Otiose

The Merriam-Webster word of the day is otiose. Please try to use it in a sentence: "The best breakfast I could come up with was OTIOSE. With sliced banana." Otiose should not be confused with Nyose, which means incredibly lame.

If you've been eagerly awaiting Avengers Infinity War

You will probably hate my blog. Sorry. I like to post about stuff that is from the world of the real, the tough, the hard (maybe even -boiled) and the classically goofy. It won't all be OLD, but it will be CLASSIC. Like— ●What does the…

Fred Andersen at Bay Area Book Festival this weekend

Oakland Airport I saw them as soon as we walked into the terminal. More important, they saw us. I didn’t think we could drive back and still get to school tomorrow. So I used Willy’s desktop to buy us four airline tickets online, and we…

Pregnant w/o a Cause

This is the latest edition of Wilshire Lewis's YA-NA-MC-RTV comic novel. For the acronymically challenged, that's: YA: Young Adult (teen) NA: New Adult (twenties-ish, or, alright millenial) MC: Midlife Crisis (thirty-somewhat, Gen…

Whazzup w' me

March 22-25: Left Coast Crime, Reno, signing and schmoozing. April 27: Sonya Andersen graduates with a Masters in counseling! April 28-29: Bay Area Book Festival, Berkeley. Selling and Signing. This summer: more book festivals,…

The Facts in Back of Lily Torrence (2): Barbara Stanwyck

Biographer Axel Madsen says "unearthing the truth about [Stanwyck's] sexuality would remain impossible," but also notes "people would swear she was…Hollywood's biggest closeted lesbian." And most Hollywood historians admit there's something…

Gay in Hollywood

Homosexual characters figure prominently in Lily Torrence. Lily’s mentor, the glamorous and powerful Deborah Boynton, is a lesbian. Her ex-husband, Ted Hardy is gay. Was this an intentional lavender marriage, or just a willing blindness to…

Was Lisa Pilsbury . . . funny?

There was a tap on the door, and Deborah stuck her head in. “Hi.” “ Hi,” Lily said, locking her plans away into a hidden place in her mind. Deborah smiled. “How are you?” “Oh, fine, fine. Just doing some thinking.” “They’re…

Raymond Chandler and Billy Wilder

In Lily Torrence, a hotshot young writer directer, Max Beckerman, and a talented older mystery writer, Lyman Wilbur, team up to write a screenplay for a hardboiled murder story called Double Down. And they respect each other’s abilities,…
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Jaxon Square by Fred Andersen

You talk about thrills.  Name one that could beat walking out of jail and seeing your girl there.  Mary.  Tall, slim and twenty-two.  The prettiest smile.  But the smile wasn’t fully lit.  Something had gone sour. Naturally the first…
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My Antonia by willa cather

When Pavel and Peter were young men, living at home in Russia, they were asked to be groomsmen for a friend who was to marry the belle of another village. It was in the dead of winter and the groom's party went over to the wedding in sledges.…
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A LINE IN THE SAND [EXCERPT]

Mallory I got out of the water and went to the cabana, which was really a sultan’s tent, white and tangerine. It went well with my pullover. I sat down to dry my legs. He followed me. “ I wasn’t kidding about the watch. I really want…