Category: Reading

Book: The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick (Mallory O’Meara, 2019)

No matter how much you may regard yourself as a film buff, it is unlikely you are familiar with the name Milicent Patrick.  It is equally unlikely you know her by her birth name, Mildred Elizabeth Fulvia di Rossi, or the (at least) three other names she would adopt in her lifetime.  But it was […]

Book: The Vinyl Frontier: The Story of NASA’s Interstellar Mixtape (Jonathan Scott, 2019)

I have been actively collecting records for nearly four decades now and so have a fair-sized library numbering a couple of thousand discs.  I don’t have anything extremely rare.  It’s not like I have a copy of Yesterday and Today by The Beatles with the pulled “butcher” sleeve.  My original copy of The Velvet Underground […]

Book: Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of a Mysterious Continent (Gabrielle Walker, 2012)

Are you miserable in the summer heat?  Might I recommend cooling down by reading non-fiction that will transport you to a frozen wasteland?  I have read many books about Antarctica, and the various expeditions to there, but the best I have read to date is Gabrielle Walker’s Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of a Mysterious Continent. […]

Book: Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed (Ben R. Rich and Leo Janos, 1994)

Strange but apparently true: stealth aircraft are so effective at avoiding radar, bats fly into them.  I like bats, so I wasn’t thrilled to learn this.  The aircraft also deflect sonar, which makes it almost impossible to take a Polaroid picture of one.  Those types of cameras use a form of sonar to auto-focus, which […]

Book: Shit, Actually (Lindy West, 2010)

I am a huge fan of Rifftrax and Mystery Science Theatre 3000.  One aspect of Rifftrax I especially like is they often have additional riffers beyond their legacy group of three guys formerly of MST3K.  They don’t have many female riffers, but the ones they do use on a regular basis are phenomenal: Bridget Nelson, […]