Monthly Archives: May 2013


How about the lighter side to end May 2013?  Let’s start our end-of-the-month fun with a look at some miniature book libraries. _ _ _ Flavorwire, one of my favorite websites for lists, had a list of 10 of the … Continue reading

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Movie Notes

Director Steven Soderbergh makes a distinction between movies and cinema, and he argues that there are more and more movies being made and less and less cinema.  Slate has a 36 minute sound clip of a speech Soderbergh gave at … Continue reading

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The Ghostess With the Mostess

You’ve probably never seen Marni Nixon, but you’ve heard her singing.  She was the go-to girl for years when non-singing actresses starred in movie musicals.  Most notably she sang for Natalie Wood in West Side Story, Deborah Kerr in The King and … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’ ” – Erma Bombeck “Anyone who … Continue reading

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Quiz of the Month – May 2013

Below you will find passages from a number of different works – fiction, nonfiction, plays, short stories, etc.  Can you name the works and their authors?  In some cases I have changed the original format of the text in order … Continue reading

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Django Reinhardt

On January 24th, 1910 somewhere in Belgium, a baby boy was born into a gypsy family.  His name was Django Reinhardt.  At the age of eight, his tribe settled near Paris.  These French gypsies or Manouches as they were called, … Continue reading

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A Classics Reading List

Back in 2006 I started a book club at my local library because I wanted to read classic literature (whatever that is), and thought it would be more interesting, and much more informative for me if I got others to … Continue reading

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The Last Bookshop

Picture this: at some future time a bored boy sits in a room with blank white walls and conjures up a hologram in the air.  That’s his entertainment system.  Suddenly the hologram disappears and he is unable to retrieve it. … Continue reading

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Words at Play

Most of the suitcases we use today open at the top to display one large compartment into which we can place our clothes.  Long ago there was a suitcase called a portmanteau (see photo below) that opened at the middle, … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

A new movie based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third novel, The Great Gatsby, is about to be released, and the novel itself is still one of Amazon’s top 100 sellers in books.  Why is it still so popular?  Richard Brody … Continue reading

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