If I do anything on this blog, it is to examine the arts, and my history (or angst), with them. I confess, self-absorbed and so typical of this generation. I’ll add my set to the well-known contributors AARP selected for their Essential Boomer picks. First up, Erica Jong takes on the following with her stellar list.
… though Red Alert came out first (and was later the source material for Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant black comedy, Dr. Strangelove), I daresay FAIL-SAFE’s story has held up better in the decades since either book’s initial release. In spite of the fact both were locked into the specific post-WWII military tension, the later novel was more relatable to latter times because of its version in the nightmare scenario. Its basis of a technical glitch I believe rang more true then, and certainly more understandable with folks today, regardless of the passage of time.
Arguably the best statistical graphic ever, this chart was created by the French engineer Charles Joseph Minard (1781-1870). It shows the terrible fate that befell the French army in the Patriotic War of 1812 in a combination of data map and time series (originally drawn in 1861).
Last week, Publishers Weekly got Don Winslow, who as they say has “… had a busy summer. His prequel to Savages, The Kings of Cool, published last month, and the Oliver Stone-directed film based on Savages just hit theaters…”, to share his top 5 favorite crime novels with them.