Ron Shelton: The Church of Baseball (book review)

Arguably, the best sports films were directed by Ron Shelton. He is to sports films what Oliver Stone is to conspiracy thrillers and Quentin Tarantino is to gritty psychological thrillers. Shelton directed other non-sports films, crossing over into the weirdness of Stone/Tarantino. And yet, Shelton says that baseball is only secondary to Bull Durham. “It’s … More Ron Shelton: The Church of Baseball (book review)

Left on Tenth, A Second Chance at Life: Delia Ephron (a book review)

I heard about this book on CBS Sunday Morning and I knew right away I needed to read this book. ‘If you are in Manhattan, traveling downtown on Fifth Avenue or Seventh Avenue, you can turn only left on Tenth Street. It’s a one-way street, west to east. Left on Tenth is my way home. … More Left on Tenth, A Second Chance at Life: Delia Ephron (a book review)

Kenny Loggins: Still Alright (book review)

Rock star, pop star, country star, children’s recording star. What a long and successful career for Kenny Loggins, who just published his memoirs, Still Alright. Loggins was also a 1980s film soundtrack hit machine, in addition to his solo album successes, then he began a slow fade as most every successful artist does. The difference … More Kenny Loggins: Still Alright (book review)

Female Stand-Up Comics (Back When It Was A Male Profession)

A funny thing happened. Not funny, ha-ha, funny as in ironic. I’ve been watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Prime, about a divorced female stand-up comedian in the late 1950s-early 1960s, and just stumbled onto a book called In On the Joke: The Original Queens of Stand-Up Comedy. The karmameter siren sounded, dive into this … More Female Stand-Up Comics (Back When It Was A Male Profession)