Some fall books you might want to pick up (and also read):
Going There by Katie Couric. This memoir by the former Today host is already stirring controversy for her frank opinions about people like Martha Stewart, Ashley Banfield, Deborah Norville, and talk show host Larry King.
A Carnival of Snackery by David Sedaris. This is the second volume of the humorist’s diaries, which covers the years 2003 to 2020.
Beat Bobby Flay: Conquer the Kitchen with 100+ Battled-Tested Recipes by Bobby Flay. This isn’t just a cookbook featuring recipes from the food competition show, it might be a collector’s item, since it looks like Flay is leaving the Food Network after 27 years.
We Were Promised Flying Cars
Maybe they’re a little closer to the mainstream now (maybe), as this CBS Sunday Morning feature shows.
Candy Corn? Seriously?
It’s that time of year again, the days of black and orange decorations, bingeing on scary movies, and the ranking of Halloween candy from various sites. This one from BuzzFeed isn’t bad, I guess, even if I would put Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups first. But how in the world can they say that candy corn (!) is better than Junior Mints, Mr. Goodbar, and Smarties?
The Retro TV Site
What a fantastic idea: a site where you can watch TV shows and commercials from the ’60s to the 2000s on a retro television set. You can even control what genres you want to watch, the year, the volume, even the color and brightness. (Warning: You’ll probably spend several hours here. I know I have.)
The Most Famous Writer You’ve Never Heard Of
My friend James Lileks mentioned a writer on his blog that I had never heard of before: O.O. McIntyre. I bet you’ve never heard of him either, so it might surprise you to find out that at one point he was one of the most popular writers in the country.
O.O. (for Oscar Odd, but he went by Odd) came to New York City from the small town of Gallipolis, Ohio, after working for several newspapers in Ohio. He wrote a pop culture column, “New York Day by Day,” sort of a letter back home about his experiences in the city, that was syndicated in over 500 papers across North America. He was making $200,000 a year, an incredible amount for the 1920s and ’30s (or 2021, for that matter), got to live at the Hotel Majestic in exchange for doing their publicity work, and became friends with people like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Rudolph Valentino, and Charlie Chaplin. A rather intriguing guy.
If I can add another book to the above reading list: An Odd Book, by R. Scott Williams, a biography of McIntyre that includes many of his writings. Williams says in the book that McIntyre wrote for the Post, but I can’t find anything. Williams does say that McIntyre “joked that his submissions to The Saturday Evening Post were rejected so fast, he wondered if they sent someone from Philadelphia to New Jersey to intercept and return them before they were opened.”
But Joseph Bryan III wrote an extraordinarily long profile of McIntyre for the November 20, 1937, issue of the Post. He owned 60 pairs of pajamas (30 for the day and 30 for sleeping in).
Headline of the Week
RIP Gary Paulsen, Paddy Moloney, Bob Herron, Patrick Horgan, Juli Reding, Ruthie Tompson, Deon Estus, John Ashton Thomas, and Dottie Dodgion
Gary Paulsen was a writer of autobiographical young adult adventure novels, including the Hatchet series. He also wrote other series, including The Tucket Adventures and The Culpepper Adventures. The three-time Newbery Medal runner-up and Margaret Edwards Award winner also competed in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 1983. He died Wednesday at the age of 82.
Paddy Moloney was the co-founder of the Irish folk band The Chieftains. He died Tuesday at the age of 83.
Patrick Horgan appeared on many soap operas, including The Doctors and Guiding Light, as well as shows like Star Trek and The Gentle Falcon, and movies like Zelig and the original The Thomas Crown Affair. He died last week at the age of 92.
Juli Reding appeared in the cult horror film Tormented as well as episodes of Dr. Kildare, 77 Sunset Strip, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Sea Hunt, and Big Valley. She died last month at the age of 85.
Ruthie Tompson was an animator and scene planner who worked for 40 years on Disney films, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Bambi, Sleeping Beauty, Mary Poppins, The Aristocats, and The Rescuers. She died Sunday at the age of 111.
Deon Estus was the bass player for Wham! and also played with Elton John, Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, and Frank Zappa. He had a solo hit single with “Heaven Help Me.” He died Monday at the age of 65.
John Ashton Thomas was orchestrator or arranger on many films, including Black Panther, The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Avengers, Tropic Thunder, Night at the Museum, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, and the Bourne movies. He died last week at the age of 60.
Dottie Dodgion played drums with many well-known musicians, including Benny Goodman, Charles Mingus, Tony Bennett, Zoot Sims, and Marian McPartland. She also had her own trio, playing with them until 2019. She died last month at the age of 91.
This Week in History
Eleanor Roosevelt Born (October 11, 1884)
For the August 24, 1935, issue of the Post, the first lady wrote about the importance of being curious.
I Love Lucy Premieres (October 15, 1951)
Yes, it has been 70 years since the classic CBS sitcom debuted on a Monday night at 9 p.m. It dominated the Nielsen ratings for years, and the colorized episodes that CBS airs every holiday season still bring in millions of viewers.
Turner Classic Movies just launched the third season of their “The Plot Thickens” podcast, and it focuses on the life and career of Lucy.
This Week in Saturday Evening Post History: Truck Stop Diner (October 10, 1953)
It doesn’t say it on the sign, but I bet this place serves chili, which is good timing because …
… October Is National Chili Month
I’m not even sure if it’s “chili weather” yet — it has been around 70 here the past several days — but it’s coming, so tuck into this Southwestern Chili from Curtis Stone. If you want to try something a little different, try this Turkey Pumpkin Chili. And if you want something really different, try this Chocolate Chili from Paula Deen.
By the way, I don’t know if you use the phrase “tuck in” where you live (I heard it for the first time just a few years ago), but it’s British slang and means to “eat enthusiastically or hungrily.”
Next Week’s Holidays and Events
Dictionary Day (October 16)
Why do people only read dictionaries when they absolutely have to? Why don’t more people read them for pleasure, like they do books by David Sedaris or Katie Couric?
NBA Season Starts (October 19)
The 75th anniversary season begins on TNT at 7:30 p.m. ET, as the defending champs the Milwaukee Bucks take on the Brooklyn Nets (though don’t expect Kyrie Irving to play).
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