Monthly Archives: February 2013

Lagniappe

Most companies get very upset if someone messes with their logo, but Google is different.  It regularly puts its logo through all sorts of gyrations and variations.  The often-innovative Google doodles are generally posted for a day, celebrate birthdays, the … Continue reading

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Did You Know . . . ?

Rienzi, an early opera composed by Richard Wagner, is based on the 1835 novel of the same name by Edward Bulyer-Lytton.  As you may remember Bulyer-Lytton is also the author of the 1830 novel Paul Clifford which gave us the … Continue reading

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Music Notes

It wasn’t so long ago that black classical musicians and singers were barred from taking part in the musical scene in this country.  As part of Black History Month, WQXR public radio presents a timeline of black classical musicians and … Continue reading

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Stranger Than Fiction – Spotlight on an Author

How’s this for the plot of a novel?  A black child is born into poverty in the rural south, somehow gets a degree in anthropology from Barnard College; plays a significant role in the Harlem Renaissance writing plays, short stories, … Continue reading

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Quiz of the Month – February 2013

The 85th Academy Awards presentation will take place on Sunday, February 24th, so I decided to see if you can recall some lines from some famous movies that were based on books, and plays.  Here’s your mission – should you … Continue reading

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I Confess

I confess.  I’m a bookworm.  I always have been, and always will be.  I can’t deny it because the evidence is in almost every room in my house.  Books.  Hundreds of books on hundreds of subjects.  Books I’ve read, books … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

“Serious literature acts like a rocket-booster to the brain. . . . The research shows the power of literature to shift mental pathways, to create new thoughts, shapes and connections in the young and the staid alike.”  Those are the … Continue reading

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