Author Archives: Buddy Roberts

In the Library: Floridays

Required reading during a visit to the Sunshine State.  Or any other time. You’ll not often catch me opening a book of poetry, but I make exception for Don Blanding. So should you:  http://www.amazon.com/Floridays-Don-Blanding/dp/B000HLYOGS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427076069&sr=8-1&keywords=floridays+don+blanding.

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The View from the Club

Working late.

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Good Reads: Fixed Baroque

A blog for language lovers, Fixed Baroque is written by Mandy Shunnarah, a regular here at the Cobalt Club and a self-described bringer of smiles, museum junkie, book nerd, and librarian in progress. “I coined the phrase fixed baroque as a way … Continue reading

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In the Library: The Filigree Ball

Although her work has fallen into obscurity, mystery novelist Anna Katherine Green was one of the best-selling writers of the early 20th Century.  The Filigree Ball (Being a full and true account of the solution of the mystery concerning the … Continue reading

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The View from the Club

Looking up (and through) at the corner of First Avenue North and Richard Arrington.

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Good Reads: The Birmingham Restaurant Raider

Whether you’re in the mood for pork chops, pasta, or pizza pies, you can’t go wrong with a recommendation from the Birmingham Restaurant Raider. For the benefit of Magic City diners, this mysterious blogger can always be found “anonymously raiding … Continue reading

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In the Library: In and Out of Character

Best known for portraying Sherlock Holmes in a series of 14 films for 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures, Basil Rathbone ranks among the finest actors of any century.  His well-written autobiography, full of entertaining anecdotes about old Hollywood, isn’t … Continue reading

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The View From the Club

Formerly a 350-room lodging establishment on Second Avenue North, the Thomas Jefferson Hotel was once noted for “Southern hospitality at its happy, wonderful best.”  Referred to as “the pride of Birmingham” during the 1930s, the building has for years been … Continue reading

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Good Reads (and a couple of things you’ve seen before)

“New features at the Cobalt Club?” Scott Wilson asked, giving me a skeptical look over the top of his lenses. “Yeah,” Wade Smith chimed in.  “Haven’t we heard that before?” As much as I hated to admit it, the club’s … Continue reading

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Mysteries, Meat Snacks, and Music

Mysterious things have been known to happen at the Cobalt Club, but three on the same night is extraordinary. “Something’s wrong with Chef Guy,” Millicent said, introducing me to the first one as I handed her my Borsalino. “Any idea … Continue reading

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