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Patty’s Pick: The Dark Tower

Patty staff picks photo“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.” Thus opens The Gunslinger, the first book in Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic, western series, The Dark Tower. If you’re in the mood for The Good, The Bad and The Ugly mixed with high fantasy – try this epic series.

By MPPL on August 2, 2010 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Picks by Patty

Patty’s Pick: The Frantic Flintstones

Patty staff picks photoThe Frantic Flintstones are an early psychobilly band. Re: Psychobilly – imagine a musical stew made out of rockabilly music, genre movies and a manic attitude. The Frantic Flintstone’s 20th Anniversary Album collects the best pit-wrecking and shimmy-shaking tunes of the Frantic Flintstones’ career thus far.

By MPPL on May 24, 2010 Categories: All Staff Picks, Music, Picks by Patty

Patty’s Pick: Deadwood

Patty staff picks photoAre you still angry that HBO canceled Deadwood? Me too, but there is a fix. The book Deadwood by Pete Dexter. Ride into the Black Hills of the Dakota Territories with Wild Bill, Charley Utter and Calamity Jane runnin’, gunnin’, raising Cain and dealing cards all the way.

By MPPL on March 15, 2010 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Historical Fiction, Picks by Patty

Patty’s Pick: Veganomicon

Patty staff picks photoVegans don’t eat or use anything that originates from an animal. The Veganomicon proves a vegan diet can be as vibrant, healthy, hearty and delicious as a diet that includes meat. The Southwestern Corn Pudding matched with the Chili-Cornmeal Crusted Tofu was a favorite at my dinner table.

By MPPL on December 28, 2009 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Patty

Patty’s Pick: True Grit

Patty staff picks photoMattie Ross is fourteen and has “never been one to flinch or crawfish when faced with an unpleasant task.” Her father was murdered. Mattie seeks the help of Deputy Marshal Rooster Cogburn, famously played by John Wayne in the movie, to avenge him in Charles Portis’ excellent western, True Grit.

By MPPL on October 12, 2009 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Picks by Patty

Patty’s Pick: Gulag Orkestar


Patty staff picks photoLawrence Ferlinghetti has written about  “perpetually awaiting a rebirth of wonder.” When the glory of the world goes a bit dark and I’m forgetting to be awed by life, I put on Gulag Orkestar by Beirut. Wistful smiles and immediate relaxation.

By MPPL on June 1, 2009 Categories: All Staff Picks, Music, Picks by Patty

Patty’s Pick: The Crime Scene

Patty staff picks photoDangerous darlings, untimely expirations, miscreants and men in black! The Crime Scene makes me feel like I’m sleuthing through a noir world with convicts, crooks, Fedoras, and flatfoots around every corner. The last track explains the whole CD, “Music to be Murdered By” and what a swinging way to go.

By MPPL on March 30, 2009 Categories: All Staff Picks, Music, Picks by Patty