Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere

Author: Poe Ballantine

Publisher: Hawthorne Books

ISBN: 9781921924521

Category: American authors

Page: 320

View: 2867


At age forty six years US author Poe Ballantine ends his nomadic lifestyle and brings his beautiful wife from Mexico to Chadron, Nebraska, and becomes a father to a son who may be autistic. His neighbor, a math professor at Chadron State College, disappears and three months later is found burned to death and tied to a tree in the woods. What happened to him? Was it murder? Suicide? Poe and a cast of memorable characters from Chadron aim to find out.

Guidelines for Mountain Lion Safety

Author: Poe Ballantine

Publisher: Transit Lounge

ISBN: 1921924942

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

View: 8770


“I explained toTomthat dealing with the bully was no different than dealing with the mountain lion. They were both predators looking for easy prey.” Poe Ballantine visits his dying Grandfather Bing, receives free rent in return for evicting difficult tenants from the Totalitarian Hotel, models nude for budding artists, reconnects with his parents, befriends a lonely Austrian tourist on the Greyhound bus, cooks and gambles in Vegas, falls in love, returns to his wife’s homeland of Mexico to baptize his son, and discovers the true meaning of Guidelines for Mountain Lion Safety. In this new collection of essays, Ballantine is at his soulful and penetrating best. At once hilarious and heart wrenching, the author recounts the trajectory of his own journey from reckless adolescence to the responsibilities of parenthood with disarming honesty, always fearlessly confronting those bullies and demons that threaten to blow us all off course.

Whirlaway

Author: Poe Ballantine

Publisher: Hawthorne Books

ISBN: 0998825700

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 3415


Eddie Plum, who insists he’s been unjustifiably committed to a California psychiatric hospital, manages to finally escape after fourteen years of incarceration to start his life anew. On the run, he holes up in a sheltered barrio on a bluff above the Pacific Ocean owned by his wealthy but unsympathetic father. Here he meets Sweets, the telepathic dog, laments the loss of Sofia, his madhouse lover, and plays the horses at the Del Mar Racetrack. Eventually he meets up with an old friend, Shelly Hubbard, a fellow horseplayer, record collector/dealer, and hardcore loner, who tells him about his brother, Donny, dead at the age of eighteen from a tragic dive off a thirty-foot La Jolla sea cliff known as the Clam. Eddie discovers a family secret and wants to help, but by then he’s already embroiled in the psychotic incident with the Tijuana prostitutes, the madhouse lover, and the police, who are hot on his tail. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride has nothing on Whirlaway, a hilarious novel of escaped mental patients, horseplayers, and record collectors.

The Best American Essays 2013

Author: Cheryl Strayed,Robert Atwan

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544105745

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 339

View: 9756


Curated by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wild, this volume shares intimate perspectives from some of today’s most acclaimed writers. As Cheryl Strayed explains in her introduction, “the invisible, unwritten last line of every essay should be and nothing was ever the same again.” The reader, in other words, should feel the ground shift, if even only a bit. In this edition of the acclaimed anthology series, Strayed has gathered twenty-six essays that each capture an inexorable, tectonic shift in life. Personal and deeply perceptive, this collection examines a broad range of life experiences—from a man’s relationship with Mormonism to a woman’s search for a serial killer; from listening to the music of Joni Mitchell to surviving five months at sea; from triaging injured soldiers to giving birth to a daughter; and much more. The Best American Essays 2013 includes entries by Alice Munro, Zadie Smith, John Jeremiah Sullivan, Dagoberto Gilb, Vicki Weiqi Yang, J.D. Daniels, Michelle Mirsky, and others.

Highs in the Low Fifties

Author: Marion Winik

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0762794801

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

View: 6846


A cross between Nora Ephron and David Sedaris, longtime NPR commentator Marion Winik has a uniquely hilarious and relatable way of looking at life. Her stories of being single in middle age, marked by stylish writing and stunning candor, left readers bent double with laughter when they appeared in her column, rated "Best of Baltimore" by Baltimore Magazine. Highs in the Low Fifties follows Winik’s attempt to rebuild her world as a once-widowed, once-divorced single mom. With her signature optimism, resilience, and poor judgment, Winik dives into a series of ill-starred romantic experiences. Her clarity about her mistakes and ability to find humor in the darkest moments—in love, and in all parts of life—has won her a growing crowd of devoted followers . . . and a few voyeurs.

Guidelines for Mountain Lion Safety

Author: Poe Ballantine

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781921924897

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 2425


"I explained to Tom that dealing with the bully was no different than dealing with the mountain lion. They were both predators looking for easy prey."Poe Ballantine visits his dying Grandfather Bing, receives free rent in return for evicting difficult tenants from the Totalitarian Hotel, models nude for budding artists, reconnects with his parents, befriends a lonely Austrian tourist on the Greyhound bus, cooks and gambles in Vegas, falls in love, returns to his wife's homeland of Mexico to baptize his son, and discovers the true meaning of Guidelines for Mountain Lion Safety. In this new collection of essays, Ballantine is at his soulful and penetrating best. At once hilarious and heart wrenching, the author recounts the trajectory of his own journey from reckless adolescence to the responsibilities of parenthood with disarming honesty, always fearlessly confronting those bullies and demons that threaten to blow us all off course. "Poe Ballantine's writing is the latest testament of the American spirit that fired Muir, Algren and Kerouac, always reaching out for a golden America vanishing beyond the horizon, while hunted out of the backwaters and broken cities that lie along the way. The essays in this volume are songs of experience, of an America few foreigners visit, of death, longing, estrangement and strange joys, wrought with a language both rugged and beautiful. He is one of the finest living American writers, and this is my favourite of his works."Patrick Holland, author of Navigatio and The Mary Smokes Boys

Whirlaway

Author: Poe Ballantine

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780997068399

Category: Fiction

Page: 191

View: 6346


Eddie Plum, who insists he's been unjustifiably committed to a California psychiatric hospital, manages to finally escape after fourteen years of incarceration to start his life anew. On the run, he holes up in a sheltered barrio on a bluff above the Pacific Ocean owned by his wealthy but unsympathetic father. Here he meets Sweets, the telepathic dog, laments the loss of Sofia, his madhouse lover, and plays the horses at the Del Mar Racetrack. Eventually he meets up with an old friend, Shelly Hubbard, a fellow horseplayer, record collector/dealer, and hardcore loner, who tells him about his brother, Donny, dead at the age of eighteen from a tragic dive off a thirty-foot La Jolla sea cliff known as the Clam. Eddie discovers a family secret and wants to help, but by then he's already embroiled in the psychotic incident with the Tijuana prostitutes, the madhouse lover, and the police, who are hot on his tail. Mr. Toad's Wild Ride has nothing on Whirlaway, a hilarious novel of escaped mental patients, horseplayers, and record collectors.

The 1931-1940: American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States

Author: American Film Institute

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520079083

Category: History

Page: 1198

View: 1655


The entire field of film historians awaits the AFI volumes with eagerness.--Eileen Bowser, Museum of Modern Art Film Department Comments on previous volumes: The source of last resort for finding socially valuable . . . films that received such scant attention that they seem 'lost' until discovered in the AFI Catalog.--Thomas Cripps Endlessly absorbing as an excursion into cultural history and national memory.--Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

Gothiniad

Author: Surazeus Astarius

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 138726656X

Category: Poetry

Page: 626

View: 7733


Gothiniad of Surazeus - Oracle of Gotha presents 150,792 lines of verse in 1,948 poems, lyrics, ballads, sonnets, dramatic monologues, eulogies, hymns, and epigrams written by Surazeus 1993 to 2000.

Who was who on Screen

Author: Evelyn Mack Truitt

Publisher: New York : R.R. Bowker Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: Entertainers

Page: 808

View: 7876


Furnishes brief biographical sketches and lists of screen credits for thousands of film performers, both the famous and the lesser known