Though you may not know it, 2014 is a very special year in France.  It’s the year in which they will take back their language from foreign interlopers – especially English (the “péril anglais”).  Or will they?

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We are still finding films – mostly early films – that were supposed lost forever.  Here are 10 formerly lost films and where they were found

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Fodor’s has chosen 20 libraries around the world that we should see before we die.  Some are interesting, but two of them – the Beinecke Library at Yale University and the Kanazawa Umimirai University in Kanazawa, Japan – are, to me, unattractive cubes.  What do you think?

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Professional baseball season has just started, so I’ve decided to show you one of the greatest comedy routines ever performed.  Bud Abbot and Lou Costello were famous for the routine called “Who’s on First.”  Their timing had to be perfect, and it was.

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Buzzfeed asked 19 women writers at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference what they were sick of hearing, and they wrote their answers on a whiteboard.

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Flannery O’Connor, Sylvia Plath (above), James Baldwin, and David Foster Wallace are among the 15 literary icons reading their own works in this Flavorwire article.

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The Smithsonian Magazine website offers several games that might interest you.  They include Universal Crossword, Crossword Cubed, Daily Sudoku, Hidato, and Hitori.

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The next edition of the live author interview program In-Depth on Book TV (C-SPAN2) will air Sunday, April 6, 2014 from noon to 3:00 p.m. ET.  The featured guest will be Bing West, an author and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs.  He has written eight books including No True Glory: A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah, The Wrong War: Grit, Strategy and the Way Out of Afghanistan, and The Village.

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