First of all, my friends, I want to apologize for being largely silent during the month of February. There are many reasons for that, and I won't go into any of them here. Suffice it to say, I'm here, get used to it! And I hope I will be publishing much more in the coming … Continue reading AN APOLOGY – AND A REQUEST FOR CINEMATIC ASSISTANCE!
Last year, moviegoers and Netflix subscribers (I count myself as both) were inundated with mid-20th century British history. Beginning with Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, followed by The Darkest Hour, which covered the same events from Churchill’s point of view (and assured its star, Gary Oldman, of an Oscar), continuing on to Season 2 of The Crown, … Continue reading FIGHTING THE FIFTH COLUMN, GAD STYLE – PART ONE: Christie’s N or M
When I began my Adventures with Agatha at the tender age of eleven and a half, I was pretty much flying blind. I had been led to And Then There Were None by the machinations of a brilliant babysitter, but after that I was on my own. There was no internet to look Christie up … Continue reading ON MY THIRD READ OF CHRISTIE, THE BOOK I BOUGHT FOR ME: Three Blind Mice
Mr. JJ of The Invisible Event (you do know that JJ is his last name, not his initials, right? His first name is Al) recently posted on my favorite topic, Agatha Christie, detailing some of the highs and lows he had experienced after nearly twenty years of reading the Queen of Crime. It was a … Continue reading GOOSEBUMPS: THE CHRISTIE EDITION
"When you read what happens after that you will not believe it, but you will keep on reading, and as one incredible event is followed by another even more incredible you will still keep on reading. The whole thing is utterly impossible and utterly fascinating. It is the most baffling mystery that Agatha Christie has … Continue reading “COME AWAY, COME AWAY, DEATH . . . “ Christie’s New Direction
Without a doubt, my favorite children’s author growing up was a man named Edward Eager. He was primarily a dramatist, but between 1954 and 1962 he also wrote seven novels for kids. Perhaps the size of his output explains why he isn’t more well-known, but he should be! Eager wrote in the same vein as … Continue reading A JUNIOR MYSTERY TO END MY HOLS
“Yesterday we were murder suspects with complicated personal lives, but today we’re just being girls.” The princess. The jock. The nerd. The criminal. The outsider. What a tangled, profitable web these teen stereotypes have woven! Director John Hughes staked most of his film career on stories about princesses loving jocks (Sixteen Candles), nerds loving princesses … Continue reading ONE OF US IS LYING: GAD Alive and Not-So-Well in YA