Saturday, December 15, 2012

A personal plea from Batman

Hi kids, this is Batman, the old Caped Crusader.  Y'know, the '60s was a glorious era.  I could still fit into my suit, Robin and I could hang out together without those rumors spreading, and even though the Batmobile got two miles a gallon, gas was still cheap enough that I could still afford Alfred.

I'm here today to tell you fans of a great new book about the '60s I just discovered -- THE ME GENERATION... BY ME (GROWING UP IN THE '60s) by Ken Levine.   The paperback is only $12.10.(what a great bat-deal!) and would make the perfect gift for anyone, who like me, wishes he had grown up in sunny California rather than Gotham.

Order yours today and it'll be there in time for Christmas.  Trust me, he or she will go bat-shit for it. 

Batman out. 

17 comments:

Youthful Ward said...

Holy crap!

Pamela Jaye said...

bought it last Sunday, as I and my tablet were going to a Land Off The Grid where all I would have was that book about Kate Gosselin I managed to buy before amazon pulled it. And reading that thing can put you in a really bad mood.
Of course, other things can too - but I was blissfully in the 60s Friday till I crashed back into 2012 around 7pm. I'd just made it to Batman, actually. I remember watching it when I was a kid younger than you were. (apparently I was 6. wasn't it on twice a week?)

Great book. Sometimes on kindle for android the pages vanish, but if you go back later, they come back and you can find out what happened between Nutrition (huh?) and Gym.

David Whitham said...

HOLY SHAMELESS PLUGS, BATMAN!

Ken Levine said...

Hey, I'm trying to sell some books here. It's the holidays.

Pamela Jaye,

Thanks so much. I guess my life was not suitable for a Droid. :)

Ken

Pamela Jaye said...

I should probably have mentioned that I recently started re-reading Rock, Roll & Remember by Dick Clark, so the mentions of dance shows (and possibly Marvin Faye's shyness) are ringing bells. Apparently Bill Drake hit Boston, too, as I started to wonder why all radio stations sounded alike in the 60s, after listening to AT40 (the 70s) on CKWW. If you catch their call letter jingle, you, too, can have the flashbacks I've been having. (and their Motown angle just reinforces it for me -- one of the first 45s I wanted but did not get was on Motown. Years later I realized I memorized the label design cause I was 3 months shy of 1st grade and couldn't read yet.)
Shindig, Shivaree, sound familiar. Did you mention Hullabaloo, Where The Action Is? (yes, I'm getting things mixed - the only thing I'm sure I did not see is Lloyd Thaxton. And American Bandstand. I don't think I ever saw that in Boston. I think we had some kids game show with Soupy Sales, though). Oh, and I did see the Beatles on Ed Sullivan. I got to stay up. I was 4.

For those of us who did not grew up in SoCal -- my first visit, reading street signs felt like I was in a Beach Boys song.

Phil In Phoenix said...

Next Week: Phil Harris performs "Buy Buy Buy That 60's Book". :)

Brian said...

Ken, the links point to the Bewitched post. I'll wait till next week for the next plug.
:)

Johnny Walker said...

I guess those residual checks must be really drying up for ol' 60's Batman!

riss said...

The main problem with the book is you read a few sentences then after you're sufficiently hooked, you have to follow a link to a website to read the rest of the paragraph.

wait, no, sorry, that's the rss feed not the book

Cap'n Bob said...

In the fifties, a misguided shrink named Frederic Wertham wrote a book called Seduction of the Innocent, blaming comic books for juvenile delinquency, among other childhood woes. He described the Batman/Robin relationship as, "A wish dream of two homosexuals living together."

D. McEwan said...

"Cap'n Bob said...

He described the Batman/Robin relationship as, 'A wish dream of two homosexuals living together.'"


He said that like that's a bad thing. And frankly, having been a homosexual far longer than Wertham, I have to say that my wish dreams do not include dressing up as a rodent and taking on psychotic madmen like The Joker,let alone unarmed.

Anonymous said...

Ken, Will the book ever be on Itunes or Iread or whatever the hell Apple calls the place to download books?
I'm an Ipad guy and am holding out.

RBG

Paul Duca said...

Cap'n Bob...may I suggest you read THE 10-CENT PLAGUE by David Hadju? That tells the whole story of the comic book "witchhunt" of the '50s.

Ken Levine said...

You can download the audio version on itunes. Thanks.

Pamela Jaye said...

I dropped back into amazon the other day, for some reason, and found that the Audible version was 1.99 for those who'd bought the kindle version, so I thought, hey, I can afford that! I just want to say how glad I am that you can read your own stuff. I once tried the audio book of Couplehood and found that Paul Reiser sounded more like Paul Reiser in my head when I read the book than he did on tape, reading it himself. He sounded like he was reading. In my head he sounded more like himself, doing stand up. Luckily, I got that from the library. (I do have the hardcover book though. Full price. Not my usual speed with books, but I was a big fan of Mad About You)
(so far, though, I've been reading your book over the phone to my brother and my best friend)

Roger Owen Green said...

Just got the book for Christmas! It was on my Amazon list.

Hank Gillette said...

I can't be sure, but from the pictures I've seen of Adam West, he looks as though he could still fit into the Batman costume.