Monthly Archives: July 2013

Lagniappe

“When I heard that oxygen and magnesium hooked up I was like OMg.”  Get it?  OMG is short for “oh my God,” but also O is the symbol for oxygen and Mg is the symbol for magnesium.  This is one … Continue reading

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Went With The Wind

In 1936 Margaret Mitchell’s still-popular book Gone with the Wind (GWTW) was published.  The movie version of the book with a fabulous cast that included Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Thomas Mitchell, Butterfly McQueen and Hattie McDaniel … Continue reading

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The History of Typography

I can remember the days of the manual typewriter when the only font available was a typeface called Courier.  It was a monospaced font – meaning that the space allotted for every character was the same.  A lower case “i” … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

“Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends.” – H. L. Mencken “If you can’t say anything good about someone, sit right here by me.” – Alice Roosevelt Longworth (She was the daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt, and was, for … Continue reading

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Quiz of the Month – July 2013

Each entry below contains three words that are associated with a work of fiction, nonfiction, a play or a poem.  Name the work and its author using only the three-word clues – if you can.  You can find the answers … Continue reading

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This I Believe

In the early 1950s the great Edward R. Murrow encouraged people, both famous and ordinary, to write short essays on their core values, and then to read them on a five minute long CBS radio program called This I Believe. … Continue reading

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Max Perkins, Editor Extraordinaire

When we think of authors and their books, we generally think of them writing alone, handing a manuscript to a publisher who either accepts or rejects it.  In fact, the book publishing business is seldom that simple.  Harper Lee, for … Continue reading

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Did You Know . . . ?

Joseph Heller planned to title his novel Catch-18 until he found out that Leon Uris was about to publish Mila 18.  Then the search was on to find a number other than 18.  He and his publisher finally agreed on … Continue reading

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The DSM-5 and You

There is a new book out that you have probably never heard of, and even more likely have never read even though it is on the Amazon top 100 list.  (It was number 7 when I wrote this post a … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

Barnes & Noble, the sole remaining nation-wide brick and mortar bookstore chain, recently revealed that its consolidated revenues for the fourth quarter decreased to $1.3 billion – a drop of 7.4 percent as compared to the same period last year.  … Continue reading

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