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by neophyte
Sat May 10, 2008 9:38 am
Forum: Announcements and Calendars
Topic: ONBC announces its next selection
Replies: 31
Views: 8186

Great choice! I read this some years ago, along with a bunch of other books of Perez-Reverte. I really enjoy him. If anyone's into seagoing fare, I'd recommend The Nautical Chart.
by neophyte
Sat Mar 08, 2008 1:50 pm
Forum: Public Enemies
Topic: PE Question #24 ~ The Author's Goal
Replies: 29
Views: 6778

I think Burrough did what he set out to do; the FBI is definitely the protagonist in this tale - but I certainly don't mean that they are the heroes, their Macchiavellian behavior disallows that as far as I'm concerned. Burrough does a fine job of navigating us through the Bureau's evolution (its ch...
by neophyte
Sat Mar 08, 2008 1:44 pm
Forum: Public Enemies
Topic: Public Enemies Question #22 ~ Public Enemies The Movie
Replies: 20
Views: 4931

I'm not looking to see whether particular incidents are in the flick, but I am really curious as to the adaptation. What's in, who's out - most importantly, do they keep the feel of the book? And will they let us see the seamy side of the Bureau, the abuses they stooped to in order to "get thei...
by neophyte
Sat Mar 08, 2008 1:39 pm
Forum: Public Enemies
Topic: Public Enemies Question #23 ~ The Molls
Replies: 33
Views: 16235

Well, you all have already touched so well on points I would've made, so I only have this to add. One sentence from PE (when Nelson, Chase, Negri et al were on the run in the west) jumped out out me, and I can't shake it: "Helen handled the cooking and cleaning, consulting handmade recipe cards...
by neophyte
Mon Mar 03, 2008 4:37 pm
Forum: Public Enemies
Topic: Public Enemies Question #21 ~ Myth vs. Reality
Replies: 30
Views: 6326

I'm having a thought here about literacy. Isn't it kind of surprising how many of these supposedly low class farm boys could read and write? When you think about how spread out everyone was in the Midwest, living on farms that were increasingly impoverished, and how bascially all that was expected ...
by neophyte
Mon Mar 03, 2008 12:17 am
Forum: Public Enemies
Topic: Public Enemies Question #21 ~ Myth vs. Reality
Replies: 30
Views: 6326

Re: Plastic surgery - I think the practice started coming into its own during World War I, due to all the nasty head and facial wounds that soldiers survived. And notice the types of doctors who practiced it on the Dillingers of the time...dregs and drunks of the medical world, but they certainly go...
by neophyte
Sun Mar 02, 2008 10:41 pm
Forum: Public Enemies
Topic: Public Enemies Question #21 ~ Myth vs. Reality
Replies: 30
Views: 6326

Burrough as Mythbuster! For me it was the Bureau. I did not realize the FBI was still in such a formative stage by '33/34, and I was even more surprised they generally lacked fire-power and the know-how to use it. The fact that they were traipsing around parts of the country where the gun culture wa...
by neophyte
Sat Mar 01, 2008 10:03 am
Forum: Public Enemies
Topic: Public Enemies Question #19 ~ A Little Humor
Replies: 21
Views: 5169

I thought Dillinger and Van Meter's movie idea was a hoot - the quote attributed to Van Meter, "you tell them that crime does not pay and I'll give my talk to the youth of America." There are more bits that made me chuckle, but it's too early in the morning for me to remember them right no...
by neophyte
Sat Mar 01, 2008 9:55 am
Forum: Public Enemies
Topic: Interesting info re: roads - for context
Replies: 12
Views: 3578

neophyte, thanks for sharing those! It is interesting that the area, at least in regards to roads, hasn't changed that much. Besides that pesky railway that got in their way I suspect there is farmland there as well? Yes - farms and woods. And also the Platte River winds its away through that area ...
by neophyte
Thu Feb 28, 2008 8:19 pm
Forum: Public Enemies
Topic: Interesting info re: roads - for context
Replies: 12
Views: 3578

I first learned to drive on some of those backroads, lol - sure didn't know B&C had used them, though! My grandpa took me out (shhh..I was below the legal driving age) - I guess he figured if you could drive on those, you could handle anything!
by neophyte
Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:00 pm
Forum: Public Enemies
Topic: Public Enemies Question #14 ~ At the Biograph
Replies: 15
Views: 2932

Liz wrote: but I feel we must have something. I tried to find it under “30-year rule” or “50-year rule”, but haven’t readily found anything. Maybe someone out there knows? The US's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), governs a lot of what can be wrestled from the Federal government's hands, document-...
by neophyte
Sat Feb 23, 2008 12:14 am
Forum: Public Enemies
Topic: Interesting info re: roads - for context
Replies: 12
Views: 3578

Interesting info re: roads - for context

This really put the days of PE into context for me - maybe it will for you all too. I've just been given an Official Road Map of Missouri from 1928, which boasts of "7640 miles of state roads." The map is marked as to road type: paved (concrete), gravel, or earth (dirt). It doesn't include...
by neophyte
Tue Feb 12, 2008 10:20 pm
Forum: Public Enemies
Topic: Public Enemies Question #1 ~ Johnny as Dillinger
Replies: 58
Views: 11160

Platte City Sal here. I used to traverse the same roads Bonnie & Clyde drove, and never realized it until now.

Not really an answer to the questions, but I think Depp 'll do justice to the role - he won't give us a stereotypical Dillinger, I'm sure of that.
by neophyte
Tue Feb 12, 2008 10:05 pm
Forum: Public Enemies
Topic: PE Question #2 ~ Writing Style
Replies: 48
Views: 8710

I only recently got the book and am only in about 1/3 of the way in (though I confess to using the index to find sections of personal interest and have read those, lol!), so with that said, here's what I think so far. I primarily read non-fiction - Burrough's style is neither the best nor worst I've...
by neophyte
Sat Feb 09, 2008 5:32 pm
Forum: Public Enemies
Topic: PE Tidbit #27 ~ The Biograph Theater
Replies: 11
Views: 3532

Biograph

Well now, I can't be the only Zoner who hung out at the Biograph for the Rocky Horror Picture Show midnight shows... We used to joke around about Dillinger's ghost - I wonder what he thought of the (distinctly bizarre) RHPS crowds! They did have the seat DIllinger supposedly sat in that night painte...

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