Today I’m reviewing the two books seen below–they’re wildly different in tone, theme, structure, intent and pretty much whatever other feature you care to name. One’s a thoughtful and serious novel, the other a collection of very brief, often bawdy humor pieces. The only things they have in common are that both are from the […]Read more "Reviewed: 2 Books From the ’60s"
The last weekly coffeehouse of May is in full swing! Tonight’s first DVD was THE LABYRINTH (David Bowie, etc); tarot cards are now being read; Milo is running rampant (though in mostly cute way, despite knocking over the creepy butler cutout); good number of people are starting to come in…. Outside at the Maison De […]Read more "May 26 at Shangri-La, Part 1"
One last report from tonight’s Grand Midway Coffeehouse night… THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES has just been followed by the inevitable ANCIENT ALIENS’ episode. Meanwhile, I’ve just survived (hardly came close to winning) a marathon game of Cards Against Humanity. Others are carrying on as I write this. Just handed Blair my phone with info on some […]Read more "May 19 at the Shangri-La, Part 3"
Above: Our Intrepid Leader: Grand Midway owner Blair Murphy. Nice crowd tonight at the Grand Midway. Newcomers, old standbys, etc. But now, with SCHOOL OF ROCKS over, Blair makes a dubious choice for the next DVD movie…JACKASS: THE MOVIE? A flick that starts with a ‘Don’t try any of this nonsense in this movie’ kind […]Read more "May 19 at the Shangri-La, part 2"
The Grand Midway–Windber’s Haunted Hotel–has another of its weekly coffeehouse’s going, even as you read this. Today’s first movie on DVD: Jack Black’s comedy SCHOOL OF ROCK. The resident dogs (including 3-legged Greta and tiny attention whore Jeter) are on the scene, while the 4 cats are out and about in the outdoor ‘cat-walk’ (Maison […]Read more "May 19 at Shangri-La, Part 1"
I somehow overlooked the fact that another of my stories—a fantasy tale called “Essences” was released yesterday (May 18) by the Bride of Chaos people in their latest e-book of SF/F stories: 9 TALES FROM ELSEWHERE #6. Available exclusively from Amazon for $2.99. This story, involving the magical theft of a sleeping person’s soul (resulting […]Read more "Another E-Book Contribution Out"
A slow night here at the Shangri-La, so this is likely my last update of the evening. Still, some interesting things… Before it got dark, I established that I am–after a fashion–a pussy magnet. Merlin, Blair’s big, snow-white house cat was out and about in the outdoor cat-walk attached to the side of the Midway.I […]Read more "May 12, 2016: Coffeehouse part 2"
Two hours into the weekly Shangri-La Coffee Lounge…where is everybody? Only a handful of attendees so far, but it’s starting to pick up. So far, we had the first LORD OF THE RINGS movie playing. Then, after he was informed that there’s going to be a remake of INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE (Jared Leto to […]Read more "May 12, 2016: Coffeehouse Nights"
I live in a fairly obscure and quite small town in west-central Pennsylvania, though it has produced (or at least claimed–more on that, in a bit) a number of famous people (in various fields of endeavor). First up, let’s admit that this onetime coal mining center itself has a decidedly funny name: Windber. A major […]Read more "TARZAN, MOONDOG & ME"
At the Midway: After GLADIATOR, Blair ran THE RAVEN (2012)–John Cusack as EA Poe. And now we’ve got a doc on the roots of the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. Newlyweds (Syn and Vince) just made the scene. (They’re talking drafting me to take some photos–probably in front of the Angel of Death statue here […]Read more "May 5, 2016–Part 2"