A Boomer and His Books

Kevin Mims
The pop culture that Baby Boomers like myself were raised on.
Created 26 Nov 2020
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  • UNYELLOWED BY TIME
    14 Sep 2021 • 30 min read
    When I first started visiting rare book shows, back in the 1980s, I was told by many a dealer not to bother collecting the editions put out by The Franklin Library, a division of The Franklin Mint. Fo...
  • WOMEN'S WORK
    06 Sep 2021 • 8 min read
    The story of the workers-rights movement in America is, for the most part, a sad one. It has inspired a lot of downbeat – and famous – novels, such as The Octopus, Frank Norris’s epic of California wh...
  • RACISM ISN’T JUST A CAUCASIAN THING
    13 Aug 2021 • 7 min read
    This week a writer and teacher named Kate Clanchy found herself in hot water when some of the writing in her 2019 memoir, Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me, came to the attention of the leftw...
  • NOT FAMOUS ENOUGH: HOW POLITICAL CORRECTNESS SUNK ONE OF THE BEST Y-A NOVELS IN THE AMERICAN LITERARY CANON
    19 Jul 2021 • 10 min read
    (This essay was written in 2018) This year marks the 35th anniversary of the publication of Famous All Over Town, one of the best coming-of-age stories in the American literary canon, but don’t expect...
  • POP FICTION'S MOST DISREPUTABLE GENRE
    12 Jul 2021 • 37 min read
    Last month Quillette published an essay I wrote about movie novelizations and TV tie-in books. The essay’s publication coincided with the release of Quentin Tarantino’s book Once Upon a Time in Hollyw...
  • THE LAST GREAT CRIME NOVEL OF 1975
    07 Jul 2021 • 14 min read
    I recently read Quentin Tarantino’s book Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, a novelization of his 2019 film Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood (the ellipses are missing from the title of the book). I can’t tel...
  • ABOUT A BROI
    01 Jul 2021 • 20 min read
    (This essay was originally published on the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine editor’s blog in 2019). Most popular-fiction enthusiasts would probably agree that it was Thomas Harris who triggered the ongo...
  • A MOVING LOVE STORY FROM AN UNLIKELY SOURCE
    14 Jun 2021 • 13 min read
    Back in the 1960s and 1970s a handful of male authors struck gold with relatively short, quirky first-person love stories. The most famous of these, of course, was Erich Segal’s 1970 mega-bestseller L...
  • READING AS A CHARITABLE ACTIVITY
    14 Jun 2021 • 4 min read
    I have friends who are involved in all kinds of noble activities, from helping the homeless to saving the environment. Through the years they have invited me to various marches, meetings and mass asse...
  • BOOKSTORE MEDITATIONS
    14 Jun 2021 • 4 min read
    I’ve spent enough time in bookstores – as both an employee and a customer – to know that, in many ways, they are small representations of the world at large. They have sections on birth (where you’ll ...
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