Monthly Archives: October 2013

Erectile dysfunction or a mere disagreement between a man’s two heads?

“Dear Penis” is a laugh-out-loud funny Youtube video by Doctor Jay ‘n’ Easy Lee.

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Double Indemnity: You’ve seen the movie but have you read the book?

I recently re-read Double Indemnity, originally published in 1935. It’s a gripping novella not to be missed, whether you’re 15 or 95. In a remarkable twist of morality, Cain has his readers rooting for an anti-hero who really doesn’t deserve the pathos we … Continue reading

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1930s cars in the parking lot as the streamlined Hiawatha arrives

A train figures into Double Indemnity but not this Milwaukee Road Hiawatha because the novel was set in L.A. But this photo, taken in Greater Milwaukee and credited to the railroad, gives the feel of the era. Photo reproduced from The Hiawatha Story by Jim Scribbins.

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Third and Townsend Station, San Francisco, lunchroom

This atmospheric photo probably was taken a few years after the time of Double Indemnity and is in San Francisco, not L.A., but gives the feel of the era. Photo from Jim Escalante and Mike Jarel collection, reproduced from Southern Pacific Passenger Trains, Volume … Continue reading

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Women’s fashion, mid-1930s, courtesy of Milwaukee Road

This view of the well-dressed woman alighting from the Milwaukee Road Hiawatha was used to advertise the new streamliner that went into service between Chicago and St. Paul-Minneapolis in the summer of 1935. Photo by the railroad, reproduced from The … Continue reading

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Annapolis scenes: Along Bayhead Road off East College Parkway

This isn’t what you think of as an Annapolis scene, right? But water is near, just down that private driveway, in fact. I’m posting this for Lauren Brownlee, who’s new to Annapolis and new to blogging,,  and posting it because Eva … Continue reading

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“Beasley can kiss my ass upside-down off a camel before I ‘yes sir’ him anymore.”–from Ron Cooper’s novel Purple Jesus

Upside-down off a camel? Excuse me? Or how about “God up a dog’s ass of a flooding.” You or I might have said, “Oh, my god, what a flooding.” If the way the characters in Purple Jesus talk and think isn’t fascinating enough, … Continue reading

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Greater Annapolis restaurants, waterview

I didn’t know about The Point Crab House,, Ferry Point Marina on Mill Creek, until Todd and I met friends there for dinner. It’s similar to Cantlers,, only with the cold-weather advantage of an outdoor dining pavilion that becomes … Continue reading

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Women’s fashion: clothes to inspire a fictional character

An occasional visitor’s clothes hanging in the guest room closet of a home where I recently weekended.

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Mystery and crime novel reviews: I want to review realistic books that emphasize character as much as plot. Authors, leave a comment or email me.

Carl Fredrik Reutersward’s sculpture “Non-Violence,” Malmo, Sweden, photographed by Francois Polito, from Wikimedia Commons.

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