Month: April 2010

Listening Booth – Testament, “Trial By Fire”

Listening Booth – Testament, “Trial By Fire”

Listening Booth
Today sure feels like a thrash metal kind of day, so here's a nice one from the '80s heyday of the genre.  It's Testament with "Trial By Fire", from their 1988 release The New Order.  Now I always considered Testament a notch below the premiere thrash bands of the day (Anthrax, Metallica, Megadeth, etc.) but I've always liked this song. Trial By Fire - Testament
Book report: The French Connection

Book report: The French Connection

Books
The nice thing about reading a book prior to seeing a subsequent cinematic adaption is that you can go in fresh, with no notions or expectations.  So when I picked up a copy of Robin Moore's The French Connection, published in 1969 and later adapted into a hit movie starring Gene Hackman, I only had a vague idea of what to expect.  Actually, that's not entirely true.  I had a vague idea that it would be an action-packed story with lots of chases and maybe shootouts.  Also, I was pretty sure it took place in France. Turns out I was wrong on a few counts. For one - and I trust I'm not spoiling this for anyone - the book actually takes place in New York City.  It details the investigation of and subsequent arrests of a group of shady characters involved in the heroin trade.  The thing i