Saturday, December 27, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
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Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Here is the latest tour schedule. Hope to see you at one of these readings.
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sorry - but didn't all that goth-vampire-mortal love go down on Buffy the Vampire Slayer first? And better? Well, one could hope that Twilight's box office blow-out, and True Blood's hype might have some Hollywood producers dialing up Josh Wheedon to see about bringing Angel and Buffy to the big screen. Ah, if I ran things...
Anyway, if you're tired of mopey vamps and want a little more bloody red meat, then sink your teeth into Charlie Huston's Joe Pitt. Joe was a snot-nosed nihilistic punk in the New York underground scene until he was sucked dry and infected with the Vyrus in a grungy bathroom of CBGB's. Obviously this is not your mother's vampire Lestat.
Joe's a contrarian by nature and can't bring himself to join any of the various vampire factions seething just below the surface of New York. Instead, he navigates through them all as a private investigator, vigilante, fixer and badass. What makes Joe insanely cool, though, is that while he's a reluctant hero, over the course of the three books I've read he's come to terms with the fact that he's a monster - and those terms are uniquely his.
I met Charlie Huston at ComicCon a few years ago when we were on a panel together and I liked the sound of his books so I checked out his first Joe Pitt story. I thought it really rocked and I remember wondering whether there was an overall trajectory to his narrative. As I eagerly await the fourth now it's because there really is and I'm really looking forward to see what happens next.
Anyway, Charlie keeps up a really decent blog and he's donated books to Operation Warrior Library so I'm in his debt. But I'm also a fan and I think you should be too. So check out a vamp who'd give Edward, Bill, and maybe even Angel, a true beat-down.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Ghostbusters, Salvador, The Right Stuff...
I love Matewan by the great John Sayles and, while I wish in general that he'd make more movies, in particular I wish he'd make more movies like this one which tells part of the story of the largest armed insurrection in the United States since the Civil War. The two-year coal mountain war in West Virginia left dozens dead and was a turning point in the labor rights efforts in this country. Had Jack London been alive, he would have written about it.
But he wasn't. So John Sayles did. And now M. Glenn Taylor has taken up the story and added to it with his amazing book, The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart. He's created an amazingly memorable character, Trenchmouth Taggart, and placed him in the middle of this swirl of events. And that would have been enough for a good book. But what makes it a great one is how the character's participation in those days pursues him for the rest of his life. This is a book filled with humor and hurt, love and longing. Taggart's journey is wild and wonderful and brings him into contact with both John F. Kennedy and Chuck Berry in amazingly plausible ways.
I can't recommend it highly enough. Do yourself a favor and pick it up. You can thank me later.
Glenn, and his publisher, West Virginia University Press, have seen fit to donate a case of books to Operation Warrior Library. I think this one is going to be a big hit with our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And, as an advertising copywriter myself, I enjoy seeing my profession depicted.
I hope you'll support Ellen, and Operation Warrior Library, by picking up a copy of this book. Thanks to Ellen's generosity I've been able to deliver a box to our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Tonight, Jon Fasman, a contributor to Operation Warrior Library will be reading from his new book, THE UNPOSSESSED CITY, at the Tribeca Barnes & Noble in New York at 7PM.
Here's how Jon describes his book:
This book tells the story of Jim Vilatzer, a young Russian-American
who takes a job in Moscow to escape gambling debts
stateside. He expected simple, routine work; he found something else
entirely: Central Asian gangsters, Russian weapons scientists and the
ghosts of both Russia's bloody 20th century and his own family. The
novel is a mystery, an immigrant's tale in reverse, and a deeply
personal love letter to Moscow.
His first novel, THE GEOGRAPHER'S LIBRARY, was a terrific read and thanks to Jon's generosity is hopefully being read at this very moment by our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
So, if you're in New York and have the time tonight, drop in and meet Jon. If you're not in New York but still want to meet Jon, here are some more places you might be able to stalk him at:
Nov 12th: Trover Bookshop; 201 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC; 5.30pm
Nov 14th: B&N Bethesda; 4801 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD; 7.30 pm
Nov 17th: The Bookstall, 811 Elm St, Winnetka, IL; 7pm
Nov 18th: The Stop Smiling Storefront, 1371 N. Milwaukee, Chicago IL, 7pm
Thursday, November 6, 2008
When Breathed broke his back in a plane accident my little brother sent him a get-well letter. And the guy wrote him back, thanking him. I can't tell you what an impact that had on my brother that this guy took the time to send him a note. Very impressive.
Sadly, it didn't make much of a pop-culture ripple (at least in the pop cult I keep track of) when Breathed published the last appearance of Opus this past weekend. The set up for this is that Opus has decided to leave the stress of the world for a place where he can always be safe.
I think he made it.
I actually choked up when I saw this. I read this book a lot to my kids and I'll always picture this when I do from now on.
Just so you know, the final image up there was part of a Humane Society promotion. You might want to drop by and support them.
So, farewell to Opus and Milo and Steve Dallas and Cutter John and Bill the Cat and all the rest of those terrific characters. Twenty-eight years is an amazing run for any artist to have. Breathed, obviously, continues to publish - his books for children garner terrific reviews. And maybe, like the Lorax, someday Opus might return again.
Until then, thanks Mr. Breathed, and Good Night Opus.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Come on, give it a shot. Would I lie to you?
"...not enough people are watching ABC's Pushing Daisies. Bryan Fuller's secretly twisted yet romantic detective show may bring the dead back to life on a regular basis, but it also goes out of its way to prove Isaac Newton and Stan Lee right every week as well. Hilarious, more cynical than you might expect and with the best ensemble cast on television right now, we're giving you four reasons why it's time to put your preconceptions aside and get onboard the Pie Wagon before it's too late."
Click to read the four reasons...
You can start watching them online right this minute if you want to catch up.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Annie, on the other hand, has gone completely nuts! And I love it. As we head into Depression 2.0 (now with social networking), I thought it would be fun to check out one of the few remaining relics of Depression 1.0. There's an old-school pulp flavor to the bizarre story-lines. Check out today's strip. This follows yesterday's strip where Warbucks appeared ready to knife another guard. Though we often recall Annie as being that sweet little orphan, even in the 30's she often underwent harrowing adventures that sometimes crossed the lines of political correctness. I think the original creator, Harold Gray would totally approve of the direction that Jay Maeder and Ted Slampyak have taken the strip. I love it for its absolutely brilliant feeling of randomness, bordering on the surreal. Aw, who am I kidding, Annie has totally entered the land of surreal and become, possibly, post-surreal. I'd love to see Martin Charnin turn this storyline into a feel-good musical.
Anyway, stay tuned. I'm not done with my appreciation for Annie by any measure. It's just to good to miss.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Johnny Dwyer, a co-worker of mine, has just had a powerful article published in Rolling Stone. It's as disturbing an account of the ruination of a soul as you'll ever read:
Chucky Taylor was an ordinary suburban teenager - until he went to live with his father, one of Africa's most brutal dictators. How did a kid from Orlando end up as the first U.S. citizen on trial for torture abroad?Check it out here.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Ain't It Cool News is first out of the gate with a review of JACK LONDON IN PARADISE:
ONE THING I LOVE TODAY! Moriarty Checks Out Paul Malmont’s Gorgeous New Novel, JACK LONDON IN PARADISE!
I read Ain't It Cool a couple of times a day. This really means a lot to me.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Over at Gawker they're bidding a fond-ish farewell to tabloid reporter, Steve Dunleavy, who is on his way to retirement. As part of their celebration they're asking for Dunleavy stories.
I've got a couple of reminiscences. And it gives me a chance to show off a picture of me and Steve I never thought I'd have the opportunity to share.
In 1988 I was interning at the TV show A Current Affair where Steve was a reporter. I remember him being very cool and very flashy and a world-class smoker. He had landed an interview with Ronald Defeo, the man who had murdered his family in the house that later became known as The Amityville Horror. Steve was going out to Long Island to shoot some more footage and I asked him if I could tag along. He didn't have to say yes. I was just an intern. But he said sure, and before I knew it, I was in a car with him on the way to Amityville, hearing great stories about his career. For example, he had once slit the tires on his own father's (also a reporter) car to keep him from beating Steve to a story. Another thing he was quite proud of was he claimed to have written the book that killed Elvis. Apparently it was rumored that a book Steve had written, Elvis - What Happened? had been pried from The King's cold dead fingers - he had been reading it on the toilet when he'd had a heart attack.
After A Current Affair I went to work on the rookie season of Good Day New York - Fox's local morning show. My job was to get in early, get the coffee going and pull gossip stories from the wire. When I say early, I mean like 4AM early. On more than one occasion I would come in to find Steve and several author Aussie reporters and producers crashed out on office desks they had pushed together. Apparently they would drink hard at the Racing Club across the street and not bother going home.
Anyway, I ended up playing DeFeo in one of A Current Affair's patented re-enactments. And I got a cool picture as a souvenir. Cheers, Steve! Enjoy your retirement.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
The people over at GalleyCat - a blog about publishing - wanted to know what I thought about Sarah Palin. Actually, they wanted to know what Jack London might have thought about Sarah Palin considering his familiarity with her Alaskan neighborhood. So, it's not really my opinion they were after in the end. But in the finest tradition of political punditry, that didn't stop me from rendering an opinion.
See my hypothetical musings here.
Then someone let the McLaughlin Group know I'm ready for my appearance.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
All ready for your comments. Let 'er rip!
I once put Ghostbuster down as my desired position on a job application.
I can't tell you how many times I saw the original back in the summer of 1984.
Here's what I'm excited about...
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Moving to Blogger will give me more flexibility in my posts and make it easier for others to find, subscribe, and read them - for what that's worth. It'll also make it easier for you to leave comments on those posts.
This is all part of the upcoming re-launch of my site, wait for it, paulmalmont.com. It's going to be very 2.0 Or at least 1.5. Won't be ready for a few weeks yet but if you want a sneak peek at what my the cover of JACK LONDON IN PARADISE is - here you go.
It's because that was so easy to do that I'm moving. So subscribe and I'll talk to you soon.