Monthly Archives: October 2012


Let me begin by saying that I’m not particularly “into” fairy tales.  I read the children’s-book versions of a number of them to my children and granddaughter, and, of course, we watched the Disney movie versions of them as well.  … Continue reading

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Stranger Than Fiction – Spotlight on an Author

You are probably familiar with the 1967 movie The Graduate starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross, but have you read the 1963 novel of the same name by Charles Webb?  Probably not.  And, you’re probably not aware of … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

“Reading requires a loner’s temperament, a high tolerance for silence, and an unhealthy preference for the company of people who are imaginary or dead.”  –  David Samuels, author “To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from … Continue reading

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Did You Know . . . ?

The headline in the New York Times read: “Hercule Poirot Is Dead: Famed Belgian Detective, Hercule Poirot, Dies.”  The Times obituary, the first ever published for a fictional character, appeared on August 6, 1975 and read as follows “Hercule Poirot, … Continue reading

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Quiz of the Month – October 2012

You read the titles of literary works all the time, but do you understand what all the words mean and why the titles were chosen?  Here’s a quiz that will test you title knowledge.  The answers are posted here. What is … Continue reading

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The Great John Williams

Film music composer John Williams has written some of the best scores in the history of movie music.  His scores, which tend to be symphonic in nature, echo the work done by early movie music composers such as the great … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

I recently read a fascinating book entitled December 1941 by Craig Shirley.  Each chapter is about a different day during the month the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and declared war on the United States (in that order).  When you read … Continue reading

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