Author Archives: Gary Garth McCann

WHAT DOES A BRICK HAVE TO DO WITH A PICKLE?

On The Joey Bishop Show last night I heard two jokes. Maybe riddle is a better word than joke, because these aren’t laugh out loud funny, yet interesting. There’s a builder who always does a perfect job. When he finishes a project, … Continue reading

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THE JFK ASSASSINATION: AMERICA’S ULTIMATE MYSTERY

Perusing one of my railroad books, ‘Down South’ on the Rock Island, by Steve Allen Goen (La Mirada, CA: Four Ways West Publications, 2002), I came across the photo and caption reproduced below. (Ignore the Brook Hollow ad.) The photo was … Continue reading

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Blanche Dubous Meets “The Misfit” Courtesy of Me

When most of us living today hear the title “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”–Flannery O’Connor’s 1955  story–we smile and think of Mae West’s twist on it, “A hard man is good to find,” although Mae West (1893-1980) probably … Continue reading

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THE MAN WHO ASKED TO BE KILLED * INCORRIGIBLE * THE YEARBOOK   

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“If you don’t push against the mirror, how do you know you’re standing in front of it?”

The quote above is from my interview with Martin Pousson, whose PEN award-winning novel Black Sheep Boy, also an L.A. Times Pick of the Week, inspired Susan Larson (NPR The Reading Life) to say: “An unforgettable novel-in-stories about growing up gay in French Acadiana, so vivid and almost … Continue reading

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NEXT TIME THIS GUY FLIES, I WANT TO BE BEHIND HIM IN THE SECURITY LINE.

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SACONY CIELLA AD IN LIFE MAGAZINE 1949

Is it the pose that makes this picture so striking? Wouldn’t it be a great book cover?  

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