Scott Eyman

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Papa's Journey
``The pure products of America go crazy.'' - William Carlos Williams It was a good day to die. He rose at dawn, as was his custom.

6:31 PM Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015

``The pure products of America go crazy.'' - William Carlos Williams It was a good day to die. He rose at dawn, as was his custom.
West Palm bail bondsman has seen it all: ‘Every day is an adventure’
 Big Mike is used to double takes and strange looks. For one thing, he’s huge. For another, the sad truth is that nobody starts out to be a bail bondsman. “Kids don’t come to their parents and say, ‘I want to deal with miscreants and wear a bulletproof vest,’ ” he sighs. True to form, Big Mike’s intentions...

8:49 PM Saturday, Dec. 07, 2013

Big Mike is used to double takes and strange looks. For one thing, he’s huge. For another, the sad truth is that nobody starts out to be a bail bondsman. “Kids don’t come to their parents and say, ‘I want to deal with miscreants and wear a bulletproof vest,’ ” he sighs. True to form, Big Mike’s intentions...
Family needs home improvements for impaired son
 The comfortable little house by I-95 in Lake Worth is the only house Alan Taylor has ever known. The Taylor family has lived in the house for 57 years, six years longer than Alan has been alive. Alan has cerebral palsy, as well as some intellectual impairment. Cerebral palsy makes the body rigid over time, and Alan’s maneuverability...

5:00 AM Sunday, Dec. 01, 2013

The comfortable little house by I-95 in Lake Worth is the only house Alan Taylor has ever known. The Taylor family has lived in the house for 57 years, six years longer than Alan has been alive. Alan has cerebral palsy, as well as some intellectual impairment. Cerebral palsy makes the body rigid over time, and Alan’s maneuverability...
New photos, video on display at Norton
 In the last two years, Tim Wride, the Norton’s Curator of Photography, has added more than 500 photographs to the permanent collection, which now totals upwards of 3,800 works. The museum is showcasing 53 of those recent additions in an exhibit entitled “New Work/New Directions: Recent Acquisitions of Photography,” on view...

11:31 PM Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013

In the last two years, Tim Wride, the Norton’s Curator of Photography, has added more than 500 photographs to the permanent collection, which now totals upwards of 3,800 works. The museum is showcasing 53 of those recent additions in an exhibit entitled “New Work/New Directions: Recent Acquisitions of Photography,” on view...
'Tis the coffee-table book season
 American publishers continue to throw down the gauntlet by producing extraordinarily beautiful coffee-table books, just in time for the holidays. Herewith, a selection of the year’s most stunning coffee table books. The most lavish book of the year is “Birds of America” (Norton), a facsimile reproduction of Audubon&rsquo...

12:04 AM Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013

American publishers continue to throw down the gauntlet by producing extraordinarily beautiful coffee-table books, just in time for the holidays. Herewith, a selection of the year’s most stunning coffee table books. The most lavish book of the year is “Birds of America” (Norton), a facsimile reproduction of Audubon&rsquo...
‘Furious Cool’ lays out the two professions of Richard Pryor — comedy and cocaine
 FURIOUS COOL: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him, by David Henry and Joe Henry. Algonquin; 320 pages; $25.95. Richard Pryor had two professional pursuits: comedy and cocaine. They were in neck and neck competition for awhile, but the crack won out. Pryor was less of a conventional show business drug user, more of a classic junkie....

5:01 AM Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013

FURIOUS COOL: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him, by David Henry and Joe Henry. Algonquin; 320 pages; $25.95. Richard Pryor had two professional pursuits: comedy and cocaine. They were in neck and neck competition for awhile, but the crack won out. Pryor was less of a conventional show business drug user, more of a classic junkie....
1700s painting enriches Norton’s collection
 Claude-Joseph Vernet’s “The Fishermen” was painted in 1746, and in one sense it’s typical of the landscape and marine painters of the 18th century; there are thousands of similar paintings scattered through the great museums of the world. Typically, they depict vast escarpments, or, alternately, stormy seas, illuminated...

5:01 AM Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013

Claude-Joseph Vernet’s “The Fishermen” was painted in 1746, and in one sense it’s typical of the landscape and marine painters of the 18th century; there are thousands of similar paintings scattered through the great museums of the world. Typically, they depict vast escarpments, or, alternately, stormy seas, illuminated...
‘Life’ comes together and works as a book

5:00 AM Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013

LEVELS OF LIFE, by Julian Barnes. Knopf; 128 pages; $22.95 Julian Barnes begins his new book with the literary equivalent of a three-corner bank shot. It seems too convoluted to work, but if you stick with it long enough, by God the balls begin to fall. We start with a long disquisition about early aviation pioneers, which segues to a somewhat...
Feeling gratitude for newspaper family, assignments
 This is my last week as the books editor of The Palm Beach Post. It has been a great run, and a long one — 24 years. Books haven’t been the only job I’ve done, but it’s by all odds the best. Professionally, I know that this is the right move at the right time. I’ve written 13 books, but I’d like to write...

10:15 PM Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013

This is my last week as the books editor of The Palm Beach Post. It has been a great run, and a long one — 24 years. Books haven’t been the only job I’ve done, but it’s by all odds the best. Professionally, I know that this is the right move at the right time. I’ve written 13 books, but I’d like to write...
JFK in Palm Beach: Where the ‘Kennedy identity’ grew
 Joseph P. Kennedy was not really like most men, except when it came to two specific enthusiasms. 1. His children, insofar as they were positive reflections of him. 2. Florida. In due time, he passed his passion for the latter on to his children, especially Jack. And so it was that a day or two after the 1960 presidential election, John Fitzgerald...

11:00 AM Friday, Nov. 15, 2013

Joseph P. Kennedy was not really like most men, except when it came to two specific enthusiasms. 1. His children, insofar as they were positive reflections of him. 2. Florida. In due time, he passed his passion for the latter on to his children, especially Jack. And so it was that a day or two after the 1960 presidential election, John Fitzgerald...
Tales plenty with ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ director

5:00 AM Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013

“Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen and Candy Stripe Nurses” (Abrams) must be the 15th book about Roger Corman, but darned if it doesn’t contribute a few new wrinkles to the legendary director/producer who was unquestionably the cheapest successful producer for the longest period of time. Corman is best known for movies like...