Monthly Archives: November 2013


BuzzFeed has some gift ideas for the book lover in your life.  I particularly like the Deep Thinker bookend (above). _ _ _ I will do a big band music show for Fritz McCameron on Sunday, December 1, 2013 from … Continue reading

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Movie Notes

Some of the greatest movie directors in the business are sounding very pessimistic about the future of movies.  The problem, they say, is that the studios, which are run by accounting types rather than by people who love cinema, are … Continue reading

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Quiz of the Month – November 2013

This is the second part of the quiz based on 1,000 Years, 1,000 People: Ranking the Men and Women Who Shaped the Millennium (1998) by Agnes Hooper Gottlieb, Henry Gottlieb, Barbara Bowers and Brent Bowers.  They came up with their … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

“It has pleased me throughout the long series of Tarzanian exploits to draw comparisons between the manners of men and the manners of beasts and seldom to the advantage of men.  Perhaps I hoped to shame men into being more … Continue reading

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America’s Librarian

Nancy Pearl is known to many as America’s librarian for good reason.  For many years she worked as a librarian in various public library systems, then taught a library science course called Book Lust 101 at the University of Washington.  … Continue reading

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A College of One

In 1937 F. Scott Fitzgerald was in a trouble.  His wife, Zelda, was permanently committed to an asylum, his daughter was in school and needed money, and Scott’s books weren’t selling well.  In fact, it seemed that the world had … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

As always there are lots of things going on at Amazon. Amazon has just raised the amount you must purchase for free shipping from $25 per order to $35 per order.  Barnes & Noble, and Deep Discount still offer free … Continue reading

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Unreliable Narrators

I lead most of the discussions in my Reading the Classics Book Club, and one of my stock questions about any novel written in the first person is “Can we trust the narrator?”  For instance in many of Poe’s stories … Continue reading

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