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A couple of months ago, I made a boo-boo.

Alert readers will note that way back on February 2nd, I made my usual quarterly list of warnings for the weak of stomach upcoming diaries.  The entry for tonight was something called “Financial Advice from Billy-Bing!” and would have covered the delights of the old numbers game as personified in the eponymous Mr. Bing, a cartoony little Irish gangster seemingly inspired by either the Notre Dame Fightin Leprechaun, the amiable little drunk who is the public face of the Boston Celtics, or possibly both.  I was planning an in-depth expose of this proto-lottery system of getting poor on a weekly basis, complete with trenchant insights into how the government takeover of what had begun as a way to earn a quick buck during the Depression had become a major source of revenue.

It was going to be epic...and then I ended up using the saga of Billy Bing in a different diary.  

Oops, as they say.

So, since I a) have a free evening, b) have to prepare for my upcoming trip to the Kalamazoo International Medieval Studies Congress next week, and c) haven't yet completed my magnum opus Captain America, Socialist Scum! will be wasting my time at Iron Man 3 going to the movies this weekend, I am making up for my mistake by posting my next quarter's list of diaries below.  Most are about books, but alert readers waves at Quarkstomper will note that one in late August will be a take down of an influential artist whose unique take on human anatomy has become a legend and sparked, I kid you not, a minor but real Internet meme.

I figured this was the very least I could do in compensation for screwing up my own schedule, and if a couple of these diaries end up being somewhat different when they actually appear in due time, well, y'know, life happens.

So here, without further ado, is the list of upcoming diaries for the summer of 2013.  Please note that  management is not responsible for convulsions, Black Death, yaws, boils, infections, uncontrollable fits of laughing, damaged upholstery, loss of property, frogs, plagues, darkness at noon, etc., etc., etc.  Also, if you or any of the IM Force are caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your activities.

Take it, Wally Ballou!

June 1    The Yaqui Book of Party Tricks

June 8    I (Heart) the New Yorker

June 15    The Fastest Typewriter in the West

June 22    Forecast Cloudy, With Chance of Stock Market Crash

June 29    Back to the Kitchen, Modern Jezebel!

July 6        Draped in the Blood-Stained Flag

July 13    A Baker's Dozen of Delights

July 20    The Legacy of Sax Rohmer

July 27    Exorcise at Home!

August 3    Defenders of the Klan

August 10    The Wonders of Pittsburgh

August 17    Perfection Salad and Other Yummy-Tummy Treats

August 24    How Not To Draw Comics the R__ L__ Way

August 31    Lost Empires and Noble Savages

Mark your calendars, boys and girls, and fasten your seatbelts.  It's going to be a bumpy ride!


So, my friends - here's your chance to tell me what you, yes, you would like to see this fall!  Is there a particularly lousy, silly, or just plain peculiar book that has simultaneously fascinated and disgusted you?  A genre you'd like to see eviscerated discussed?  Something I've missed?  Come share, and who knows what goodies you'll see this fall!


Readers & Book Lovers Series Schedule

DAY TIME (EST/EDT) Series Name Editor(s)
SUN 6:00 PM Young Reader's Pavilion The Book Bear
Sun 9:30 PM SciFi/Fantasy Book Club quarkstomper
Bi-Monthly Sun Midnight Reading Ramblings don mikulecky
MON 11:30 AM Political Book Club Susan from 29
Mon 8:00 PM Monday Murder Mystery Susan from 29, michelewln
Mon 11:00 PM My Favorite Books/Authors edrie, MichiganChet
TUES 5:00 PM Indigo Kalliope: Poems from the Left bigjacbigjacbigjac
alternate Tuesdays 8:00 AM LGBT Literature Texdude50, Dave in Northridge
alternate Tuesdays 8:00 AM All Things Bookstore Dave in Northridge
Tue 8:00 PM Contemporary Fiction Views bookgirl
WED 7:30 AM WAYR? plf515
Wed 2:00 PM e-books Susan from 29
Wed 8:00 PM Bookflurries Bookchat cfk
THU 8:00 PM Write On! SensibleShoes
Thu (first each month) 11:00 AM Monthly Bookpost AdmiralNaismith
Thu (third each month - on hiatus) 11:00 PM Audiobooks Club SoCaliana
FRI 8:00 AM Books That Changed My Life Diana in NoVa
Fri 6:00 PM Books Go Boom! Brecht
SAT (fourth each month) 11:00 AM Windy City Bookworm Chitown Kev
Sat 9:00 PM Books So Bad They're Good Ellid
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