Monthly Archives: June 2018

The Good, the Pulp, and the Superversive – J.R.R. Tolkien

I introduced this new, intermittent series here at Every Day Should Be Tuesday in this post and attempted to define both “pulp” and “superversive.”  In this post I will try to flesh out what I mean by those terms by … Continue reading

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Country Noir: Savage Season by Joe Lansdale

Originally posted on Hillbilly Highways:
Take two crazy S.O.B.s, add one simple plan, and, well, things go about as well as expected from there.  Savage Season is Lansdale’s first novel featuring Hap Collins and Leonard Pine.  He would go on…

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The Good, the Pulp, and the Superversive – Introduction

Today I introduce a new, intermittent series here at Every Day Should Be Tuesday: The Good, the Pulp, and the Superversive.  With each post I will look at the work of a particular author or at a particular series and … Continue reading

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Music Monday: Was It 26 by Chris Stapleton

Originally posted on Hillbilly Highways:
Last week I talked about a great song that is special to me because of what it means in relation to my relationship with my dad.  Today I talk about a great song that is…

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Tolkien 101: Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy (extended editions)

I’ve seen Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy many, many times.  But this was a different experience.  My first time watching them after rereading the books, perhaps since their release.  My first time watching them after watching Jackson’s execrable … Continue reading

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Nonfiction: Night Comes to the Cumberlands: A Biography of a Depressed Area by Harry M. Caudill

Originally posted on Hillbilly Highways:
I once thought of Night Comes to the Cumberlands as a The Mind of the South for southern Appalachia (W.J. Cash utterly ignores the highcountry).  Now that I’ve read Night Comes to the Cumberlands, I…

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Announcing Hillbilly Highways: Country Noir, Hillbilly Studies, and Texas Country Blog

I have been hinting here for months about a secret project.  That secret project—Hillbilly Highways—quietly went live on June 4.  Hillbilly Highways is a new blog devoted to “Country Noir, Hillbilly Studies, and Texas Country.” Hillbilly Highways focuses on the … Continue reading

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Tolkien 101: Devin Brown’s Tolkien Biography

The best thing that can be said about Brown’s biography of Tolkien is also the worst: it is very short.  192 pages (in paperback) isn’t much room to tell the story of anyone’s life, let alone Tolkien’s.  Brown’s biography was … Continue reading

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Brandon Sanderson Sets Up Oathbringer With Edgedancer

I picked up four books to read in anticipation of Oathbringer: the Mistborn trilogy and Edgedancer.  As I mentioned in my reviews of the Mistborn books, that trilogy isn’t very closely tied to the Stormlight Archive (but it is also … Continue reading

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Tolkien 101: The Animated Tolkien Movies

Whew boy, did I need a palate cleanser after watching Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy.  And I did love the Rankin/Bass adaptation of The Hobbit as a kid, after all.  So it turns out that, of the three animated adaptations, that … Continue reading

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