Monthly Archives: July 2014


It seems that Amazon is running into a lot of problems lately, and their fight with Hachette is not helping the situation.  Independent book stores, and chains such as Barnes & Noble are taking advantage of the situation, and some … Continue reading

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Book Your Trip!

Each summer National Public Radio (NPR) generates a list of books for us to consider reading.  This summer they came up with a unique idea.  They are doing a series of articles about travel and modes of transportation.  Many of … Continue reading

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Words At Play

A “false friend” is one who would deceive you.  That person would say things to you that seem like the truth, but would, in fact, be lies.  Those lies might cause you a lot of embarrassment.  Some words are “false … Continue reading

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker magazine has been around since 1925, and it is, I think, one of the world’s great magazines.  To celebrate the redesign of its website, the magazine’s editors are making available many of its articles from 2007 to … Continue reading

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Music Notes

Barbra Streisand and tenor Franco Corelli shared at least two things in common: both were magnificent singers and both suffered from bouts of debilitating stage fright.  You would think that they would become comfortable on stage after a while, but … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

The Shirley Jackson Awards are presented each year to authors for their “outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.”  Here is a list of the nominated works, and the winners. _ _ _ I … Continue reading

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First, There Was Pandemonium! Then All Hell Broke Loose!

John Milton (1608-1674) was a great fan of epic poems.  He was very familiar with Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey (both written in Greek) as well as Virgil’s Aeneid (written in Latin).  For many years he thought about writing an epic … Continue reading

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Let’s play a game about well-known plays.  I’ll give you the first name of a play’s author plus the last name of a character from that play.  Your job is to name the play.  We begin with “William Capulet.”  What … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

“. . . After thirty years teaching in a university, I came to have a certain measured suspicion, sometimes edging onto contempt, for what I called (only to myself) ‘the good student.’  This good student always got the highest grades, … Continue reading

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Summer Reads and a Few Other Things

Summer is definitely here, and many of you will be taking vacations.  So, what books will you take with you?  Just in case your answer is “I don’t know,” here are a few ideas: We begin with Flavorwire’s list of … Continue reading

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