Recent Mondoville grad (and fiancee of the Berries’ keyboardist) Kasey Stuart has decided to hang out her blog shingle. She’s a sweet kid — give her a visit.
I’ve mentioned before that I really started to get into crime fiction via Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series, but it wasn’t long thereafter that my dad introduced me to a private eye series he had read in his teenage years — the Shell Scott novels, by Richard S. Prather. The final two or three in the series are pretty painful, but the ones from the 50s and early 60s are great fun — insubstantial romps with a combination of smart-alec attitude and “men’s magazine” insouciance. I can generally count on at least one laugh-out-loud moment per book. Crime writer Ed Lynskey offers an appreciation over at his place. Check it out.
Looking for a last-minute (or later) Christmas gift for the poetry lover in your life? Friend of Mondo Patti White (a former prof of mine at Ball State who is now at Alabama) has a new book out. Chain Link Fence allows her to visit a concept that has long interested her — the post-catastrophic. (I recall looking up scads of articles on post-apocalyptic fiction as her research assistant one summer.) Unfortunately, much like my literary interest in evil, Patti’s topic moved from the abstract to the concrete, as her Tuscaloosa home was devastated by the tornadoes a couple of years back. See what she has done.
And of course, I’d be willing to bet that Quid Plura‘s Jeff Sypeck would be more than happy to hook you up with his delightful account of Charlemagne and Ralph the Collier or his collection of gargoyle-inspired poems. Highly recommended.
So there’s a bit of a roundup for you. Further reports from Mondoville as events warrant.