Saturday, April 30, 2022
Friday, April 29, 2022
Saturday, April 23, 2022
Thursday, April 21, 2022
Many moons ago, Mike and I snuck into an abandoned house at night, with clarinet and trumpet and played "Mood Indigo." All those empty walls and halls echoed. (One of my old books has a story about it) Then by daylight the house turned back into hammers and saws.
Posted by allen frost at 11:26 AM
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
All the Good Deed Rain books have some magical beginning. THE ROBERT HUCK MUSEUM began with a mouse. I was at my desk at work and saw something move in the corner of my eye. I watched and waited and discovered there was a mouse in the office. Like any seasoned big game hunter, I chased it into my supervisor’s room and trapped it there under a cardboard box. My boss made me call Facilities Management, and the Pest Control Division sent over Sarah. Sarah took the mouse outside to parking lot 17G and freed it. Then maybe a year went by. Did the mouse return with a handful of magic beans? No, but Sarah reappeared. She was trying to interest the museum director in putting on a show of her mother’s husband’s artwork. She showed me some images on her phone. I was immediately intrigued by the story and talent of artist Robert Huck. She invited me to visit her house to see the collection of hundreds of Huck artworks from the 1940s—1961. I knew right away a book needed to tell the story of this amazing artist. A story orchestrated by a mouse!
Posted by allen frost at 10:12 AM
Monday, April 18, 2022
Friday, April 15, 2022
The new Good Deed Rain book will be published in early May. This is Robert Huck's museum, filled with wonders, watercolors, woodcuts, paintings, drawings and photographs. It tells the life story of a great American artist, all you need to do is walk through and you will see.
Posted by allen frost at 7:39 PM
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Friday, April 8, 2022
When our son was in elementary school, I made him watch TROG for his movie review. Could it be that this began his love of film? Joan Crawford, Trog, and I like to think so. Here's his review: "I typed about a movie that my family and I watched recently called 'Trog,' a movie from 1970 about an prehistoric man found in a cave who dances, plays with a doll, and wears a pink scarf. He also kills some people during the course of the film. We all agreed that it was a bad movie because of how slow and outlandish everything was, but it was still very fun to watch."
Posted by allen frost at 4:20 PM
Monday, April 4, 2022
Theodore Sturgeon (the basis for Vonnegut's Kilgore Trout) wrote a 1956 story called "And Now the News..." about a man who is utterly obsessed by the news. When his wife secretly disables the TV and the radio, his mind goes blank. He can't even read anymore! He leaps into his car and drives far into the mountains and becomes a recluse artist on the edge of a cliff. Until the infamous last sentence.
Posted by allen frost at 3:47 PM