Monthly Archives: January 2013

TCM – 31 Days of Oscar

Each year Turner Classic Movies (TCM) presents 31 days of Oscar nominated movies from February 1st through March 3rd in anticipation of the Academy Awards.  The 85th Academy Awards presentation will be broadcast on Sunday, February 24th.  All 349 movies … Continue reading

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“Lagniappe is a Cajun French word that means “something extra.”  In the old days when you bought groceries at a rural south Louisiana store the grocer might throw in something free like a candy bar or some inexpensive cookies as … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

“We are, as a species, addicted to story.  Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night telling itself stories.” – Jonathan Gottschall in The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human “People like to ask … Continue reading

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Did You Know . . . ?

Novelist and playwright William Saroyan (The Human Comedy and The Time of Your Life) and his cousin Ross Bagdasarian wrote the 1951 Rosemary Clooney hit “Come On-a My House.”  The music was based on an Armenian folk song (both men were Armenian-Americans).  … Continue reading

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The Golden Age of Movie Music – Erich Wolfgang Korngold

This is the first in a series of posts concerning great movie music composers and related topics. _ _ _ Composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold was born in Bruno, Austria (now part of Czechoslovakia) on May 29, 1897.  His father, a … Continue reading

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Quiz of the Month – January 2013

The word “villain” is derived from the Anglo-French word villein, which means “farmland.”  So, originally a villain was a person tied to the land – someone who was probably uneducated and uncultured.  From that, the word villain evolved into its … Continue reading

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Music Notes

What do you do with those old vinyl LP recordings that you can’t even give away these days?  Well, someone has come up with the bright idea of trimming the LPs down so that only the labels and a bit … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, National Geographic!

The National Geographic Society was founded on January 13, 1888, and the first issue of National Geographic magazine was published in October of that year, so NatGeo is celebrating its 125th birthday this year.  There is a special 125th birthday … Continue reading

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Pretty Books

My friend, let’s call him Claude, who could build anything, had just finished building a beautiful bookcase.  I found it interesting that this non-reader would spend so much time and energy building a home for books.  “Now that I have … Continue reading

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Talking about Books . . .

Here’s what they put on the dust jacket: “This gritty street tale is a breakout book by an author who bears watching.  His wildly imaginative epic offers an edgy, sensual, and utterly unflinching visionary view of life that brilliantly defies … Continue reading

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