Monthly Archives: March 2013


When we look at the dedication of a book, we usually find something heartwarming like, “To my darling wife who stood by me every step of the way as I struggled to complete this book.”  We don’t expect to find … Continue reading

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You’ve Got to Read This!

Ralph Marino has submitted a list of books, but in a bit of an unconventional format.  But that’s OK.  Here are his thoughts: In lieu of 10 favorite books I would like to submit and describe the 4 dusty stacks … Continue reading

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Music Notes

It’s not too early to start planning your summer vacation, and if you like Broadway music and operetta, I’ve got just the place for you.  Three years ago I made a trip to Wooster, Ohio to see and hear the … Continue reading

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Stranger Than Fiction – Spotlight on an Author

He was born in Russia in late 1919 or early 1920 – his parents weren’t quite sure which.  He and his family came to the United States when he was three years old, and he grew up to become one … Continue reading

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Words at Play

You might think that there have always been English language dictionaries, but in fact, the first comprehensive English dictionary was not produced until 1755 by Dr. Samuel Johnson.  Johnson, a British author, moralist, literary critic, and biographer was also, luckily, … Continue reading

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Movie Notes

The “Oscars” were given out on February 24th, and we can hope that all of them are safe with their recipients.  I bring this up because there are cases where the statuette has either been stolen or misplaced.  The most … Continue reading

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Quiz of the Month – March 2013

Each entry below represents a make-believe newspaper headline that describes the plot or an incident in a famous novel, non-fiction book, short story or play.  Can you name each work and its author?  The answers are posted on my Quiz … Continue reading

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Two Excellent Books for Children

My granddaughter (Alden), my wife and I recently read aloud Dodie Smith’s delightful The 101 Dalmatians (ISBN-13: 978-0-14-034034-1).  This is not a 20 or 30 page book with drawings on every page, but rather the original 184 page novel for … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

Probably the best translators of Russian literature today are the husband and wife team Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky.   He is a native English speaker and she is a native Russian speaker.  How do they work?  Fortunately, we have an … Continue reading

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