Monthly Archives: April 2013

The View from the Club

Second Avenue North at twilight.

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Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Men?

A nocturnal street scene from the 1994 film version of The Shadow. At left is the entrance to The Cobalt Club, Manhattan’s swankiest night spot.

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In the Library: The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond

Old-school detective stories written by one of masters of the genre, not to mention one of the greatest minds of the 20th Century.  Chesterton’s protagonist Mr. Pond is a civil servant with a penchant for making seemingly contradictory statements and … Continue reading

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Mr. Gordon Goes to Washington

I’m not likely to forget the first time I met Deon Gordon. We’d arranged through correspondence to meet for coffee one afternoon at Urban Standard.  One glance at the distinctive young professional strolling confidently across Second Avenue North was enough … Continue reading

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In the Library: Hotel California

“This book is a remarkable look at one of the most dramatic, creative, and revolutionary settings in American popular culture:  the Los Angeles popular music scene from the late 1960s to the late 1970s.  Drawing on extraordinarily candid firsthand interviews, … Continue reading

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The View from the Club

Transom, upstairs at the Lyric Theatre.

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Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Men?

Here’s Victor Jory as the cloaked avenger apprehending a miscreant and saving the damsel in distress in this publicity still for Columbia’s classic 15-chapter cliffhanger serial featuring The Shadow.

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In the Library: Murder on the First Day of Christmas

Murder on the First Day of Christmas, Billie Thomas, 2012, Annie Acorn Publishing. “It’s beginning to look a lot like murder. “Finding a severed hand at a client’s house might throw lesser decorators off their games.  But Chloe Carstairs and … Continue reading

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The View from the Club

A nice spot of urban greenery on Third Avenue North.

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Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Men?

The Shadow and his agent Margo Lane share a cab ride through uptown Manhattan in this panel from The Shadow, Vol. 2, No. 7, Oct.-Nov., 1974, published by National Periodical Publications Inc. “The curtain rises on a drama of love … Continue reading

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