Lagniappe

Deep Thinker

BuzzFeed has some gift ideas for the book lover in your life.  I particularly like the Deep Thinker bookend (above).

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I will do a big band music show for Fritz McCameron on Sunday, December 1, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. CT on WBRH FM (90.3 FM) in Baton Rouge.  Unfortunately WBRH is not available over the internet.  If you live in the Baton Rouge area I invite you to listen to it.

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200 years after the publication of Jane Austen’s most famous novel, Pride and Prejudice, she is still going strong.  There are “Janeiacs” everywhere!

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Book Wedding Cake

Here are some rather bookish wedding cakes especially for the bibliophiles who are in love.

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A “polymath” is a person of extensive and diverse knowledge.  Aeon magazaine has an article in praise of the polymath.

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Can you tell a Pollock from bird dropping?  Can you tell Einstein’s writing from those of Hitler?  And can you tell the ghastly writings of Edward Bulwer-Lytton (“It was a dark and stormy night . . .”) from those of his contemporary Charles Dickens?   Reverent.org has some quizzes that will test your abilities, and if you’re lucky – or maybe it’s more than mere luck in your case – you will do better than the average test-taker who chooses the correct answer only 48.2 percent of the time.

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The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) word of the year is “selfie.”  CNN gives us an account of the earliest known use of the word here, and an OED article gives a list of the runners-up.

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The next edition of the live author interview program In-Depth on Book TV (C-SPAN2) will air Sunday, December 1st from noon to 3:00 p.m. ET.  The featured guest will be author and former philosophy professor Christina Hoff Sommers.  Her recent books include Who Stole Feminism? (1995), One Nation Under Therapy (2005), and The War Against Boys: How Misguided Policies Are Harming Our Young Men (2013).

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Wouldn’t it be interesting if some of the make-believe characters in a novel reviewed real books?  What if, for instance, Harry Potter’s brainy friend Hermione Granger reviewed Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, or if the evil Voldemort reviewed Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People?  What if their reviews were posted on-line by Zola Books?

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I am amazed that Book Notes Plus has visitors from around the world.  We, here in the United States, are about to begin our holiday season, so I send you my best wish wherever you live.  And thank you for visiting my little blog.

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