November 21st, 2007

  • pgdf

Sixties Novels, Part 44

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YOUR SPARKLE CAVALCADE OF DEATH, Robert Shiarella, Viking, 1974

Many of the items in this series I would not bother reading. But this one looks like an exception to that rule. With endorsements from Cassill and Kotzwinkle, chances are greater than average that its satire would still hold up today. A cursory scan of the text seems to portend stylistic verve and zippy plotting.

What ever happened to the author? So far as I can see, this is his only novel. He had a promising start. The book seems to have been excerpted in PENTHOUSE. (NOTE: link is mildly NSFW in a mammary fashion.)

On this recent listserv transcription, people claim RS is still alive, and a friend of Kotzwinkle's.

There's one other book extant by someone of the same name: a guide to Buddhist meditation.

One can easily conjure a scenario typical of the Sixties, where the author got religion and abandoned fiction writing.

Posted by Paul DiFi.
  • pgdf

Happy Thanksgiving!

Isn't it surreal that a TV in the cartoon universe tunes in images from ours?

Assuming this cartoon takes place in the house of Mickey Mouse, Pluto's owner: since when did Mickey own an off-model, Warner Brothers-style cat?

Have a great holiday while pondering these weighty questions!

Posted by Paul DiFi.
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Chip Crockett's Christmas Carol: Intro

For me, as well as my brothers and sisters and several thousand Hand cousins, the Christmas season always began on Thanksgiving Day, not with the Macy’s parade (though we did watch that) but with the annual WPIX screening of Laurel & Hardy's 1934 classic “The March of the Wooden Soldiers.”

The film is an adaptation of “Babes in Toyland;" this clip shows the finale, but you can watch it all on Youtube if you're looking for something other than the Rose Bowl tomorrow. Lou Reed gave the movie a shout-out in “Sweet Jane,” and it remains one of the most powerful memories of my childhood. The other Thanksgiving film traditionally shown in the Metromedia NYC area was “King Kong,” but because of our extensive clan’s dining schedule, I only ever got to see King Kong topple from the Empire State Buiding.

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