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About mobilemojoman

I have been a Mobile resident for about a decade. Working as a college professor keeps me off the streets and pays the bills. I am married to a woman (the MojoWoman) who is a much better person than I am and we have two beautiful girls who keep us both jumping. My interests are varied - food & drink, sports, politics, exercise, books, travel, Mardi Gras, and all of life's rich pageant. In the future, I'd like to learn more about sailing, photography, Cajun/Creole cooking, making beer and wine, and writing.

Book Review – Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon

60s (and early-70s) nostalgia ain’t what it used to be. I read Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, but I went away thoroughly disappointed. The novel isn’t terrible, but reading it was still a waste of time. I can’t give it more … Continue reading

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The Way We Lived Then by Dominick Dunne

The best books are those that you just happen upon. I think that when you find a good book “out of the blue,” it’s like finding a twenty-dollar bill on the sidewalk. Your unexpected good fortune makes you feel doubly … Continue reading

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Book Review – The Beneficiary by Janny Scott

A few months ago, I saw a review of Janny Scott’s The Beneficiary in The Wall-Street Journal and wanted to read it. This summer – thanks to inter-library loan, I obtained a copy and read it. While The Beneficiary wasn’t … Continue reading

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Book Review – Fat Chance (AKA Deadfall) by Keith Laumer

Sometimes a book is sort of like a Hershey bar – a good, solid choice that doesn’t do anything revolutionary, but still satisfies. For me, that pretty much describes Keith Laumer’s Fat Chance, which was adapted into a 1975 film … Continue reading

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Book Review – Full of Life: A Biography of John Fante by Stephen Cooper

Nearly all artists toil in anonymity. Most of these unknowns must have thought that maybe they will receive their due at some point in the future. Occasionally, it actually happens. Such was the case with John Fante (1909-1983), whose novels … Continue reading

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Book Review – A Rotten Person Travels the Caribbean

The front cover of A Rotten Person Travels the Caribbean states that author Gary Buslik is “P.J. O’Rourke and Paul Theroux in a blender.“ That sounded good enough for me, so I read it. While I’m glad that I did, Rotten Person is … Continue reading

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Book Review – Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties by Tom O’Neill

Near the beginning of Chaos, author Tom O’Neill consider his 20-year investigation of Charles Manson’s crimes and muses – Who cares? I’ve asked myself that a lot over the years. Was it worth investing so much of my time and … Continue reading

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