Vietnam Journal – Books

When I was in the army, I developed a fixation on comic books.  This struck me as extremely odd, given that I had virtually no interest in them whatsoever (despite a brief flirtation with the notion of becoming a cartoonist).  I had some, but they were usually specialized or topical, not the run-of-the-mill superhero or…

Eh . . . Waiter?!

While there’s a whole, drawn-out backstory (trust me when I say that you’ll thank me for being brief), I’ve decided to just focus on the main issue:  The New York Public Library has been digitizing and transcribing their collection of restaurant menus. Go here. I’ve only come across the site, so I’m still relatively new…

Sour Wine

One of my favorite films is Carol Reed’s The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965), starring Rex Harrison and Charlton Heston.  It is based on the Irving Stone quasi-biography (of the same name) of sixteenth-century Italian artist, Michelangelo Buonoratti (d. 1564).  While the book is a cradle-to-grave historical novel, the film version is very specific –…

Ferris’ Wheel

Another aspect of a course on the White City is to show just how “their” world compares to “ours.” If you’ve read Larson’s book, then you should recall how he regularly references that there were nuts and bolts falling off of Ferris’ Wheel. Now you see why that was such a big deal.