Saturday, November 18, 2017

Last Flag Flying




Book menu for Last Flag Flying
by Darryl Ponicsan

Last Flag Flying is the sequel to The Last Detail. Both were adapted into feature films. 

ISBN of edition I read: 9781510727748 (hardcover)


Food mentioned in Last Flag Flying:
Jagermeister, 6
Beer, 7-8, 11-12, 15, 30, 137, 143-144, 154
     Budweiser, 94-95
Burgers, 14, 130, 213
     Cheeseburger, 97, 113, 172
Pizza, 15, 53, 94, 169, 202
Chorizo con huevos, 16
Ham in Coca-Cola sauce, 24, 52, 78
Yams, 24
Lima beans, 24
Swiss steak, 25
Coffee, 27-28, 31, 56, 61, 86-87, 113, 125, 143-144
Pie, 27
Peach cobbler, 28, 31, 33
Wild Turkey, 30, 154
Soda, 53
French toast, 55
Fried potatoes, 55
Eggs, 55
Doughnuts, 61
Coke, 67, 109, 133-134
Pancakes, 106
Chicken & rice soup, 113
Tuna salad sandwiches, 113, 158
French fries, 113, 130, 172
Chocolate malt, 113
Philly cheese steak sandwiches, 127
Onion rings, 130
Sausages, 137
Ginger ale, 154
Salad, 172
Liver & onions, 172, 175
Herbal tea, 172
Rolls, 211
Fruit, 211
Cheeses, 211

Books/Authors mentioned in Last Flag Flying:
John le Carre, 116
Michael Moore, 116
Jarhead / Anthony Swofford, 116

Music mentioned in Last Flag Flying:
"Join the Navy" / The Village People, 4
Nina Simone, 72

Television programs mentioned in Last Flag Flying:
Cops

Magazines mentioned in Last Flag Flying:
Mother Jones

Libraries mentioned in Last Flag Flying:
p.117: "The Philadelphia-bound train pulls away. They are less than an hour from Newark, where Mule hopes to call his wife and find out if anyone has called the library, which is where Mule finds his reading material. He is too poor to afford to buy books."

p.158: "In a few minutes, they see Mule making his way back to them.
          "'How's things on the home front?'" Billy asks him. He gets off his stool to give Mule another boost onto his.
          "'She's not aware of anything. I told her to call the librarian and see if anybody is snooping into my reading habits.'"
          "'It's embarrassing,'" says Billy. "'To know agents are checking up on you. How far can they go with that shit, and for what?'"


                                                            

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Last Detail




Book menu for The Last Detail by Darryl Ponicsan

(Page numbers refer to the original 1970 hardcover edition)

The Last Detail is the prequel to Last Flag Flying (now a movie)! The Last Detail also has a film adaptation starring Jack Nicholson.

Food mentioned in The Last Detail:
Coffee, 2, 14, 17, 20, 23, 55-56, 59, 101-102, 130-131, 141, 148, 153, 177
Ripple (wine), 2,6
Beer, 10, 38-40, 70, 72-73, 102, 129, 132-133, 149, 162
Kielbasa, 10
Pierogies, 10
Bleenies, 10
Cheeseburgers, 36-37, 129
French Fries, 36-37, 129
Chocolate shakes, 36-37, 147
Eggs, 59
Bacon, 59
Salami & Swiss sandwiches, 69
Corned beef, 70
Pastrami, 70
Knackwurst, 70
Stuffed cabbage, 70
Whiskey, 70
Italian sausage sandwiches, 76-77, 103
Peanuts, 77-78
Capuccino, 86, 90
Chenin Blanc, 92, 96, 98
Hot dogs, 102, 132, 134
Lobster, 104
Coke, 104
Pretzels, 132-133, 162
Champagne cocktails, 135
Boilermakers, 149, 162, 170
Jelly doughnuts, 153
Potato chips, 170
Vegetable soup, 171

Books/Authors mentioned in The Last Detail:
The Stranger / Albert Camus, 2, 5
Stephen Crane, 7
The Centaur / John Updike

Music mentioned in The Last Detail:
"Drunken Sailor", 51, 78, 85
Johnny Mathis , 88
Aretha Franklin, 92-93
Tony Bennett , 102, 105



                                                              

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wonderstruck



Book menu for Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick


ISBN of edition I read: 9780545027892 (hardcover)

Food mentioned in Wonderstruck :
Sandwiches, 404, 429, 521
     Tuna sandwiches, 382
Fruit cups, 392
Soda, 404
Apples, 429
Orange juice, 521
Pretzels, 521

Books/Authors mentioned in Wonderstruck:
A Lion Among Men / Gregory Maguire, epigraph

Music mentioned in Wonderstruck:
"Space Oddity" / David Bowie, 25, 68-69, 194-195



                                                              

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Call Me by Your Name


Book menu for Call Me by Your Name: a Novel by André Aciman

ISBN of edition I read: 9780374299217 (hardcover)


Food mentioned in Call Me by Your Name:
Rosatello wine, 5
Mineral water, 7, 169, 188
Chestnuts, 7
Eggnog, 7
Hot dogs, 10
Lemonade, 15, 26, 30-31, 69, 83, 215
Apples, 33
Soft-boiled eggs, 34, 97, 137
Orange juice 34
Grapefruit juice, 34
Apricot juice, 34, 42
Apricots, 35-37
Spaghetti, 37
Dark red wine, 37
Cognac, 7
Ice cream 47, 109, 112, 151, 197
Earl Grey tea, 58
Chocolate cake, 84
Yogurt, 88
Peaches, 88, 145-146, 216
Banana, 88
Smoothie, 89
Semifreddo, 94
Grappa, 101, 190, 192-193, 201, 237
Coffee, 145, 160 197-198
Beer, 169
Figs, 170-171
Petits Fours, 177, 183
Scotch, 183
Antipasti, 188
Tortellini in cream sauce, 189
Pot roast, 189
Peas, 189
Salad, 189
Cheeses, 189
Sambuca, 190, 192
Flan, 197
Martinis, 199-200, 202, 237
Lemon Soda, 205
Watermelon, 205
Chamomile tea, 221

Books/Authors mentioned in Call Me by Your Name:
Carlo Levi, 9
Dante, 41, 173-175, 181
   Inferno, 30-31
Homer, 41
Virgil, 41
Paul Celan, 70, 29, 48-49
Percy Shelley, 71, 104, 106, 110, 165
Mary Shelley, 7
Chekhov, 96
Gogol, 95
Katherine Mansfield, 95
Armance / Stendahl, 102, 105
Leopardi, 158, 160
Montaigne, 223
Emily Brontë
Edgar Allan Poe, 234
The Well-Beloved / Thomas Hardy

Music mentioned in Call Me by Your Name:
Haydn , 137-138, 157, 214, 216
   "The Seven Last Words of Christ", 9, 243
Liszt, 12-13
Busoni, 12-13
Bach, 12-13
Brahms, 55, 89, 202
Mozart, 55
Handel, 55, 239
Beatles, 239


Discussable passages from Call Me by Your Name
:
p. 115: "Do you really like to read that much?" [Marzia] asked as we ambled our way casually in the dark toward the piazzetta.
           I looked at her as if she had asked me if I loved music, or bread and salted butter, or ripe fruit in the summertime. "Don't get me wrong," she said. "I like to read too. But I don't tell anyone." At last, I thought, someone who speaks the truth. I asked her why she didn't tell anyone. "I don't know..." This was more her way of asking for time to think or to hedge before answering, "People who read are hiders. They hide who they are. People who hide don't always like who they are."

p.224: "Look," [Elio's father] interrupted. "You had a beautiful friendship. Maybe more than a friendship. And I envy you. In my place, most parents would hope the whole thing goes away, or pray that their sons land on their feet soon enough. But I am not such a parent. In your place, if there is pain, nurse it, and if there is a flame, don't snuff it out, don't be brutal with it. Withdrawal can be a terrible thing when it keeps us awake at night, and watching others forget us sooner than we'd want to be forgotten is no better. We rip out so much of ourselves to be cured of things faster than we should that we go bankrupt by the age of thirty and have less to offer each time we start with someone new. But to feel nothing so as not to feel anything--what a waste!"

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Monday, October 23, 2017

The Beguiled




Book menu for The Beguiled by Thomas Cullinan



ISBN of edition I read: 9780143132400 (movie tie-in paperback)

Food mentioned in The Beguiled:
Hard candy, 9-10, 12
Brandy, 11, 76-77, 81, 116
   Plum brandy, 25
Sherry, 25, 27
Toddies, 25
Wine, 26, 34, 81
    Madeira wine, 115-117
Pudding, 27
Bacon, 27, 56, 58, 209
Yams, 51
Beans, 51
Nuts, 51, 230, 328
   Walnuts, 52
   Hazelnuts, 52, 69
Blackberries, 52
Potato & leek soup, 57-58
Peas, 58
Salad, 58
Bread, 58
Biscuits, 78, 97, 157, 254, 361
Barley porridge, 97, 196, 200
Corn cakes, 97, 196, 280
   with blackberry jam, 279
Acorn coffee, 97-98, 173, 196, 254, 290
Champagne, 107
Ham, 361, 363, 364
   Ham & gravy, 108
Cake, 108, 361-363, 364
Pie, 108
Cherry tarts, 108
Sweet potato pie, 157, 361, 364
Black-eyed peas, 157
Irish potatoes, 157
Mint tea, 207
Turnip soup, 209-210
Berries, 230
Dried beef stew, 258
Turkey, 259

Books/authors mentioned in The Beguiled:
Edgar Allan Poe, 21, 91
John Donne, 26
John Locke, 36-37
The Iliad / Homer, 96
Montaigne, 109
Racine, 109
Voltaire, 109
Jean Jacques Rousseau, 109
John Keats, 114, 117
   "Ode on a Grecian Urn", 114
William Shakespeare, 114, 118, 149, 152, 160, 169, 303-304
    Macbeth, 170, 173, 303
Charles Darwin, 142
William Blake, 179, 181, 199
Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body, 215
Volpone / Ben Johnson, 303
Dr. Faustus / Christopher Marlowe, 303

Music/Songs mentioned in The Beguiled :
"Lorena", 126
"Blue Bonnie Flag", 127, 136
"Flow Gently Sweet Afton", 127
"Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes", 127
"Somebody's Darling", 134
"Just Before the Battle Mother", 134
"Yellow Rose of Texas", 135
"Goober Peas", 135
"Dixie", 135
"John Brown's Body", 136
"Home Sweet Home", 136

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Monday, October 9, 2017

What We Lose




Book menu for What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons

ISBN of edition I read: 9780735221710 (hardcover)

Food mentioned in What We Lose:
Sesame chicken, 1
Vegetable fried rice, 2, 84
Shrimp lo mein, 2
Pineapple Soda, 2
Coffee, 45, 108
Oatmeal, 46
Thai food, 52
Peppermint tea, 61
Roast chicken, 62
Tomato soup, 79
Pork roast, 84
Mashed potato, 84
Bean, 84
Tangerines, 119
Durian fruit, 119
Papaya, 119
Steak, 122
Beef tongue, 145
Fish biryani, 145
Trifle, 145
Asparagus, 166
Scrambled eggs, 166
Apples, 166
Oranges, 166
Red wine, 189
Dirty martinis, 189

Books/Authors mentioned in What We Lose:
The Cancer Journals / Audre Lorde, epigraph
Minty Alley / C.L.R. James, 43
Jean Paul Sartre, 45
Marcel Proust, 45

Music mentioned in What We Lose:
Velvet Underground, 45
Bobby "Blue" Bland, 45
Al Green, 94

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