Filmmaking I Learned From The Toxic Avenger

B-movies are one of my weaknesses. In many ways, I prefer them to the slicker, big-budget Hollywood films. B-movies are more variable in quality, and – therefore – have more potential to surprise. Way back in the 1980s, my mother … Continue reading

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