Fred, it would be great if you're reading this. In a nice coincidence, after leaving your place, we found a used bookstore in Canandaigua where I found a copy of Simak's A Choice of Gods and, of course, I bought that copy and read it over the next two days. Good stuff. Thanks for the recommendation.
Brandon, I'm way behind on posting here due to having just had a lovely long vacation, but I'm at the library now and intend to write up more than a few posts today. I watched The Killing of a Chinese Bookie two days before your "stick 'em ups" post. You need to see it. It is now my #1 favorite non-2009 film that I've seen in 2009. I've started writing a longer essay about it which I hope to post here soon. I need to catch up on writing about other movies that I've seen, too. I wish that I had electricity at night just so that I could write, but, alas, I've got to do all of my writing/typing at the library. I've got notes, but it could take a while before I get around to writing something longer.
Also, I dug out my 5th edition copy of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and I'm now planning on watching all 1001 because, really, why not?