About

I try to read a book a day. I also try to make $1000 in the stock market each trading day–but that doesn’t always work out. I don’t have a cell phone (they’re instruments of the Devil) and I despise “Call Waiting” (which is cutting in line). As of December 30, 2016 I’ve Retired from a 40-year teaching career as a College Professor. I am dedicated to finding a Good Home for the 30,000 books in my basement.

59 thoughts on “About

  1. Nell Hambrick

    Hi George…. Something made me think of my mother, Ellen Nehr, and her love of DAPA-EM. I thought I would search and found the site where it was said it had ended in 2011. I read the comments mentioning my mother and the list of the members of whom so many were dear friends of her. I remember the days when it came in the mail. Believe me, she was not to be disturbed while she eagerly read it.

    The thing that made my husband and I start talking about this was seeing some stained glass artwork on Pawn Stars this evening. About 24 years ago, I had a lady I met at a craft show make a small stained glass hanging for a Christmas present for my mom. It said, DAPA-EM with a knife dripping blood between the words. After she died, I think my dad said he sent it to Art Scott. Would you happen to have his email address? I am just wondering if he still has it.

    Nell (Nehr) Hambrick

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    1. Wolf Böhrendt

      Hi George!
      I thought I’d put the following remarks here since they would be OT at your currents comments:

      I’m so happy to have found a “similar soul”, had to read half a year (almost) of your entries, especially since I’m a big SF fan (you already know that) and also admire the USA (in a way – not everything), especially the music and (some of) the films. Here in Southern Germany near the Black Forest it’s been raining all day so I had time enough while my wife read some SF on her new kindle …
      Please keep up the good work!

      wolfi

      PS:
      There are a lot of uncanny similarities – like you I’ve been using a CPAP machine for many years …

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      1. george

        Wolf, you’ll find a lot of similar souls on this blog. And, you’ll find some great diversity, too! Without my CPAP I wouldn’t be around right now.

  2. JAMES F O'NEIL

    Searching for material on one of my favorite writers, Joseph Epstein, I found your site by Google images. How “accidental” is that? As I get older, he gets better. I, too, discovered him through American Scholar. In fact, he even answered a letter I sent him, in my best cursive. I hold his postcard reply, in cursive, precious. PS:I tried C-PAP for nearly two years. I now hate it…. Please take a look at my WordPress site. You will not be disappointed. Jim

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    1. george

      James, I’m a huge fan of Joseph Epstein! I’ve read all of his books. I’ll be reviewing his A LITERARY EDUCATION SOON. I have some correspondence with various writers. It’s always a thrill when they respond. And, some have commented on this blog so that’s great, too! I’ll check out your blog.

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      1. JAMES O'NEIL

        I tried your email, but it came back. I thought you would like to read this:
        Dear Mr. O’Neil,
        I was able to download it after all. The blog is nicely written, and very pleasing to me, its subject. I’m most grateful to you.
        Best, Joseph Epstein
        > From: joseph Epstein
        > Date: September 6, 2016 8:24:06 AM CDT
        > To: glassings1225@hotmail.com
        > Subject: Re: [Axios Press] Visitor email: Making Contact with Joseph Epstein
        > Dear Mr. O’Neil,
        >
        > Alas, I was unable to download your blog. Is there any form in which you can send it to me.
        >
        > Best wishes, Joseph Epstein
        >
        >
        > On Sep 6, 2016, at 8:19 AM, Jody Banks wrote:
        >
        >> Joe,
        >>
        >> Just forwarding this to you as requested by Mr. O’Neil.
        >>
        >> Jody
        >> Axios Press
        >>
        >> —–Original Message—–
        >> From: axiosin@host26.registrar-servers.com
        >> [mailto:axiosin@host26.registrar-servers.com]
        >> Sent: Saturday, September 03, 2016 1:15 PM
        >> To: info@axiosinstitute.org
        >> Subject: [Axios Press] Visitor email: Making Contact with Joseph Epstein
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        >> From: JAMES F O’NEIL
        > Subject: Making Contact with Joseph Epstein
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        >> Message Body:
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        >> I would appreciate your sending an email to Mr Epstein with my blog address
        >> and email address. Also I am including two links to blogs that I have
        >> published. I have just finished reading A Literary Education. I agree the
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        >> [Who Is Joseph Epstein? Should I Care?]
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  3. Wolf Böhrendt

    George, I tried to comment several times but got an error message from wordpress – now I’m trying here.
    Ignore/delete this if the error is fixed.

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    1. Wolf Böhrendt

      George, the same problem today – can’t post a comment on “hip pain”. Got any idea what’s wrong?

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  4. Francesca

    First and foremost congratulations on retirement. I’ve been meaning to get into contact with you so I hope this gets to the right place. Email me back when you get the chance!

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  5. Abbey Hamilton

    Hello Mr Kelley:
    My friend and Companion in Trouble (re old books) Jim Melsna sent me a link to your MASTERPIECES OF MYSTERIES page since we had been discussing them, and I’m very glad to have “found” you, yet another bookcrazy retiree with never enough books in their life. -grin- Just wanted to say thank you, and Keep Up the Good Work re. reviewing, etc.

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  6. Dan

    Just came across a reference in an old DAPA-EM to a story you told about Art Scott getting kicked oit of a smut shop for crawling on the floor. That is, I saw the reference but not the story itself.

    Help??

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    1. george

      Dan, Art Scott used to visit Western NY as part of job. If Art had time, I’d take him to various bookstores in Buffalo and Canada. On the trip you’re referring to, I took Art to the Ken-Bailey Bookstore in a seedy side of town. The Ken-Bailey Bookstore specialized in Adult material. Art was mostly interested in old sleazy paperbacks. And, Art found quite a few before the paranoid owner decided Art must be an undercover cop and kicked him out of the store. I managed to escape the owner’s wrath (my professorial demeanor worked to my advantage). I rescued a stack of sleaze Art had piled up so the outing wasn’t a complete failure. Art could probably supply a few more details to the incident.

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  7. Ken Kuhlken

    Professor Kelley,

    As a fellow retired college prof, I especially hope you will read my latest, , Newport Ave. (noir crime from Hickey’s Books, March 2018, 272 pages, available in trade paper and ebook).

    The story in brief: hoping to save his sister from her mob-connected ex, a wanted man returns to his hometown and encourages a Sunday school teacher to murder. The novel features strong Christian themes.

    My previous novels, with Viking, St. Martin’s, and Poisoned Pen Press, have earned much praise and many awards.

    For a press release with cover image and review copy request, go to: http://www.hickeybooks.com/newport-pr

    Many thanks,

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  8. Suman Chakrabarti

    I found this gem of a blog by searching for “Earth is but a Star” by John Brunner — ironically by reading about it in a Moorcock letter in Elric:Stealer of Souls. I highly approve of your Forgotten Book series of posts, and have read your latest two dozen posts and thought well of them.

    I’d like to propose a decisively underrated book and series for you: “Curse of the Mistwraith”, book 1 of “The Wars of Light and Shadow: series, by Janny Wurts. I’d describe it as fantasy with levels within levels, with twists and subsequent revelations arising from subtleties planted very cleverly. She’s also the artist of her own covers, each of which also hint at story elements.

    The current book, “Destiny’s Conflict” is the penultimate novel of the series, published for just a few months. It’s the first one also published as an audiobook. It has been touted as the most shocking and relentless of the entire series. I would highly recommend this series to anyone.

    I’ve lived in Huntsville, Alabama, USA for 20 years and work at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.

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    1. george

      Suman, thank you for your kind words! I will track down a copy of CURSE OF THE MISTWRAITH by Janny Wurts. Sounds great! I’ll also have more reviews of John Brunner’s works in the months ahead.

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    1. george

      David, you might see a review of BROKEN MEATS next week! I’m just finishing another Lovecraftian novel, DEEP ROOTS by Ruthanna Emrys, the latest in her Innsmouth Legacy.

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    1. george

      Gary, not only was BLOOD WORK a labor of Love, it honors a great guy who helped a lot of people. I enjoyed “I’m With It: A Love Story.” Nice job!

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  9. Caolinn Douglas

    Hi George, I hope you’re well!
    I’m emailing from Bookouture, a leading digital publisher in London, and would love to speak to you about potentially joining our blogger database. Please do let me know if there is an email address I can contact you on; alternatively, my email address is attached with this message so would love to hear from you
    Thanks! C.

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  10. MARTIN Roger

    Hi,
    It seems it is become difficult to buy books in USA and be sure they arrive in France. I would like to have your text about my old friend Marvin H. Albert, and the one of Marv Lachman about the great Ed Lacy.
    Could you send me PDF?
    On my side, I may send you issues of my fanzine Hard Boiled Dicks (Robert Finnegan, for exemple, because it’s full of rare material about William Paul Ryan/Mike Quin/Robert Finnegan).
    Hoping this “deal” seems to you equitable,

    With my best regards,
    Roger Martin

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    1. george

      Roger, I would be happy to send you PDFs of my article on Marvin H. Albert and Marv Lachman’s article on Ed Lacy. But first, I’ll have to find them. I have a large (and somewhat disorganized) book collection. Give me a few days to search and I’ll hopefully send you the material you want. When you receive them, you can send me anything you like. Your HARD BOILED DICKS fanzine sounds wonderful!

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  11. Ted Denton

    ello,

    I’m impressed with your website and would be grateful if you would consider reviewing and sharing my debut thriller Tight Lies to the community.

    Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher books endorses it as ‘Hard, Fast and Really Good!’
    This is the link on Amazon http://mybook.to/tightlies
    The author website is http://www.ted-denton.com and on Twitter/ Instagram page my handle is TedDentonWrites
    Look forward to hearing from you on anything further you may need from me.
    All the best,
    TD

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  12. Glenn Morton III

    Hi, I hope this is the George Kelley that I know from the NT Aquatic’s Center. It’s Glenn and I just wanted to chat for a bit. Books, TV, booze… Hope you and yours are well. I’ll check back here for messages. Sorry, but I just remembered you had this blog.

    Sincerely,
    The Big Water Guy

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    1. george

      Glenn, glad to hear from you! Books, I’m reading up a storm! TV, I’m caught up on all the CW DC series. Booze…I just bought a case of RUBY wine in case shortages continue. Hope you and your wife are doing well! Hope you enjoy my blog. I post something new every day.

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  13. Glenn Morton III

    Hi George, I’m blazing through all the graphic novels I’ve neglected while working. Going to start on either the new Patricia Briggs or Kevin Hearne book. There is even a new Slayer series I’ve been eyeing, but I’m saving that for a bit. I’ll check out your posts in between checking on my classes. Not much traffic there, but it’s all I can do. Best to the family and see you when everything reopens.

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  14. Glenn Morton III

    I’ve been scouring Jim B’s site and found some short stories he drops in on Tuesdays in what he’s calling the “Year of Dresden” since it’s the 20th anniversary of when he first published The Dresden Files first novel. His new book isn’t out till July 14th, but I may reread one or 3 of my earlier favorites. I just picked up a compilation of shorts from various authors with one from him I haven’t read yet. Trying not to burn through everything right now, but if it’s burn through my stash or join the pandemic crowd, then books here I come. I miss the pool, but you know I really miss the whirlpool since our friend is no longer a problem. Off to the stacks.

    Glenn

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    1. george

      Glenn, glad you’re doing well. I’m busy reading books I’ve had on my shelves for years. I haven’t read all The Dresden Files books, so I have those to look forward to! Stay well!

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  15. Glenn Morton III

    George, I’m envious of reading Dresden for the first time. The character development is great. I had just re-watched the TV series (meh) before all this started, but it was a fix until the new novel comes out. It was great to see minor characters that Butcher turned into MAJOR players in the series. Just started Letter to the King on Netflix and so far not bad. Said it was based on a book, but I haven’t looked it up yet. Maybe after I’m done. OK, I’ll let you get back to reading. Talk to you soon.

    Glenn

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    1. george

      Glenn, I read the first four novels in THE DRESDEN FILES series in a hurry, then decided to read the rest of the series more slowly to savor the excellence. Looking forward to seeing you at the Pool soon! Stay Safe!

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  16. Glenn Morton III

    Hey George, I didn’t know this one! They slipped it in a trailer I wasn’t able to watch. I’ll go back and see if I can see it myself. Great Find!! Thanks.

    Ordering it now…Don’t tell my wife…

    Glenn

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  17. Glenn Morton III

    Hello again,
    Yes, I’ll have to drop JB a note, but I don’t want to interrupt him when he might be writing/reading. Going through the Supernatural series and am on book 6. They really have the tone and patter between the brothers pretty close to the series. I’ve been binge watching Comic Book Men and for laughs watched the Tremors movies. If this goes much longer, Sharknado here I come. Hope all is well and our wives put up with us.
    Sincerely,
    Glenn

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    1. george

      Glenn, Diane and I are doing well. Today I’m driving to St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston to donate 3 CPAP breathing machines. We gave up on NANCY DREW and are moving on to other TV series that we’ve DVRed. I’m about to start reading DEATH MASKS by Jim Butcher. Stay well!

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  18. Glenn Morton III

    Hi George, I was thinking about CPAP machines as respirators, but i only have my one. Just started Patricia Briggs new one “Smoke Bitten” and so far I’m enthralled. I’m watching “Murdoch Mysteries” again just to pass the time, but will start on the new Buffy books soon. I can hardly wait. Sad commentary on the world when I’m feeling guilty about having enough time to read the books I want… kind of…lol. Sort of just got a Burgess Meredith vibe when I wrote that. I hope you get the reference, but who am I kidding, you get it. I’m going to donate blood since I’m AB pos and have been in isolation for 14 days. Stay well and let me know if you need any wine.

    Sincerely,
    Glenn

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    1. george

      Glenn, I bought a couple cases of Ruby wine at the beginning of the coronavirus scare so I’m in good shape. Thanks for the offer! When I was covered by Blue Cross/Blue Shield they would BUY me a CPAP machine and every 5-7 years, buy me a new CPAP machine! That was Cadillac coverage! With Independent Health, I have to “rent” the CPAP machine. Bummer.

      If you start to run short of things to read, let me know. I could put together a Coronavirus CARE package and leave it on your porch. I’ve been working in my basement and I’ve unearthed some books and graphic novels you would enjoy. Stay safe!

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  19. Glenn Morton III

    Hey George,
    Just got word that a friend’s mother, who I knew, died of C-19. She showed symptoms last Wednesday and passed away Saturday night. Wow, this just became real. I hope you and your wife are being careful. If there is anything you need, I can pick it up and drop it off, no problem. They just cancelled regents exams and extended the school at least till April 29th. The gov can only close the schools 15 days at a time, so it’s a waiting game. Speaking of politics and the pandemic (Title of the novel I’m thinking of), the wife and I just finished watching the 1971 classic “Andromeda Strain”. I never read the book, but I love the film. My wife said it would have been better if it wasn’t a mirror of the world around us…lol 50 years later, it holds up and is just plain scary in light of what’s going on with politics and the world now. Anyway, I was just checking in and was thinking of stopping by to leave you my number. Let me know if that would be OK. I’d hate to cut into your reading time. Stay well and let me know if you need anything, like a Buffy graphic novel…

    Sincerely,
    Glenn

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    1. george

      Glenn, I read the ANDROMEDA STRAIN before it was a movie! Like you, I loved it. And, yes, it does hold up because the author did his homework and that knowledge of pandemics still work today.

      Sure, if you want to stop by that would be great! Let’s set up a time so I can put a Coronavirus CARE package on the porch for you!

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      1. Glenn Morton III

        Hi George, I’m going out at about 2:30. I have some mowing to do before it rains, but I’ll check back here to see what time works for you. I’ll bring over something you’ll enjoy too. See you soon.

        Glenn

  20. Glenn Morton III

    Hey George,
    Good actually seeing you thought the front door yesterday. I ran home, but missed the live stuff on Jim Butcher’s site, but found this interview with him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V9am4XyYz4 I’m in the middle of watching it, but love watching his interviews. Again, I feel a kinship to him since I am unable to get anything video chatting-wise working on my computer. Love all the “device not detected” warnings. if school wants to buy me a new computer for home use… Not happening. OK, hope to hear from you soon.

    Glenn

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    1. george

      Glenn, it was great to see you yesterday. Thanks for DYLAN DOO! I’ll be reading it soon. Look for a review on this blog in the next week or so. And thanks for the Jim Butcher link! I do have that DELL All-in-One computer that you and your wife might be interested in. I’d be happy to gift it to you! Stay safe!

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