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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