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Who were Maurine Karns and Pat Patterson?
I don’t have much information on this strange duo, but the fact that in 1936 they published a guide to Shanghai that’s one of the most cherished (and fun) pieces in my collection.
The book (which was reprinted a few years ago by always reliable Earnshaw Books) is called Shanghai – High lihts, Low Lights, Tael Lights.
And it is absolutely outrageous.
It sometimes happens that I fall in love with my support characters.
Now, every series should have a handful of characters the hero can call upon when he gets in trouble – as heroes will.
Not properly a sidekick, more like a recurring character.
Think Marcus Brody and Sallah in the Indiana Jones movies.
Such characters provide support, continuity, and quite often an element of comedy that the…
I mentioned it in the past – I love reading books about writing.
Handbooks, collections of essays, collections of interviews.
There’s always something useful – an insight, a suggestion, an idea.
Now, the StoryBundle guys have an offer up and running – six books about writing, freelancing and living the writing life, plus other six if you shell out enough cash.
The deal is pretty straight – you…
A very quick heads-up.
British magazine Timeless Travels is now free for the digital download.
The magazine is devoted to travels with an archaeological, artistic or historical theme.
Each issue is 130 pages, with quality images and contents.
From their website you can still buy hard-copy versions of the mag – but the digital download is available for free, for a number of platforms (PC, tablets,…
But there’s not just soundtracks, of course.
I’m listening, as I’m writing this*, to The Age of Style, a compilation of 1930s original songs published by Past Perfect in 1999.
Past Perfect is a small independent label that markets remasters of original recordings from the past (roughly 1920s-1950s).
I found out about Past Perfect in the early 2000s, while I was looking for musical references for –…