Monthly Archives: September 2013


A “bookshelfie” is, generally speaking, a person who has a photograph of himself or herself taken while standing in front of a bookcase.  But you won’t find any photos of human bookshelfies that compare with these 24 cute cat bookshelfies.  … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

“What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness. Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded…sensibly.  Reservedly.  Mildly.” – George Saunders, author “Disney, of course, has the best casting.  If he … Continue reading

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Did You Know . . . ?

When P(hyllis) D(orothy) James decided to start writing mysteries she named her main character Adam Dalgliesh.  His last name was the same as that of one of her high school English teachers, Miss Dalgliesh.  Later she learned that Miss Dalgliesh’s … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week 2013

Banned Books Week, which is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), is September 22−28, 2013. Here are a few articles about banned books that may interest you. We begin with a list of 10 children’s books that have been … Continue reading

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Why Read Old Books?

In his book Readings: Essays and Literary Entertainments, Washington Post book critic Michael Dirda says “For the most part, we all read the same authors, the same old novels and stories, the same approved masterworks taught in school.  Yet how … Continue reading

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Quiz of the Month – September 2013

The Lone Ranger had Tonto, and Batman had Robin.  Sidekicks seem to be an important element in both movies and literature.  Below you will find the names of 40 characters from literature.  Your mission is to name their sidekick or … Continue reading

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The Fine Art of Translation

Look for an English language version of Homer’s Odyssey, Dante’s Divine Comedy or Tolstoy’s War and Peace and you will find that there are numerous translations.  Why is this so?  Why isn’t one enough?  All you have to do is … Continue reading

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Academic Earth

Have you ever taken a course at Harvard, MIT, the University of Oxford, Yale, or perhaps the University of Western Sydney?  Would you like to take one?  Free?  I’m not joking.  Through the internet, free courses taught by professors at … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

The Today show has just started a book club.  The first selection is The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, and sales of the book have skyrocketed since the announcement.  The club will choose a book every four to five weeks … Continue reading

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The Old Man and the Sea

Across the River and Into the Trees (1950) was a flop.  There was no other way to put it.  The great Ernest Hemingway, with hits that included The Sun Also Rises (1926), A Farewell to Arms (1929), and For Whom … Continue reading

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