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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.

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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W.R. Morris’ The State-Line Mob

Years ago, I watched one of the Walking Tall movies with my grandfather. Joe Don Baker played Sheriff Buford Pusser and in the movie he walked around whacking baddies with a huge piece of lumber. I remember that – even … Continue reading

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Finishing William Zinsser’s Spring Training (Pages 124-190)

Friday morning we rode over to Mississippi Gulf Coast to eat some po boys and do some shopping. It was evening before we made it back and later still when we got the kids to bed. Then it was Miller … Continue reading

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