High Noon
Autobiography/Biography , History / September 27, 2017

Title: High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic Author: Glenn Frankel Published: 2017 Genre: Biography/History Length: 317 pages (These are ‘readable’ pages discounting notes, etc.)   High Noon is my favorite movie of all time. The story of one man standing alone against all odds while everyone else cowers behind their rationalizations and fear is like poetry to me. When I came across this book completely by chance at a Barnes & Noble near Pittsburgh, I knew that I would be leaving the store with it. However, the subtitle regarding the Hollywood blacklist concerned me a bit. How much of the book would cover the movie versus the blacklist? What amazing stories would I hear about Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, and Llyod Bridges in this behind-the-scenes of the greatest movie ever made? As I eventually found out, the subtitle and main title should probably be reversed. The making of High Noon is highly interwoven with the communist witch hunts of the era, but the making of the film clearly takes a backseat to the political drama. To be fair, Carl Foreman (the primary writer of the film) is thrust into the epicenter of the communist hunt when he…

My Bookshelf – September 2017
My Bookshelf / September 16, 2017

As per usual, I’ve been collecting books at a faster pace than I can finish them. Oftentimes, I’m meandering through the bookstore when a shiny new book catches my attention and then I somehow rationalize adding it to my tottering “to read” book pile instead of buying it after I’m finished with said book pile. These are a select few that I am currently reading/ hoping to start soon:   1. High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic This is the book that I am currently the closest to actually finishing. I am a huge fan of the movie High Noon. I would go so far as to make the bold claim that it is my favorite movie of all time. I just intrinsically identify with Will Kane’s lone wolf stand against evil men while the rest of the town finds excuses to shy away from the conflict. It really gets to the heart of human nature. The book admittedly spends a lot of time investigating the Hollywood blacklisting that occurred around the time that High Noon was made, but it adds a great deal of context to the movie. My favorite parts involve behind the behind the…

‘Salem’s Lot
Horror / September 12, 2017

Title: ‘Salem’s Lot Author: Stephen King Published: 1975 Genre: Horror Length: 653 pages   It would be a little obvious at this point in time to review It, as the new movie has just dropped into theaters. Instead, I decided to bring attention to another Stephen King novel that I read over the summer. ‘Salem’s Lot might not inspire media attention on the level of It , but King’s second novel is a fantastic read all the same. Also, it features blood-thirsty vampires, which are way scarier than clowns any day. I am vaguely aware of the television and movie versions of ‘Salem’s Lot but I have not watched any of them at the time of writing. Judging from the reviews, that may be a good thing. I was inspired to read the book, however, after taking a wickedly delightful trip to Salem, Massachusetts this past summer. As I wandered through the dark and twisting halls of a horror themed wax museum (Count Orlock’s Nightmare Emporium), I unwittingly stumbled upon the terrifyingly life-like figure of a Nosferatu style vampire climbing out of a coffin. The nearby plaque read “‘Salem’s Lot,” and I knew that I would have to find out more about it. The tale begins after…

Update: Return and New Look for the Website!
Update / September 9, 2017

Hello, everyone! It’s been a really long time since my last post, so I thought I would give a quick update here. I spent a long time stuck on the wordpress.com platform and was growing increasingly tired of the restrictions with changing the look of the site. I finally scraped together the funds and time to switch over to wordpress.org so that I can make the site look more professional. I’ve read a lot of books in the meantime, so prepare for a number of reviews in the near future. As it is, I am still working on updating the site and fixing some issues with posts from the migration over from wordpress.com. Also, at my last time of writing, I had just completed National Novel Writing Month. While I hit my goal, I think that the book I was working on kind of ran out of steam. I ran into some issues that I was not happy with, so I think the book will need to be heavily revised before it ever sees the light of day. Of course, November is quickly approaching … It’s good to be back!