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Pavilion Digest: January 2009

Posted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 1:33 am
by admin
The following posts contain Art Deco Dining Pavilion messages for the month of January 2009.

Ahem. That's SIR Terry Pratchett, if you please.

Posted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 1:33 am
by Doug Odell
Name: Doug Odell
Source: unca20090104.htm
For both of you that frequent this place who had missed this news, I bring it to your attention.

Posted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:32 am
by Chuck Messer
Name: Chuck Messer
Source: unca20090104.htm

I said, we'd *try* to behave. You know us.

A friend and I welcomed 2009 in downtown Denver, first attending the Bovine Metropolis Theater, an improv group similar in concept to Groundlings in LA. Very funny group of people. I will pass on an unusual pairing of words that propelled one of the improvs: Quantum Zombie. Make of that what you will, all creative types.

Afterward, we watched, oohed and aahed as the fireworks were set off directly overhead on the 16th street mall. A good time was had by all.

Goodbye 2008 and good riddance! Don't let the screen door hit ya where nature split ya!

Here's to a better 2009!


Sir Terry

Posted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 7:19 am
by Pogue
Name: Pogue
Source: unca20090104.htm
I was delighted to see that Pratchett was knighted. The Lovely Wife and I spent a pleasant New Year's Eve re-watching the adaptation of his delightful HOGFATHER.

The times, they are a'changin'.

Posted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 7:53 am
by Moderator
Name: Steve Barber
Source: unca20090104.htm
(Or maybe it's just me.)

I'm feeling old this morning. Only a slight hangover. From drinking too much wine. Red and sparkling. Dinner last night consisted of bleu cheese biscuits, baked sour cream and onion melba rounds, and hummus on taandori bread.

We stayed at home and had some friends over.

Played dominoes all night.

Ten minutes to midnight we watched Dick Clark deal with a should-be-shot-at-dawn Ryan Seacrest, a horrible Jonas Brothers performance, and something named 'Kelly Pickler'. Drank two glasses of decent sparkling wine. Kissed the missus. (Several times.)

Went back to dominoes.

To bed at 2:40, auto-clocked awake at 5, struggled to sleep until 8.

I'm feeling old.

Next year, TIMES SQUARE. For real!!! Who's with us????

A Memorable Dinner Redux

Posted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 8:16 am
by The Dreaded Slaymaker
Name: Slaymaker
Source: unca20090104.htm
Last night my hubby Sputnik (it's a nickname) and I went to Trattoria la Festa in Stowe for dinner and had one of the best meals we've ever had. On a prix-fixe menu we had a fabulous antipasti, and a good Caesar's. Sputnik had a Black Angus sirloin stuffed with mozzerella and salami and dressed with a mushroom sauce. I had filet mignon of pork stuffed with spinach and gorgonzola and dressed with an herbal cream sauce that was excellent. Dessert was a dolce yule log. Alec Baldwin waited on us (actually he's a friend named James, but he looks so much like Alec that he gets stopped constantly). The ambience was perfect, the wine delicious, and we were home when the ball dropped. It was great.

If ever you come to Stowe you must do two things: stop in at Stowe Video and say hi (and rent a movie!), and eat at Trattoria. It's worth it.

Death to Netflix! Death to Blockbuster! Happy New Year!

Posted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 9:54 am
by Moderator
Name: Steve Barber
Source: unca20090104.htm

Forgive the second post, but with all the Youtube fooferahh of a couple days ago, I thought the New Year merited a note that Harlan's PAY THE WRITER clip has hit the 208,037 views mark.


Posted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 10:14 am
by Ben
Name: Ben Winfield
Source: unca20090104.htm
This might be jumping ahead a little bit, but I can't wait until 2010 arrives. My mouth is so tired of saying "two-thousand-one, two-thousand-four, two-thousand-seven". Twenty-ten, twenty-fourteen, and twenty-seventeen just roll off the tongue much more easily.

In the meantime, Happy 2009!

Goodbye, Mr. Westlake

Posted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 12:50 pm
by Mark Palko
Name: Mark Palko
Source: unca20090104.htm
If you haven't heard, Donald Westlake passed away last night.

I'll probably get in trouble for saying this here but for years I've said that my two favorite writers were Westlake and Lawrence Block. Both men did everything a genre writer is supposed to do and they did them brilliantly, but they also did all of the things that genre writers are supposed to be incapable of.

Westlake in particular had extraordinary range and impact, from his comic novels to his tough Stark books to screenplays like the Stepfather and the Grifters. He even made occasionally forays into fantasy and science fiction with novels like Humans and short stories like the infamous Nackles.

Like Eisner, Westlake liked to put real and very ordinary people in situations normally reserved for heroes, villains and other stock characters. Maybe that was why characters like Abe Levine got under your skin.

Westlake's gone?

Posted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 1:25 pm
by BrianSiano
Name: Brian Siano
Source: unca20090104.htm
I read that and actually yelped in shock. I love Westlake, Stark, and all the other names. And this year, he helped me alleviate a friend's severe depression via copious loanings of the Dortmunder books.

I'm tearing up. I'm going to miss waiting for the next one.

NYT obit

Posted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:15 pm
by Mark Palko
Name: Mark Palko
Source: unca20090104.htm
Donald E. Westlake, Mystery Writer, Is Dead at 75

Donald E. Westlake, a prolific, award-winning mystery novelist who pounded out more than 100 books and five screenplays on manual typewriters during his half-century career, died Wednesday night. He was 75.

Mr. Westlake collapsed, apparently from a heart attack, as he headed out to New Years Eve dinner while on vacation in San Tancho, Mexico, said his wife, Abigail Westlake.

Mr. Westlake, considered one of the most successful and versatile mystery writers in the United States, has earned three Edgar Awards, an Academy Award nomination for screenplay writing, and the elite title of Grand Master from the Mystery Writers of America in 1993.

Since his first novel, The Mercenaries, was published by Random House in 1960, Mr. Westlake has written under his own name and several pseudonyms, including Richard Stark, Tucker Coe, Samuel Holt and Edwin West. Despite the diversity of names, one shared feature was that almost all his books were set in New York City, where he was born.

He used many names in part to combat skepticism over his rapid rate of writing books, which at some points reached four a year.

In the beginning, people didnt want to publish more than one book a year by the same author, said Susan Richman, his publicist at Grand Central Publishing, his current publisher. In the later half of his career, Mr. Westlake had narrowed himself to his own name and Richard Stark, author of a dark series about a one-name criminal named Parker.

The full panoply of all his books was a spectacle to behold, his friends said. We were in his library, this beautiful library surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of titles, and I realize that every single book was written by Donald Westlake, English language and foreign language editions, said Laurence Kirschbaum, his agent.

Mr. Westlakes cinematic style of storytelling, along with his carefully crafted plots and crisp dialogue, translated well to the screen. More than 15 of his books were made into movies, some multiple times. In addition, he himself wrote a number of screenplays, including The Grifters, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 1991.

Donald Edwin Westlake was born to Lillian and Albert Westlake on July 12, 1933, in Brooklyn, but raised in Yonkers and Albany. He attended a number of colleges in New York State, but did not graduate from any of them. He married his current wife, Abigail, in 1979, and the couple made their home in Gallatin, N.Y. He was previously married to Nedra Henderson and Sandra Kalb. He is survived by his wife; his four sons by his previous marriage, Sean Westlake, Steven Westlake, Paul Westlake, Tod Westlake; two step-daughters, Adrienne Adams and Katherine Adams; a step-son, Patrick Adams; his sister, Virginia; and four grandchildren.

He was writing all the way till he passed away. His next novel, Get Real, is scheduled to be released in April 2009.

tony rabig

Posted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 4:13 pm
by Alan
Name: alan
Source: unca20090104.htm
thanks,mine is still sealed and circulation not new years wishes.


Posted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 4:36 pm
by Harlan Ellison
Source: unca20090104.htm
Steve: Good to hear a squeak from you, old chum.

Yr. Pal, Harlan


Posted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 4:54 pm
by Harlan Ellison
Source: unca20090104.htm
I had not heard. Read Palko's post.

Oh god, no.

The best writer in America has gone.

I will not be able to deal with this; not for a very long time.


R.I.P. Dammit

Posted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 4:55 pm
by Adam-Troy
Name: Adam-Troy Castro
Source: unca20090104.htm
John Dortmunder, Andy Kelp, Tiny, May, Murch, and Murch's Mom. I hope that when you get to Heaven you find that perfect score and get to keep the money this time.