Entries Categorized as 'vintage books'

Pride (or is that an oxymoron here?)

July 15, 2011

I’ve hit the mother lode! My friend Justin brought over a huge box of vintage cookbooks for me– you know the kind your grandmother or mother had, with the really gloriously colorful, tacky photos in it? Well, my favorite is this one, and especially the wonderful photo recipe for this frosting party dress–click on it […]

Finding My Tribe

June 14, 2011

The NewYorker Summer Fiction Issue has arrived but so far I’ve only read the non-fiction parts of it. There are new fictions from George Saunders and Jeffrey Eugenides (two of my absolute faves) and Lauren Groff (I still need to read her book, The Monsters of Templeton). Again, I love these writers, but I thought […]

Brown Bag Tuesdays

June 9, 2011

Tuesday I returned (at long last!) as co-host to San Diego Writers, Ink’s Brown Bag Drop-in Writing Group. I host it every other week but had taken a leave due to my teaching schedule last semester. The premise of BB is simple: you come in, I read a prompt from my black box of prompts, […]


May 1, 2011

Turned 42 on Friday (April 29th). Ooof. 42. What does that even mean? My dad called me and left this message: Hey Bobby. Just called to wish you a happy birthday. Gosh, how old are you now? Let’s see, you were born in 69. 1969, 79, 89, 99, 2009, 2011. Are you 42 years old? […]

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl–vintage paperback

January 2, 2011

Latest addition to my vintage paperback book collection: Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl— with the 1959 George Stevens movie tie-in (the book features actress Millie Perkins on the cover). My other vintage paperbacks are here. And here. And here. (click on the link on the sidebar for vintage books to see others […]

Happy New Year! (can I get a woot woot for 2011?)

December 31, 2010

I was thinking that putting a picture from The Poseidon Adventure on my New Year’s blog entry might be too foreboding but what the hell! I love the movie– you know, massive tidal wave flips over a cruise ship and survivors, including Shelley Winters, Red Buttons, and Pamela Sue Martin, have to climb their way […]

Mr. Peabody’s Mermaid

May 8, 2010

For my birthday Ted got for me this great vintage Pocket Book, Peabody’s Mermaid, by Guy and Constance Jones–and it came today in the mail.  The book, this version of which was published in 1948 (it was also serialized in Cosmopolitan Magazine in 1945!), is a movie tie-in. I think I’ve mentioned it before but […]

The Best of Everything

March 4, 2010

I really shouldn’t have, but I bought this pulp novel on Ebay a week ago and just got it in the mail.–it was just a $1.99. I’m a sucker for these pulps from the 50s/60s–but especially if they’re film tie-ins, like this one: The Best of Everything written by Rona Jaffe. The movie starred Hope […]

Being Dead is the Most Boring Experience in Life–Oscar Wilde (supposedly)

May 21, 2009

No, i’m not dead–but you wouldn’t know it based on my lack of posting lately. It’s been a hectic and challenging last few weeks. Some highlights: A couple of weeks ago, as you may know, I took Tom Spanbauer‘s Dangerous Writing workshop– three intense days of talking, writing, analyzing about what we are afraid of […]

Bicycle Writer

December 20, 2008

I’m so in love with William Saroyan‘s memoir The Bicycle Rider in Beverly Hills. It was given to me by a fellow teacher, a Saroyan scholar, at one of the schools where I teach. I haven’t read it all, but I visit the book every so often–it sits on the nightstand next to my bed, […]