Monthly Archives: May 2014


James Gulliver Hancock has produced a book, Artists, Writers, Thinkers, Dreamers: Portraits of Fifty Famous Folks & All Their Weird Stuff, composed almost exclusively of illustrations.  The unique thing is that the illustrations are full of interesting facts about their … Continue reading

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The Golden Age of Movie Music – Max Steiner

Max Steiner, like Erich Wolfgang Korngold, grew up in Vienna.  And like Korngold he never intended to write music for movies.  In Steiner’s case he was a brilliant musician as a child and completed a four year course at the … Continue reading

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Selected Shorts – Short Stories on the Radio

WNYC, one of New York City’s public radio stations, in collaboration with Symphony Space produces a series called Selected Shorts which is composed of short stories that are read to a live audience by celebrities.  Some of the short stories … Continue reading

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The Folger Shakespeare Library

Henry and Emily Folger never had children.  They lead very quiet, almost reclusive lives when Henry was away from his work.  However, twice a year – on Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day – they opened their spacious home to … Continue reading

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Quiz of the Month – May 2014

Many movies that are based on books take the name of the book as the title of the movie, but some movie titles have little or nothing in common with the titles of their source material.  So if you want … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

“It may well be that no educated English-speaking person goes more than (at most) a few hours without using one or more words coined by Shakespeare, almost certainly without knowing it.” – Brenda James, The Truth Will Out: Unmasking the … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

“The New Yorker is a worse madhouse than ever now on account of the departure of everybody for the wars, leaving only the senile, the psychoneurotic, the maimed, the halt, and the goofy to get out the magazine.”  E. B. White … Continue reading

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Stranger Than Fiction – Spotlight on an Author

As you read this post, keep in mind that author V. S. Naipaul asked Patrick French to write a biography about him, granted French access to all sorts of materials (including his wife’s diaries which he had not even read), … Continue reading

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Which Type of “Genius” Are You?

Many years ago my children were in the gifted and talented program in our local public school system, and I was involved in the association for gifted and talented students.  In order to acquaint the community with the program, we … Continue reading

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