Category Archives: Books

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 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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Pages 1-123 of William Zinsser’s Spring Training

Back in 1988, baseball fan and writing guru William Zinsser (1922-2015) traveled to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ spring training in Bradenton, Florida. Zinsser’s purposes were to enjoy some baseball and to try to find a new slant on professional baseball. I’m … Continue reading

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Thomas French’s South of Heaven

As a rule, I don’t reread many books. It seems too much like living in the past. But there are a few exceptions to the rule. Back in the mid-1990s, I was in graduate school when I came across a … Continue reading

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Pages 195 – 336 of Mike Rensin’s All for a Few Perfect Waves

Wednesday’s sections of the Miki Dora biography dealt with Dora’s middle age. Predictably, the chickens come home to roost. In the late 1960s to early 1980s, Dora spent him time traveling the world to a) search for the perfect surf … Continue reading

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