The Last Frontier – the first themed Las Vegas hotel & gambling hall – was built in the 1940s. I’m sure I visited there in the 1950s, when my parents dragged me along for a road trip. Not that memorable, honestly – I couldn’t wait to get back to civilization! Over the years, The Last Frontier changed ownership faster than a 21 dealer turns up cards – one of the owners was Howard Hughes. (but that’s another poem).
Here’s a stack of five vintage (1970s) Walt Disney illustrated children’s books, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Since we’re just on the cusp of celebrating women’s empowerment and achievements, we might as well salute Snow White’s resilience and inner strength. No evil witch could get the best of her. Go, Snow Whites, everywhere!
This is a poem about a book I would write called “Modern Family.” It would be non-fiction but no one would believe it, because the stories I’d tell are so insane & inane (in the membrane). So my book would become a movie by David Lynch. And I would get rich or at least a screen credit.
Books about TV series or films are fairly rare. Here’s “Scenes from a Marriage,” by Ingmar Bergman, (c)1974. a First American Edition. This 199-page book includes all the scenes from the film, as well as commentary by the great director, Bergman. With one or two b/w photographs, as seen above.
On The Dangerous Summer by Ernest Hemingway. First Edition hardcover from Scribner’s Sons, 1985. Some see it as a seminal work of non-fiction on bullfighting in Spain in 1959 – others view it as an autobiographical work of the iconic artist, reluctant to be conquered by age. Introduction by James A. Michener is especially compelling.
the art of American cookery by Vincent and Mary Price
I might have guessed
would know his Rice.
found cookin’ just
as acting in a
or as a
Monster on TV.
Quite the guy,
Vincent collected art,
his mark on
with his wives.
led three lives -
actor, art historian,
cook book writer.
Legions of young-uns
know him better as
the Background Voice
What they don’t know
was how killer
Soup recipe is…
Illustrated by Charles M. Wysocki
After Mary and Vincent Price’s Come into the Kitchen Cook Book, a Collector’s treasury of America’s great recipes. This 212-page hardcover, published in 1969, is an American history book of recipes – from Early America, to the Young Republic, to Ante Bellum, to Victorian, and ending at Modern. The book is illustrated by the great Charles M. Wysocki. And the recipes seem quite unusual & even tasty, like something you’d find on a Chopped episode; a re-purposed Young Republic appetizer concocted by an edgy new chef. I think I might try out the Onion Soup recipe (Victorian era) – but perhaps more-to-the-point, the Bonne Femme Soup. Sounds great! Bonne Appetite!
The Life and Times of Chaucer by John Gardner. This biography by the noted fiction author is a 328-page hardcover. It appears to be as dense as some of the Chaucer poetry I remember from my school years- The Canterbury Tales, in particular. If you would like to know more about the 1300s and Chaucer in particular, here’s a bookkee for you! The jacket is beautiful, so that’s a plus. Published by Alfred Knopf in 1977.
With a nod to my scarce 1969 Deluxe Gift Set of four J.D. Salinger paperback books – novels & stories, published in 1969 by Bantam. They’re all here – Catcher…, Nine Stories, Franny & Zooey, Raise High… & Seymour. Salinger’s books live on – engaging and entrancing us, again and again, with the power of the word and a writer’s fierce imagination.
Inspired by the 1980 First Edition, David O. Selznick’s Hollywood- a glitzy coffee table book on the history of Tinsel Town, from 1926-80. Written by Ronald Haver & illustrated with great old photos, movie posters, behind-the-studio-scenes, forgotten movie actors & much more. This book is 424 pages long and weights 7 pounds. That’s a lot of star dust.
If you’re on The City Council, The Board of your Assisted Living Community or the Leader of your daughter’s Girl Scout troop, you will need to know how to run an orderly meeting. Or not. With Robert’s Rules of Orderin your pocket (like this 1901 version), you’ll know how to Suspend the Rules, Call for the Previous Question, or Defer Action. This is why there is such a thing as a “gavel” (rhymes with gravel and unravel). You might have to pound the gavel mightily to get the proper attention. Many people today don’t know anything about Robert’s or his rules of order. This small 218-page book does not make for good reading, but it is a necessity if you encounter a gadfly at your next confab.