Monthly Archives: June 2014


“Tartt’s fictional world has always been one of opposing extremes: preciousness and sensationalism, the rarefied coterie of students in The Secret History and the bloody violence they get mired in, the gracefully declining aristocratic Southern family in The Little Friend … Continue reading

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Project Gutenberg, Librivox, and The Internet Archive

There are three resources on the internet that may interest you if you are a book lover. The first is Project Gutenberg which is a large resource containing texts of both fiction and nonfiction that are in the public domain.  … Continue reading

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Quiz of the Month – June 2014

The theme of this month’s quiz is “recurring characters in literature.”  All of the characters below appear in more than one book or short story.  Name the authors who created them, and, for extra credit, name the series that the … Continue reading

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Spotify and SiriusXM

Being a lover of many types of music, I often listen on the internet in order to have access to a greater variety of music than what I own.  Also, I do a big band music show once a month … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

You have probably heard that Amazon and Hachette Books (one of the five major book publishers in the U.S.) are in a dispute that has many authors and book companies upset.  In many cases Amazon is putting the purchase of … Continue reading

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How Sherlock Changed the World

I didn’t fully realize the impact that the make-believe detective Sherlock Holmes had on real-life forensic science until I saw the PBS program “How Sherlock Changed the World.”  In fact, his techniques have been adapted by many real crime fighters … Continue reading

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The Name’s Familiar

Some people are quickly forgotten after they die, while others are at least remembered through their names even if the general public knows nothing else about them.  And in many cases we know a word, but have no idea that … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.  I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these … Continue reading

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Did You Know . . . ?

In the late 1940s and early 1950s Flit, a commercial brand of insecticide, contained 5% DDT.  The company came up with a very successful advertising campaign which showed someone being threatened by large menacing insects.  In response to the threat … Continue reading

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