Tag Archives: donald westlake

Book Notes: “God Save the Mark” by Donald Westlake

Blowhard, Esq. writes: I enjoyed this Westlake, winner of the Edgar Award for best novel in 1968. Fred Fitch, a gullible sad sack, inherits $300,000 from his con man uncle and soon discovers that someone is willing to kill him to … Continue reading

Posted in Books Publishing and Writing | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

The UR Syllabus of Shitlordery

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Browsing my Facebook feed the past few days, I’ve been astonished at the amount of hysterical, sloppy thinking I’ve seen from many of my otherwise smart friends. How you can see a (likely gay) Muslim man shoot up … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Education, Philosophy and Religion, Politics and Economics, Sex | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Our Favorite Things from 2014

Blowhard, Esq. writes: For approximately the 14th year in a row my pop music taste slid into middling mediocrity, but I’m perfectly OK with that. I long ago abandoned caring about or following new music. I loved The Black Keys’ “Turn … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Books Publishing and Writing, Food and health, Linkathons, Media, Movies, Music, Performers, Personal reflections | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Movie Du Jour: “The Naked Kiss” (1964)

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Cheap, lurid, corny, sensational, sentimental, blunt, and perverse, Sam Fuller’s THE NAKED KISS opens with a bald hooker beating her pimp. After winding up in Squaresville, USA she decides to go straight, lands a job as a well-respected … Continue reading

Posted in Books Publishing and Writing, Movies | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

A Potent Cocktail You Won’t Soon Forget

Fenster writes: Consider those six glasses at the top of the UR page. One part The Odyssey One part Memento One part Twilight Zone (A Stop at Willoughby preferred) One part Waiting for Godot One part Groundhog Day (extra dry) … Continue reading

Posted in Books Publishing and Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

“Parker”

Paleo Retiree writes: Jason Statham and J-Lo directed by Taylor Hackford, in an adaptation of one of Donald Westlake’s “Parker” novels. For me the film straddled the line between “an OK watch” and “an unfortunate misfire.” It’s full of lively … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , , , | 16 Comments

Linkathon

Paleo Retiree writes: Demographic milestone du jour. More. A nice tribute to the great Donald Westlake. Steve Sailer is at his droll/sly best in this posting about dual-language schooling. “Work it, white girl.” A wonderfully visual Best Western Movies list … Continue reading

Posted in Linkathons | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments