Happy Labor Day

I don’t know that I’ve wished you well on a holiday in a while, but if you have a three-day weekend, or at least today off, enjoy. I have three days, and it’s a welcome break from the grind. Monday I’m hoping to finally catch a matinee of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Surely I’ll have three hours to spare on my third day off in a row. Plus, I already expect that the air conditioning will be a bonus.

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Column: When comics were the point of Comic-Con

I used to be a regular at San Diego Comic-Con, but I quit when the event started getting overwhelming and the attention shifted from comics. This wasn’t a topic I had ever thought of addressing until being in San Diego last month, seeing the 50th anniversary banners on lampposts and thinking, Huh, maybe the milestone would be a good excuse to look back. And thus I bring you: Wednesday’s column.

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A nice group of Friends

I spoke Saturday afternoon to the Friends of the Claremont Library, reading a few columns, sharing my love of libraries and selling and signing books. Chris Frausto took a couple of photos and emailed ’em to me.

Above, everyone’s writing: Two women are writing me checks and I’m jotting down their purchases for my own records.

Incidentally, I’m wearing a shirt from the 2010 Big Read in Pomona that saw Ray Bradbury make one of his final public appearances. Since he was a big library supporter, it seemed like a good shirt to wear given my audience.

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Column: In St. Louis, Ted Drewes draws crowds for frozen custard (but what is it?)

I write about the highlights of my St. Louis vacation, including my annual stop at the legendary Ted Drewes for frozen custard. Have you had frozen custard, or Ted Drewes’ version? Also: an update about Alejandro Aranda, cultural notes (including a reminder about my Saturday talk) and a belated item about Doris Day. All the above is in Friday’s column, my first since vacation.

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